I must confess that I’ve been a tad delinquent about the blog lately. I do have an excuse. It’s a good one too! On January 13th, I had a second seizure. I never thought I’d say this but the first seizure went more smoothly. I was sleeping when it happened. The second one wasn’t as kind. I was standing in the kitchen, thinking about two upcoming author visits and revisions, and the next moment that I remember is sitting on the kitchen floor with two EMTs in front of me asking me questions. And you know you’re having one of those no-good-really-bad days when you get to the E.R. and the doctor warns you that the swelling and black and blues on your face will only get worse over the next couple of days. (Apparently, I had fallen flat on my face and broken my nose.) The bump on my forehead has been wickedly determined to stick around, but I am very happy to report that I’m on the mend. I’d like to shout out a VERY HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for your good wishes.
Now, there’s no better chicken soup for a children’s book author on the mend than the SCBWI’s Winter Conference. It was DY-NO-MITE! I attended three incredible workshops: one on writing picture books (never hurts to go back to the basics) and two on author visits. (Unfortunately, I missed the Golden Kite Gala Awards and Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s speech.)
Here are a few photographic highlights:
Welcome and Introduction by Steve Mooser and Lin Oliver
Opening Keynote Speaker: Jarrett Krosoczka
Picture Book Workshop taught by Allyn Johnston, Rubin Pfeffer, and Marla Frazee.
Women were well-represented at the conference and this little attention to detail was much appreciated (although the sign should be edited to say, “Gentlemen” rather than “Gentleman”).
Me and Linda Sue Park
Meg Medina introducing keynote speaker, Elizabeth Acevedo.
Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Acevedo
Me and the amazing Elizabeth Acevedo
(I so hope every teenager gets to hear her speak. Wow!)
Upping Your School Visit Game Workshop taught by Phil Bildner.
Closing Keynote Speaker: Christopher Paul Curtis
Happy Birthday, Jane Yolen!
Thank you SCBWI for all that you do for each and everyone of us. Fingers and toes crossed I will make it to my first summer conference in L.A.