Sorry, again, for my lack of updates as of late. As I've said, I'm in over my head in revising this draft (we are currently fighting, it is winning) and last week was the Texas Library Association Conference, or TLA. I think I'm still recovering. Those who have followed my blog for a while (or are general creepers) will remember I went last year and the epicness that followed. While I didn't meet Suzanne Collins again (or JK Rowling, though she did send her regards), an epic time was still had by all.
On Tuesday Jen and I checked into our swank hotel (seriously, we had a kitchen with full size fridge, stove top, dishwasher, etc. It was epic.) and while she was off doing her head-honcho duties I
We left the party and picked up our last roommate, Jennifer, on the way to dinner with Sophie Jordan and Tera Lynn Childs. Sophie and Tera Lynn are so sweet, we talked about books, writing, publishing and everything in between. I just remembered that we forgot to take a picture, major boo on us! Next time, ladies.
Wednesday was when the conference itself started. I spent most of the morning waiting in author signing lines and was able to walk around the exhibit floor after lunch.
Ally Condie, author of Matched
Paolo Bacigalupi, author of Ship Breaker
Me, Jennifer, Jen, and our Girls in the Stacks friends. I love those gals.
Bettina Restrepo, author of Illegal.
I also met (but didn't get pictures with) C.C. Hunter, Michael Buckley, Elizabeth Scott, and Lauren Myracle.
At the end of the day, we all had so many books we couldn't carry them. Seriously. Our hotel was maybe a half-a-block from the exhibit center and we couldn't make it. We had to have a bellhop meet us at the corner to help us. We are pathetic. Or made of win, take your pick.
After a quick change of clothes we were off to another cocktail party, this time all the authors and publishers were there. And this time we remembered to take a picture with Sophie. Yay!
Thursday was a bit crazy, the only author I remembered to get a picture with was Carrie Ryan.
Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Things were so busy I just didn't think about taking pictures. Other authors I met Thursday were Joy Preble, Gayle Forman, Jill S. Alexander, David Levithan, and James Howe.
I didn't have too much free time on Thursday because I was volunteering for most of the afternoon. I helped Jill S. Alexander (Who is so very sweet, and a Texas author. You should go buy her books.) and David Levithan (I think I did a pretty good job of keeping my squees to myself while helping him.). After my shift ended the exhibit hall was closing. Jen, Cari and I took a quick dip in the hot tub at our hotel before having dinner with our Literary Lonestar friends and Texas authors Bettina Restrepo, Joy Preble, and Jenny Moss. Jenny will be moving to Austin soon and I couldn't be more excited to have her here!
Friday is what I call The Crazy Day. Publishers don't want to take books back with them, so they either give them away or sell them for cheap. I got a few things but didn't feel like throwing elbows this year. I spent the rest of the day volunteering (this time with Gerald McDermottt, a picture book author). So I know you're wondering what books I got, right?
I didn't get as many books as last year, and that was my intention. Last year I was all grabby-hands and I still have things I got that I haven't read. This year I tried to take my time and only get things I knew I'd enjoy reading. It was also a lot easier on my back. ;) And yes, I do have doubles of a few things. I'll be giving them away either her or on Literary Lonestars.
I cannot put into words my love for TLA. I mean, sure, there's lots of free books, but it's amazing to be around people who share your
I've also decided that I'll be at ALA in New Orleans in late June. Will you be there? Let me know!
PS- I have to share this picture because I can't stop laughing. Even though the conference was last week, I just today looked at my pictures. I had to heavily crop the picture of me with Carrie Ryan because of a photo bomber. See if you can find her.
I don't now if she is purposefully photo-bombing or if she flipped out when she saw Carrie Ryan, either way I am still giggling over it.