Thursday, April 22, 2010

Some Enchanted Evening...


Yes, that is Tim Gunn. With me! It is not a cardboard cutout. My friend Amy and I went to Kate Spade where Tim gave fashion tips and answered questions about Project Runway while the crowd sipped champagne. He is adorable. I love him, even my husband and son love him, and they don't care about fashion. We were giddy, Amy and I! I believe I'm gonna put this picture on a tshirt--right after I find out who won Project Runway. (Thank goodness for Tivo.)

Monday, April 19, 2010

It Just Looks Like Lazy....


I was just telling a friend how unfashionable I feel. I can't multitask. I do one thing at a time and I go deep into the zone while I'm there. Sitting is a favorite activity, along with staring out the window. A lot goes on in my head, but I don't break a sweat. It looks like lazy from where you're sitting, I'm sure.

I also talk to myself. I'm constantly interrupted mid-conversation, too. So that looks nutty. I know I should be training for a marathon and booking school visits and cleaning the garage all simultaneously, but I'm happy eating a banana. In a chair. For like an hour.

And when I get up, I feel like I had a little adventure. But you wouldn't know it, because it looks like garden-variety sloth and lack of ambition from the outside.

Maybe I should mention that I do take a daily walk. It's part of my writing routine, really. Gets the juices flowing for more hours of sitting and sporadic typing. Oh, and I make coffee. That's pretty industrious, isn't it? I like to think so.

Monday, April 12, 2010

SCBWI Writer's Day Redux






Thanks to helpful SCBWI-er Rita Crayon Huang, I now have pictures of the Writer's Day speakers. From top to bottom: Libba Bray, Jill Corcoran, Rachel Abrams, Lisa Wheeler and me. And a good time was had by all.

I enjoyed reconnecting with Lisa. Her straightforward presentation on rhyming picture books made me want to try one (again). Meeting Libba Bray was a pleasure. I suspect she has a much more roomy brain than I do. She's a marathon writer with great scope. Jill Corcoran's talk on submitting queries made me realize that thanks to the internet, the game of submitting and researching potential agents and editors has changed greatly since the olden days. And Rachel Abrams, editor at Harper Collins, touched on every single thing a submitting author must know if she hopes to see a first book in print.

I talked a whole lot about the emotions a writer goes through trying to break in, doing revisions, getting dumped and succeeding at last. I wanted to hug everyone in the audience after I was done, because (as Marvin Gaye once said) we're all sensitive people. Sure, publishing is a business, but everyone is in it out of love. Keeping open is sometimes hard, but as writers, we don't know how to do it any other way.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELLI!



Wish I could be with you to dance to this!

Happpppppyyyyyyyy DAY!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hip hip hooray! It's Writers Day!


I'm so looking forward to meeting these speakers and all the rest of the SCBWI-ers attending this event. Hope you'll come too!

Saturday, April 10, 2010
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Clairbourn School
San Gabriel, CA