Phew! So glad all the traveling is done for the season. I had a great time at both Balticon and the NJSCBWI conference, but I need to get back to work. Or else, yanno, what’s the point?
I scored some books at both events:
These are two awesome books by Jackie Dolamore (one signed!), plus The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity, an anthology full of authory goodness, and Sirenz, Back in Fashion, by my fabulous girls Char Bennardo and Nat Zaman. I can’t wait to dive in and start reading!
I also scored some awesome swag at NJSCBWI:
The faculty are always treated well at this conference, and this year the outgoing RA, Kathy Teaman pulled out all the stops. The blue bag has a silkscreen of the winning conference logo, which is something faculty gets every year. The beach towel has all of the entered logos, and I will be happy to take this to the pool this summer. But the big surprise was this:
This gorgeous computer bag was Kathy’s special gift to all the women on faculty this year. You might not be able to see it in the pic, but it has “NJSCBWI” stamped into the lower right hand corner. I was so proud to carry this all weekend (and happy too, because my notebook computer slipped right inside, making hauling that around all the easier and SO stylish!).
The conference, as usual, was amazing. The guys at the Clinton Book Shop managed to even get copies of The Sword of Danu for the book fair, even though I hadn’t known the ISBN when I submitted the form and the fact the book had only come out two weeks earlier. If you ever visit Clinton, NJ, stop by and say hi!
I did my workshop on Worldbuilding in Fantasy, which seemed to be well received. Phew! There were workshops on villains by John Cusick, and on book promotion by Char and Nat, good food, meeting up with old friends, and getting advice from Dan Yaccarino and Kate deCamillo. What an inspiring weekend! It was my first time on faculty, and I don’t want it to be my last. If you have the opportunity to attend, don’t pass it up. Our new RA, Leeza Hernandez, has big shoes to fill, but I know my girl is up to the challenge, because she is awesome.
And now, to finish up with the school year (mainly consisting of putting things away and covering up the shelves and putting the library to sleep for the summer) and get to reading, writing, and finishing up my Master’s project so I can GRADUATE in December. This is life, people! Grab it with both hands!