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 here.
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.