Writ by Whit

is the banner under which all the written works of Dave Whitaker have been collected. 2012 saw the arrival of the children’s novel, Otter and Arthur and the Sword in the Stone and its sequel, Otter and Arthur and the Round Table, followed the next year. However, I have mostly written non-fiction in different capacities, as detailed in the information below.

In addition, I have used this site to also gather lists and reviews about books, since I believe being a good writer goes hand-in-hand with being a good reader.

In support of my books, I have done appearances on television (see it here), radio (hear it here), and at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, book stores, schools, libraries, and book fairs. I am also a 2012 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) winner. Check out the contact info page to set up an event.

Toolbox Training

I formed Toolbox Training in 1998 to provide resources, training, and consulting for adults who work with children in afterschool settings. In that capacity, I written books about child development, staff training, transition activities, and multiple intelligences. You can see all the titles here. I have also compiled books on activity ideas including music, art, games, and science.

Dave's Music Database

Dave's Music Database (The DMDb for short) is devoted to the collection, consolidation, and promotion of music-related best-of lists. The DMDB is for anyone who loves rating, ranking, reviewing, ranting, and reading about favorite albums, songs, acts, videos, and other things music-related.

I have published a collection of essays (No One Needs 21 Versions of “Purple Haze”) from my music blog and several books, including The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999, The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953 and The Top 100 Albums of All Time.

I maintain a regular music-themed blog which offers posts related to best-of lists and music history. I'm also a former music columnist for PopMatters. Those columns have been collected here.

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