meeting holly black

When I registered for the most recent SCBWI-Western Washington conference, I checked the box asking if I’d like to volunteer during the event.  It seemed an innocuous enough thing. Then I unchecked it.  And checked it...

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playing catch up

I am back from Manhattan, with great stories, lots of pictures, warm memories, buckets of inspiration, and new books. New York has a solid grip on my heart, and this trip only strengthened that hold. There is much to catch up on...

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i'll have takeout

Saturday, the conference opened with a local success story panel: it seems that having babies stimulates creativity.  This (kind of) amazes me.  When Miss Kristina was a babe, I was on a seesaw between being so sleep-deprived...

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introverts, unite!

It’s amazing to me how a person can be involved in something so intensely, then go outside and find that life is carrying on in an ordinary fashion for everyone else. I had this experience emerging from the hospital after...

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the kindness of strangers

… and of a friend. The conference this weekend could have been disastrous: I was itchy with anxiety going into it.  Add: more than 400 people in the main ballroom for opening speeches and panel presentations.  Combine...

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fear and adventure

The SCBWI writers’ conference is tomorrow.  W’hoo!  I’ve been looking forward to this for months – years, even. This weekend, this time, is for me.  Carving out this time was something I knew I had to...

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