Sunday, August 1, 2010

Busy Bee

Not that you're all sitting around biting your nails in anticipation as you wait for my next blog post, but I feel the need to explain why I have been MIA this week.

For starters, my husband went on a "business trip" to Greece. I very purposefully have placed quotation marks around the words "business" and "trip" because he took a friend along....the kind of friend that likes to stay up all night and consume mass amounts of alcohol. So while this trip may have contained 10% official business, it was definitely 90% fun, which is a good and necessary thing because the hubby deserves it, as he is an even busier bee than myself.

So, home along with two small children does not leave much time for blogging or eating or showering or bowel movements for that matter.

Yes, I've taken it there.

Also, this weekend, and by weekend I mean Friday through Monday, I have been attending the SCBWI Conference (That would be the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) in Century City.

I came here last year to promote my young adult novel, Urban Falcon, and found it to be one of the more interesting and informative conferences around.

This year I have had the pleasure of listening to esteemed children's writers and illustrators talk about their process and careers including the likes of:

Jon Scieszka (author of The Stinky Cheese Man)

M. T. Anderson (author of Octavian Nothing )

Gordon Korman (author of Your Mummy is a Nose Picker) * let it be known there were a million titles to choose from, but this one stood out.

Marion Dane Bauer (author of Killing Miss Kitty and Other Sins)

E.B. Lewis (illustrator of over 30 books including D is for Drinking Gourd)

Gail Carson Levine (author of Ella Enchanted)

Carolyn Mackler (author of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.)

And I still have a day and a half to go!

I am simultaneously feeling inspired, motivated and utterly exhausted.

And my birthday is tomorrow.

But starting Tuesday, I will be back on track....and just to keep inquiring minds wondering what's around the corner here in blogland, I give you the following key words: Quilts, Animal Washcloths and Blouse.

How’s that to whet your palate?

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