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June 25, 2012 @ 6:12 pm | Filed under: Author stuff, Events

I had a wonderful time. Dunno if/when I’ll have a minute to write about it; lots on my plate this week. But the nutshell version is: as always, the best part of a conference is catching up with friends, and this conference was particularly excellent in that regard.

Tanita Davis, I met your editor and we raved to each other about how awesome you are. Anne Marie Pace, your agent, ditto. πŸ™‚

Allison Tran of the Authors are ROCKSTARS podcast was kind enough to request an interview , and she and her guest host, Lalitha Nataraj (filling in for Allison’s co-host Michelle), asked really excellent questions about my new books, my Little House books, my social media junkieism, my Betsy-Tacy junkieism, and the challenge of juggling mom/writer/blogger hats. (Hint: It really helps to have a husband who does all the laundry.) I had a ball. Talked way too much, no doubt. The podcast will run sometime in July, I believe—I’ll post a link when it goes up! Thanks again, Allison and Lalitha—our chat was one of the highlights of my weekend.

Of course there’s never enough time to do everything you want to—especially hang out with your librarian friends, for whom the American Library Association conventions are actually, you know, filled with WORK. Presentations and meetings and panels and whatnot. But I’m grateful for the hours I got to spend gabbing away with some of the funniest, smartest, thinkingest people in the books world. Thank goodness for the internet, is all I can say about having to part with them.

Pardon my dust over the next few days—we’re rolling out some long overdue changes to the site, and I’m sure I’ll be tinkering and tweaking in the weeks to come. Lots of photos to resize, things like that. Bear with me! πŸ™‚


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  1. Oh, my goodness, I was *so close to going* and then I came down with a need to cough my lungs out. So glad you had fun!!!! It’s an amazing thing, to be with book people for days on end. Almost as good as comic book people, with costumes, and monster dolls… ☺

  2. Tanita and I sat at the same table at the Newbery/Caldecott banquet two years ago and now we’re in the same paragraph.

    So glad you had a wonderful time–and I’m looking forward to the podcast!!

  3. So bummed you got sick, Tanita! Hope you’re feeling better now?

    Anne Marie, how did I not know you two had met? Now I’m the jealous one. πŸ˜‰

  4. If there’s an inn at the top of Bonny Glen Mountain, I’d like to make a reservation. Now there’s a story idea to put on a saucer next to your full plate.

    The site looks great, but what do you think of “Book-Bee” instead of BW bee? Coining a new word!!!
    Good luck