Sunday, August 8, 2010

Fun at SCBWI LA 2010

A lot of really amazing blog posts have come out of the 39th Annual SCBWI summer conference. So I won’t post on all of the great advice I received while there—not for the moment, anyway. But I thought it would be great fun to post some photos. Only problem is, I seem to remember being in a lot of photos, but there weren’t so many on my camera, so please, if you took some of me, email them to me! I’m quite curious to see them, especially if you were in the photo with me and you are shorter than me. That’s always refreshing.

You know I actually thought I was tall growing up? Yeah, For real. All 5’4” of me. I still buy myself trousers that I end up tripping over. I’m pretty sure there’s a name for this disorder.

Anyway, here are the photos. Keep in mind that everyone in these is pretty spankin’ awesome. My roomies, Sara McClung and Casey McCormick, will forever hold a special place in my tall heart.


Our first breakfast in the hotel—good gawd, one of the most expensive breakfasts ever. But totally priceless company. From the left: Sherrie Petersen, Casey McCormick, Me, Shelli Johannes-Wells, Sara Mcclung. *Sigh* I love them.








Wine and Cheese Reception

Top: With the Fab Kimberly Derting (THE BODY FINDER)  

Right: With the Sweetalicious Kiersten White (PARANORMALCY) 


Above: With Daisy Whitney (THE MOCKINGBIRDS), Suzanne Young (THE NAUGHTY LIST), and Stephanie Perkins (ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS)—all of these authors are amazing and honey-sweet.


DSC00037  At the Heart and Soul Ball

From Left: Shannon Messenger, Sara, Casey, Heather Trese, and Jessica Love. I’m in there, too—the one in red.


P.S. We spent so much time with hearty-heart Shannon, that we might as well have been roomies.  Heather and Jessica? Also fabulous.



With the lovely Sherrie Petersen, aka Solvang Sherrie. It took Casey telling me Sherrie’s blogger name for me to realize I already knew her. Thank goodness for Casey and Sara. They kept me afloat. By the way, LOVE Sherrie.









At the tail end of the Heart and Soul Ball.

Top: With Lisa Schroeder  (I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME)

Right: with Bree Despain (THE DARK DIVINE)

OMG, I got to meet Lisa and Breeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!








Top: Golden Kite Luncheon with the girls!!!  Right: Casey and Sara. Try to guess where they are. P.S. I Heart Roomies.













Top left: Not a flattering photo of me, but wanted to show you how we just could not stop laughing, pretty much the whole conference.

Right: With super sweetie Dana Elmendorf. Ran into so many awesomes at this one!

Bottom left: Leaving an imprint so Casey won’t forget me.

DSC00052 Miss you.


Okay, so it turns out I have a lot of pictures. Some with others you might recognize. So, if you want to see more, friend me on Facebook.

P.S. A little story for you.

Okay, so my flight got into LA around 11:40. Yeah, PM. After waiting ages for my luggage, it took me forever to figure out where the shuttle stop was, and then the guy tells me it’ll be at least an hour before the shuttle comes because of the traffic (what?! After freaking midnight??) So, okay, I take a taxi. $$$$ Ouch. But when I arrive in the hotel room, somewhere after 1 AM, Sara and Casey, poor things, were sound asleep. Now, Sara and I have met in person before. So, I thought I’d just crawl into bed with her, no problem. But, dear Sara is in the middle of the bed. And dear Sara is not stirring at all, not even with all the racket the bell hop makes. But Casey on the other hand wakes. So I say to her,” Hi Casey! So glad to meet you!” Big hugs exchanged. I take one last glance at Sara’s bed. No go, she’s out cold (jet lag is serious business, people). So, I ask Casey if she minds if I sleep with her. Of course, being the sweetness that she is, she says no problem. So I crawl in with her and fall asleep… after a few laughs, that is, which probably weirded Casey out. But I couldn’t help myself. Because Casey was just so accommodating, sleeping with me on our first date.

[Cue punch line drum sound effect]

Hopefully Casey finds that joke as funny now as she did at 1:30 AM.

P.P.S. The best reason to go to a conference? Aside from all that learning and networking? The crazy things that happen and the private jokes that cannot be repeated.

P.P.P.S The night is beautiful! YOU are BEAUTIFUL!!!!

(See? Private jokes. Let’s go to conference together and make our own private jokes.)

(That is not code for anything untoward. I really just meant a private joke.)

(I’m serious.)

(Parentheses are cool.)


  1. It was SO awesome to meet you! I'm really glad we had a chance to hang out, and hopefully we can do it again sometime! :-D

  2. Great pics! So great meeting you!

  3. Was Jessica Love crouching so as not to make you other gals feel too short? Kinda looks like she was. :)

    This almost makes me want to join SCBWI. I wonder if I could manage a whole story without any shocking acts of violence and no mention of alcohol whatsoever....

  4. Awesome pics! It must be so great to meet so many great people - lucky, lucky you! :)

  5. Haha, I thought I was tall growing up too (WNBA my mom said once); but I'm merely 5'5. :]

    Nice pictures!

  6. "Only problem is, I seem to remember being in a lot of photos, but there weren’t so many on my camera, so please, if you took some of me, email them to me!" - Time to get some more cut-outs printed, Carolina... Tell us the private joke - pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!!!!!!

  7. P.S. - I want you to come to Bath, UK, so I can see a picture of myself embracing little you, with everyone looking happy. I would die a happy man, if that were ever to happen. You look so embraceable.

  8. Looks like you had a ball. I would LOVE LOVE to meet so many awesome author/bloggers outside cyberspace! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Oh wow!!!!

    What a fun time!!! You all look so happy and jetlagged! LOL!! But seriously!!! I'm still laughing at your first night bed hopping with Sara and Casey - wonderful!!!! I've never been to a writer's conference but if they are all like that then I'm truly missing out!!!

    Thanks for the fab pics - take care!

  10. hahahahahah the night is beautiful. YOU are beautiful!!!!

    oh mans, I miss you guys SO MUCH. I'm posting pics tomorrow and will email all of the ones from my camera to you now!! xoxoxoxo

  11. I'm jealous that you got so many fabulous photos! Note to self for next year: be sure to have battery charger for camera. It was so great meeting you and hanging out with you guys. I love the summer conference!

  12. Dang, I wish I was there. All of you are so cute and happy and energized in these photos. How cool to meet so many blogging buddies, too!

  13. Ugh... I am so jealous! I want to make lots of fun private jokes too. Ah, well, maybe next year. :)

    I love the pictures, by the way. They're all so pretty!

  14. Thanks so much for all the lovely comments, everyone! Thanks for stopping by :D You make me sappy happy.

  15. I'm so happy I got to meet you and hang out! And also you are awesome. And thanks for sharing these photos! It looks like you had just as much fun as I did :)

  16. Oh goodness! It looks like you had Oh So much fun! I certainly hope I have a chance to meet more bloggery people! It's like meeting someone you already know for the first time. Strange, but wonderful :)

  17. You girls look like you had a blast! Love all the pics!!!

  18. I'm glad y'all had so much fun!! *smiles* Thanks for sharing the pictures.



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