Because it's time to start saving for next year's SCBWI summer conference: my favorite of the year!!!
If you've just returned home from the 2010 conference, I'm sure you already have this jar out with it's first trickle of coins. If you haven't been there yet, you don't want to miss it.
Since I did a fair bit of blogging about the conference during the conference, how 'bout I take you on a little journey through some photos? But there's plenty of reading to be done. Don't miss the complete TEAM BLOG coverage (I have finally browsed all of it and there is so much good stuff there). Also, check out the #LA10SCBWI twitter feed. Many are tweeting with links to their own conference blog posts.
So, other than the fab keynotes and great breakout sessions offered, here are some of the other parts of the SCBWI summer conference that were my very favorite reasons for attending.
There was lots of meeting friends, old and new, and some friends I've met online but never face to face. The hotel lounge was always a happening spot throughout the conference.
(Kjersten Hayes and I photograph each other.)
The only down side was realizing how many people I missed or never had a chance to truly chat with.
THE HEART AND SOUL POOLSIDE GALA
Friends enjoying Mexican food and cookies.
Oh, yes...I said cookies. Really. Big. Sugary. Cookies!
Cookies filling huge vases.
I was so wishing I had snuck a couple of those up to my room. I swear, they were the size of my head.
Mike Jung's creepy costume didn't even stop me from devouring my sweet treat.
There was lots and lots of dancing. That's SCBWI's own Sally Crock busting a move with the amazing Ashley Bryan.
It's a great night to capture a photo with friends (especially when they are all decked out).
And, my short shelf with the beautiful and tall Robin Mellom (we are both in flats).
The ultra adorable Amber Lough.
Martha and I caught a shot with debut authors Kiersten White and Stephanie Perkins. They are super cool girlies.
And I had to get a Port Townsend picture. Hey...the gangs all here. Wait a minute! Brockenbrough snuck into my photo with the Watson fellas. She doesn't live in PT...yet! (We do wish the rest of the Watsons could have been there, too.)
And you never know who you might be able to get a photo with. Like a sweet cupid.
Hey...can I get a photo too?
Hey, wait! Isn't that Jay Asher under that wig?
And he had some rather lovely cupids by his side...
Chris receives his award from Steve Mooser and Lin Oliver.
On the last day of the conference Chris and I grab a photo together, knowing we have a bond we will share forever. (Yes, I know I'm cheesy!)
ARTHUR A. LEVINE'S MASTER CLASS
Thank you, Arthur, for a most amazing experience; one that I will carry throughout my writerly lifetime.
And how must one end the conference and conference coverage. Well, my teammate Suzanne Young says that these (see photo below) sunglasses look good on anyone. Really? Anyone? So Mr. Dan Santat and I donned a pair with her. I don't know, Suzanne! But at least they got rid of my awful red-eye problem.