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and then I’ll shut up about it. It was really great. Elizabeth Bird from the beloved blog Fuse #8 has a rather eloquent review of all three days. I had the good fortune to introduce Betsy for one of her break out sessions, which was inspiring and informative. AND she hosts a mean Kidlit Drink Night. It ended a little early with all the jet lag for the New Yorkers and the meeting at the conference center at 6 a.m. for the Advisory Committee- but it was still good fun.
If you’re interested in SCBWI Western Washington our next professional series gets underway in September. Until then, look for conference pictures, updates, discussions, etc. on the SCBWI Facebook page, and don’t forget the Inside Story celebration May 18 from 4-6 at University Bookstore.
By the way, I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules tonight on Betsy’s recommendation. It was awesome. I think it was even funnier than the first book. If I was 10 again I would cherish these books with the same passion I had for Bunnicula and The Goonies. Jeff Kinney is a hoot.
Working on revisions for my middle grade novel. Reading Clementine and The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. I LOVED these books I think Ms. Pennypacker did a fantastic job creating such lovable characters- particularly Clementine and her patient, sweet dad. The voice is very distinct and authentic. The next of the series, Clementine’s Letter, is out in a month and I can’t wait. You probably have already read A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban. It won the Cybil, it’s getting the hype. It’s well deserved. An organ contest? Neil Diamond? Lovable, but flawed and alive parents? Yes! I hope kids everywhere pick this up.