Seriously, did I manage to locate myself among the best children's writing community in the world? I meant to post yesterday but it was packed with Austin Kidlit stuff.
First was lunch at The Cheesecake Factory and a day of writing with the awesome Jo Whittemore. Jo's the author of the really cool YA fantasy trilogy The Silverskin Legacy. You can check out her website here and her blog here. We chatted about writing (duh), YA vs. MG, what sex is appropriate in YA, what bad words are appropriate in MG, and critiquing. My salad was enormous, but I managed to save room for a piece of the yummy cherry preserve cheesecake. Jo had the hot fudge sundae.
Then it was off to Barnes and Noble which has about one electrical outlet in the whole place. So we zipped back to my house and got some quality writing time in. My dog only pooped on the floor once. Jo pretended not to mind, which, truly, I do appreciate :)
But we couldn't write all night because Cynthia Leitich Smith organized an Austin Kidlit happy hour at Waterloo Icehouse. The $1.50 Zeigenbock was such a deal, I could have had about 20. But I stuck with two which looking back was the way smarter move.
I managed about five pictures, but if I find anymore online, I'll let you know.
Here we have Brian Yansky, Brian Anderson, Jo Whittemore's husband (who does have a name which is Roger), and my husband Riley.
Blooming Tree Press Editor Madeline Smoot. She's smiling because we've just spent the last fifteen minutes talking about how fantastic The Emerald Tablet is. Or maybe it was because she'd just ordered some cheese fries.
Chris Barton and Jenny Ziegler's husband (Carl). This was one of those "I'll try to take some random pictures" things.
Another random photo. Jerry Wermund, two backs, Anne Bustard making a funny face, and Francis Hill Yansky.
And the last shot of the evening. Madeline Smoot, Greg Leitich Smith, and Carmen Oliver in a gorgeous, pink top!
Hope everyone's having a great week!