Saturday, September 26, 2009

SCBWI Carolinas Fall Conference DAY TWO

Ok guys. Don't get used to me posting something every day. : ) After the conference ends tomorrow I'll bop back down to the normal `1 post every two weeks' that I usually try to maintain here on writermorphosis. But since the fall conference only comes once a year here are:

Janelle's Favorite Things about this year's fall conference DAY TWO:

1.) Networking, Networking, Networking! (Which for me meant CHATTING, eating and CHATTING, talking about manuscripts and CHATTING, and standing CHATTING squashed in those long zig-zaggy lines in the women's bathroom.

2.) Seeing author/illustrator Ian Sands' Critters show up at the conference, even though Ian wasn't able to be with us this year. Go Critters! (In the photo above, Linda is snagging one to take home.)

3.) Hearing the school representative from Efland Creek Elementary School in Orange County North Carolina say "My God! I can't believe you've done this!" when informed that this year's conference participants had donated 3 laundry baskets full of books for her school. She'd apparently been expecting to drive all the way from Chapel Hill to pick up a small picnic basket of books. : )

4.) Almost passing out with shock when several more folks who I didn't know were reading this blog came up to me between sessions and told me that they're `following' writermorphosis! I was flabergasted. Hey amigos, if you're reading this blog - say "Hi" in the "comments" section from time to time. That way I can check out your blogs too! (And plus, that will keep me from constantly thinking I'm just talking to myself.) : )

And my favorite thing...

5.) Hearing Carrie Ryan, author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth say:
"All my characters were happy together in a tree. So I thought, what's the worst thing that could happen? And then I set fire to the tree."

Love that! Go Carrie!


Anonymous said...

Hi, Janelle!

I enjoyed meeting you!


Mellisa Tetterton

p.s. Keep up the blogging!

Janelle said...

Thanks Melissa! Glad to meet you! Looking forward to seeing that story of yours in print someday soon.

Janelle said...

Ack Mellisa! There I go misspelling your cool name. Gack! I've got it now! - Janelle : )

Amy C. Spaulding said...

Hi, Janelle!

Great to see you at SCBWI. Love your blog! Looking forward to seeing you at the next one.


Anonymous said...

Hopefully both of our works will be published!--BTW, my mother does not spell my name correctly, hence, everyone else gains a free pass to misspell...heehee

Bish Denham said...

You always have such a good time, and I'm also so jealous....

Cat Moleski said...

Hi Janelle! So good to see you at the conference. Your enthusiasm and warmth really made me feel at home there.

Janelle said...

Hi all! Thanks so much for visiting writermorphosis!

Amy, Cat, it was great to see you at the conference again this year! We must keep in touch more. : )

Bish - welcome back from the islands, you lucky duck.

Mellisa - lol. Thanks for the mom story. I feel better now. But still, I'll try to get it right next time.

I'll be posting tips from the various conference speakers here over the next few weeks. : )

Edith said...

Hey Janelle! So sad I didn't get to see you. Thanks for posting notes from the conference! That's an awesome quote from Carrie Ryan!

Janelle said...

Edith! So sad we weren't able to meet up! Next time!

Christina Farley said...

Great post! Critter is here in Korea with me right now so I had a giggle when I saw him in the picture! Too funny.