Sunday, August 21, 2011

Molly and Dawn's Second Excellent Adventure (continued)

Today I'll wrap up the 2011 SCBWI Summer Conference. Let's start with the book giveaway, shall we?

My friend Debra is the official
Plotting and Scheming Blog Drawing Quality Control Manager, and we thought we would take pictures of ourselves doing the drawing. The thing was, we were about to go for a run. . . There are enough scary things on the Internet without adding me and Debra in spandex, so we decided to skip the photo session. Instead, here's a picture of Norton Juster signing THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH.

The autographed copy of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH goes to. . .


Congratulations, Jess! Please e-mail me with your address, and I'll get your book in the mail right away!

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Now for the rest of my conference pics!

A group of us had dinner together the night we arrived in L.A.

Left to right:
Deb Lund, Stasia Kehoe, Molly Hall, Sara Easterly,
Nuria Coe, me, and Sara Nickerson.

Since Molly Hall, my partner in crime, is such a huge fan of John Green, let's call this photo "An Abundance of Writers Named Molly."

Molly Hall and Molly Blaisdell

I had a nice time chatting with Molly, Molly, and Deb at Friday night's cocktail party and book sale.

Saturday night was the 40 Winks Anniversary Poolside Gala. Attendees--dressed for bedtime--gathered to mingle, eat, drink, and dance the night away.

The pajamas Molly and I chose were comfy, dance-worthy, and Seussy.

I had loads of fun with Deb and Stasia.

Here I am with Stasia. . .

and one of my critique partners,
Jennifer Mann.

8:30 seemed a wee bit early when it was time to start things the next morning. A few agents protested by wearing bathrobes to the agent panel (they were kidding, of course). I didn't take a photo, but you can see one

I sat at the 2011 Golden Kite Awards Luncheon with a new friend,
Patrick Flores-Scott.

We were served extra special desserts in honor of SCBWI's 40th anniversary.

I bought a book by
Gary Paulsen, and he autographed it for my son.

That night I met bloggy friend
Medeia Sharif in person for the very first time! She is so sweet!

Here are Medeia and
Angelina Hansen.

(Angelina and I are in the same region, but we never met until the 2010 SCBWI New York conference. Isn't that funny?)

There were intensives for writers and illustrators on the last day. Molly and I met for lunch and good-byes, hoping to return in 2012.


A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Oh, how fun! So, you're planning to go again next year? Maybe I can convince my hubby to let me go again. :) We'll see if he can hold down the fort, though now that we have five kids, it will be more of a challenge for him. Yikes! We'll see...

Thanks for the update, Dawn!


Jess said...

I love your conference wrap-up in photos~ it really captures the fun and energy of the conference. Your Thing 2 outfit rocks!

And speaking of things that rock, I can't believe I won the autographed copy of The Phantom Tollbooth. When I read this post, I screamed and my hubby freaked out a little. "God, what's the matter?" he asked and came over to me. "I won! I won The Phantom Tollbooth!!" I yelled. He didn't quite understand my enthusiasm, but gave me a congratulatory pat on the back. I LOVE that book. Thank you so much!

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Amy! I'm hoping to go! You were adorable dancing last year with the baby onboard! :)

Congrats, Jess! I love that you screamed! Hee! Super fun!

Terri Tiffany said...

You look like you had a ball! I love conferences:) thanks for sharing the cool pics!!

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Beautiful post, Dawn. Took me right back ^_^

Suma Subramaniam said...

So much fun Dawn and great pictures!


Kjersten said...

I love all these photos!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congrats, Jess!

Great photos. I wish I had met more of these people, but I forgive myself for missing them since the crowd was huge.

It was great meeting you.

Travener said...

You sure are having a lot more fun with this writing thing than I am! Good for you!

Deirdra Eden-Coppel said...

You have a fabulous blog! I’m an author and illustrator and I made some awards to give to fellow bloggers whose sites I enjoy. It’s not a pass on award. This is just for you to keep. I want to award you with one of my homemade awards: Powerful Woman Writer Award for all the hard work you do!

Go to and pick up your award.

Dawn Simon said...

Terri, it was so much fun!

Thanks, Angelina. It was great seeing you there!

Thanks, Suma!

Kjersten, why didn't we take any pics together this year?! I loved catching up with you!

Medeia, it was so nice to meet you!

Thanks, Travener. I wish you lots of fun as well!

Thanks so much, Deirdra!

Ashley Nixon said...

Ohh! It looks so fun! And so awesome you can meet fellow bloggers! I just can't wait to experience that, lol. I love the thing 1 and thing 2 shirts!

Lola X said...

Absolutely fantastic blog!!! Glad I found it! Love it!!!

Lola x

StephanieD said...

Norman Juster, Gary Paulsen, Medeia, not to mention all the other writers and let's not forget that scrumptious chocolate book - yup, I'm jealous.

Maeve Frazier said...

Looks like so much fun and great pictures!

Dawn Simon said...

Ashley, it's so fun meeting blog friends at conferences! Thanks re: the t-shirts!

Thank you so much, Lola!

Stephanie, hee! :)

Maeve, it was a great experience!