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An awesome list of YA books that rock, via @randomhousekids.

Amy Baskin interviews the very talented Nikki McClure.

100 Scope Notes has a nice list of Fall books.

I’ll eat you up, I love you so. Wild Things cupcakes, via Neatorama.

Now, off to the bookstore!

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I just got home from the conference.

Sure, I could have been back on a plane weeks ago. That would have been the easy way to do it, but I took the road less traveled. Directly after the conference I met my family for 2 days at Disneyland, a day visiting family in East L.A., 2 days in Sedona, a day in New Mexico, and a few days in Colorado visiting a large portion of my immediate family.

Then we drove home to Seattle.

We logged over 3000 miles.

Did I mention that in addition to my sweet husband and me we also had our 2 year old, our 6 year old, and 2 dogs?

Our backseat looked like this, but with one more dog and a humongous pile of luggage/books/toys. And a big box of green chile. And noise.

The picture doesn’t capture the noise:

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Two words. Violet Beauregarde. Blueberry infused vodka with lemonade and muddled mint. Blissfully refreshing.

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The trip was great. I’ve lived in various areas of the mountains and desert most of my life. I love Seattle, but I appreciate the contrast. It was good to get back.

Here’s a little something from the trip: There are no books at Disneyland.  After I noticed that the first gift shop was free of reading material, it became a quest.  Not even a sparkly, electronic board book to be found anywhere. Really, Disney?

So- the conference….Awesome, awesome, awesome.  Thank you to the readers who came to say hi! It’s so nice to know who reads my silly ramblings. My guilt is appeased at not posting knowing you had the official SCBWI Team blog available. I didn’t take any pictures, but I had lots of fun and met many fine folks.

Highlights-

Watching Jolie and Sara co-win the member of the year award. Yay! Their accounts can be found here and here.

Inspirational keynotes. Sherman Alexie and Richard Peck each made me misty.

And the best thing about the conference for me was…

Linda Sue Park’s master class on revision! So much great information. Thanks, Linda Sue! And, uh, I’m not the only one who had an eventful car ride after the conference.

I’m off to write, but here are a few things to check out-

Kirby Larson’s first installment of a very impressive blog panel discussing gender and books.

Cheryl Klein offers an editor’s opinion on speedy manuscript auctions, and Michael Bourret responds with an agent’s view. What do you think?

The Cybils are coming! Nominations start in October, but they’re currently looking for judges and panelists.

Mitali Perkins offers easy steps for getting started on Twitter.

And Jody Feldman is offering a fun contest to celebrate the paperback release of The Gollywhopper Games.

I’m in L.A. for the SCBWI summer conference!  I’ve spent the day napping a nasty bugger of a headache away, but it’s mostly gone now and there is fun to be had.

I’ll try blogging while I’m here, but I learned last year that things are pretty busy. I might not get much blogging done.  I’ll definitely post a few tweets, and you can follow everybody’s conference tweets here.

That’s not enough for you, though, is it?  Of course not. So here’s the official SCBWI team blog. I have no doubt that Alice, Jolie, Jaime, Lee, Paula, and Suzanne will bring you the goods. They already are. Look at those zombie interviews!

If you’re here at the conference, say hi!

I write stories for kids while volunteering as the Assistant Regional Advisor and Conference Coordinator for the western Washington chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

I live in Seattle with my family and a small zoo of animals. I drink copious amounts of coffee and assign complicated life stories to passing strangers. I'm currently working on a middle grade novel.

There's a wee bit more on my website. You can also follow me on twitter.

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