Monday, August 8, 2011

Book Giveaway Winner and SCBWI LA

First, hooray for all my new followers. So glad you joined me, even if it was just for free stuff. I give away books at least once a month, so if you didn't win this time, you for sure have a chance during next month's Inside the Author's Studio.

Now...(drumroll please)...the winner of all those books is....


Congratulations, Nicole. I'll send you an email to let you know when all your new books are coming. 

If you are on Twitter, you undoubtedly followed all the greatness of the SCBWI conference this week. Holy cow. There are no words. So much greatness. Judy Blume, Richard Peck, Gary Paulsen, Jon Scieszka, Bruce Coville, Jerry Pickney, Libba Bray, Laurie Halse Anderson, Marla Frazee...

It was undoubtedly one of the best things I've ever done as a writer. Plus, I got to stay with my New Zealand CP Carrie, which, you know, absolutely ruled. (Especially because she spent every free moment helping me plot GESTAPO). 

Here are my highlights:

1. Day One: Ate lunch poolside sandwiched between Judy Blume and Bruce Coville.
2. Gary Paulsen: "Kill your TV. It's all crap. Also, we should be allowed to hunt lawyers. Every person should be allowed to kill at least three lawyers."
3. Jon Scieszka when asked about SpaceHeadz ebook: "You'd think since its a multi-media platform book, they'd make the ebook right, but it really sucks. It doesn't really work at all."
4. Day Two: Libba Bray told me she likes my glasses, then wrote down their make and model.
5. Carrie and I totally skipped the PJ party and ate burritos and wrote in our room instead. (We considered going down to dance, but then they started in with the "Play That Funky Music, White Boy" and we scrapped the idea).
6. Donna Jo Napoli: "If you need to write it, chances are there are people out there---a lot of people--who need to read it." (Yes, I totally found her afterwards and gave her a giant hug)
7. I ate WHITE FOOD the entire time. And also, this... (yes, it's a chocolate book with a 40 on it)

I laughed and cried a lot at this conference. And felt like I wanted to go back and write something great. I also spent an ungodly amount of money at Starbucks. And because there are 24 usable hours in every day, I knitted this:

And for those of you wondering, John Green couldn't make it because of gall bladder surgery...yes, my John Green is Kaiser Soze theory looks pretty solid right now. I think the VLOGS might be CG. 


carey farrell said...

soooooo jealous!

Heather said...

It sounds like you had an amazing time! Thank you for sharing the pictures with us. Next year I'll have to put this one on my list to attend.

Mandie Baxter said...

So glad you had fun! :)

Pk Hrezo said...

That's so awesome!! Thanks for sharing your highlights. What a fab experience!

Alexis Bass Writes said...

Awww! Even though I was having my own conference fun at the PNWA Conference, I lived vicariously through your tweets!

(JUDY BLUME - WOW! I definitely told random strangers sitting next to me about you: "Omg, right now Christa, my blog friend, is sitting next to Judy Blume. And speaking to her. To Judy Blume. THE Judy Blume." People seemed excited. One person said 'congratulations', but I was too excited to call him out for being so very sarcastic regarding THE Judy Blume.)

Alison Miller said...

Wow! Sounds like an awesome time!

Kelley said...

Sounds amazing :)

<3 a new follower

Corey Schwartz said...

Ha, ha on the Kaiser Soze theory! Wow, i have never really considered going to LA before (since I am a hop, skip, and a jump from NY) but you've got me thinking about it for next year! Sounds AWESOME!

Lola Sharp said...

Ha! This is a delightful recap as only you could write. :D *loves*

I approve of your skipping the PJ party..especially after y'all ate burritos. ;)

Kaiser Soze Theory is priceless!

Also, CONGRATS on your new BIG news!! (I want deets. Did it happen at the con?)

Love and huggles,

J. A. Bennett said...

This is getting me super psyched for my writers conference next month! Looks like you had a great time. And I totally know what you mean, I will feel immensely inferior next to Judy Blume as well!

E.R. King said...

How fun! White food? That must mean you didn't eat that yummy looking chocolate book. It's so pretty, but it's still chocolate, so it'd be a goner if it were mine.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Yay, thanks so much! Awesome pictures, it sounds like you had an incredible time. And that chocolate book looks divine! I would have devoured that in no time!