Last weekend, I went up to LA for the SCBWI international conference. The first time I attended this conference was last summer, so I knew to expect that I would be completely overwhelmed.
Which.I.was. Even though I knew what was coming.There is just so much good information and inspiration. Many, many things to ponder, but little time to ponder it, because you are quickly off to the next session! Aaaaiiiiiii!
But I had two main reasons for attending this year. The first was to have a meeting with my agent, Joanna Volpe. I had never met her in person, and she was just as cute and adorable as she sounds on the phone. She gave a couple of presentations and spoke on the agent panel. Let me just tell you how utterly proud I am to have this woman represent me. And we had a little time to discuss a story I'm struggling with and to pinpoint exactly what and when something major (in terms of character arc) needs to happen for the story to hold together and gel at the end. (And when I read her the synopsis, we both got a little teary...in a good way...er, um, I hope.)
And I stupidly did not get a picture. Boo. (But I am just going to admit that I am really lame at remembering to take pictures. Just ask my children:(.)
I did, however, manage to get a picture of this guy:
So, those two people, Jo and Richard, are responsible for dragging me from my lair all the way up the coast to LA. But, and this is a big but, there were even more amazing folks there!
However, I am afraid that will be a post for another day. Somehow, it became August, and I have a love/hate relationship with August. Right now, I am loving having some time to finish up a few things before school starts. But soon, I will hate how rushed everything will become...alas.
I am getting ready to crack open Richard's new book: THE MOUSE WITH THE QUESTION MARK TAIL and marveling at the wonder of summer--where I can sit down and read and not feel one bit guilty about it!