Well, it's been an exciting couple of days at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting. What have I done? Only rubbed shoulders with librarians, writers, publishers, and bloggers. Only collected about 3 dozen ARCS by the likes of Mitali Perkins, Karen Cushman, Neil Shusterman, Jarrett Krosoczka, Melissa Marr, Kathryn Laskey, Alice Hoffman, and M.T. Anderson. Oh, and did I mention that I met Mr. Anderson and talked Pals in Peril with him? (insert fangirl *squee!* here.) Not only did we talk Pals in Peril, but when I compared Jasper Dash to Tristram Shandy, he didn't look at me like I had two heads.
I got to hear Al Gore deliver a breakdown of his newest book, and was he ever impressive. I sat in on the Notable Books Committee, which was akin to sitting in on a seminar wrap-up of the best books of the year for children. I bought an Unshelved t-shirt. And I got my picture taken with this guy, who goes by the name of Andrew Clements.
It's been a great weekend so far. And it's not over yet! There's still the YMA award announcements to look forward to on Monday, and the opportunity to meet my editor from School Library Journal. It will be so nice to put a face to the emails. Rock on!