Last NCTE photos

I am so bloated with pie and stuffing I can barely reach the keyboard. God, I love Thanksgiving! Ours was relatively small and quiet – it was the first time we had an Official Boyfriend at the table, and the first time I ate T’giving dinner with my parents in 22 years, so yeah, I had a blast. Beloved Husband did most of the cooking because a) he is much better at it than I am, and b) he does a great job. My job is to set tables and wash dishes. We find that I poison fewer people that way. I do make wicked good soup however, so I spent yesterday boiling the turkey carcass to death and turning it into gallons of turkey soup. I think I ate forty pounds of leftovers while I was making the soup. One of these years I will convince BH that we should cook the entire T’giving meal the day before the holiday so we can eat the best part – leftovers – on the day itself.

This weekend is Catching Up on Paperwork Weekend. Be still my beating heart. Ack. I loathe paperwork. I loathe the business end of being an author. But this is a necessary evil. If I’m a really, really good girl and get caught up on everything, then I go back to RevisionLand when the house gets quiet on Monday morning. One set of children headed back to PA yesterday morning, another set turned up for the weekend yesterday afternoon (here – have some soup!), plus we have a painter here, so things are a wee bit chaotic right now.

Before I dive into the morass, I promised the last NCTE photos.

I was the (ahem) lucky author who pulled the first thing Tuesday morning speech slot. English teachers work very hard at NCTE and by Tuesday morning,

Image hosted by TinyPic.com they were exhausted.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com Really exhausted. I took these pictures so you could see that sometimes even English teachers have a hard time waking up for school.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com But they had all eaten a healthy breakfast and when I was handed the microphone, they were polite enough to wake up and I’m pretty sure nobody fell asleep while I was talking. Some of them took notes, however. That was unnerving. I really wanted to know what they were writing.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com This is Sharon James from Gardena, CA who uses CATALYST with her 11th grade AP English students!! When she told me this, I wanted to fling myself to the ground and bow down to her awesomeness. Ever since CATALYST was published, I had been secretly hoping someone would do this. I was stoked. Thank you very, very much, Ms. James!

Image hosted by TinyPic.com One of the coolest parts of the conference was hanging out with this stunning woman, my editor and friend, Sharyn November (sdn). I am very thankful we get to work together.

21 Replies to “Last NCTE photos”

  1. She definately looks like a Sharyn. She looks so familiar to me..hmm..that’s going to bother me all day.

    I’m Glad you had a good time, Laurie. Break is almost over..I can hear it just ticking away..then back to school tomorrow bah, at least Christmas break isn’t too far away. Senior year seems to be dragging by, but I think I’ll miss it when it’s gone..it’s been my safefy for sooo long.

    Have a good one

    over and out,
    Billie

  2. She definately looks like a Sharyn. She looks so familiar to me..hmm..that’s going to bother me all day.

    I’m Glad you had a good time, Laurie. Break is almost over..I can hear it just ticking away..then back to school tomorrow bah, at least Christmas break isn’t too far away. Senior year seems to be dragging by, but I think I’ll miss it when it’s gone..it’s been my safefy for sooo long.

    Have a good one

    over and out,
    Billie

  3. She definately looks like a Sharyn. She looks so familiar to me..hmm..that’s going to bother me all day.

    I’m Glad you had a good time, Laurie. Break is almost over..I can hear it just ticking away..then back to school tomorrow bah, at least Christmas break isn’t too far away. Senior year seems to be dragging by, but I think I’ll miss it when it’s gone..it’s been my safefy for sooo long.

    Have a good one

    over and out,
    Billie

  4. my students

    Mrs. Anderson, I am lucky enough to teach your novel “Speak” to the 10th graders at one of my student teaching sites here in the Syracuse area. I am so excited! Teaching your novel provides me with a tool to relate to the students; let’s face it that is the most important part. I was wondering if it would be alright with you if I referenced my students to this website so that they could post any questions or comments they had on the novel. I understand that you are extremely busy, so if you would prefer that I don’t, I understand. Do you have a professional e-mail address that you use for situations like this? Maybe they can send their questions there and that way if you have time, you could look at a few of them. Well I hope to hear back from you, Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Heather

  5. my students

    Mrs. Anderson, I am lucky enough to teach your novel “Speak” to the 10th graders at one of my student teaching sites here in the Syracuse area. I am so excited! Teaching your novel provides me with a tool to relate to the students; let’s face it that is the most important part. I was wondering if it would be alright with you if I referenced my students to this website so that they could post any questions or comments they had on the novel. I understand that you are extremely busy, so if you would prefer that I don’t, I understand. Do you have a professional e-mail address that you use for situations like this? Maybe they can send their questions there and that way if you have time, you could look at a few of them. Well I hope to hear back from you, Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Heather

    1. Re: my students

      I MUCH prefer to have them post their questions here on the journal. That way the responses are public and archived, and other readers can enjoy them.

      I had to close and lock the email floodgates…. it became overwhelming.

      Thanks so much for teaching my book!

  6. my students

    Mrs. Anderson, I am lucky enough to teach your novel “Speak” to the 10th graders at one of my student teaching sites here in the Syracuse area. I am so excited! Teaching your novel provides me with a tool to relate to the students; let’s face it that is the most important part. I was wondering if it would be alright with you if I referenced my students to this website so that they could post any questions or comments they had on the novel. I understand that you are extremely busy, so if you would prefer that I don’t, I understand. Do you have a professional e-mail address that you use for situations like this? Maybe they can send their questions there and that way if you have time, you could look at a few of them. Well I hope to hear back from you, Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Heather

  7. Re: my students

    I MUCH prefer to have them post their questions here on the journal. That way the responses are public and archived, and other readers can enjoy them.

    I had to close and lock the email floodgates…. it became overwhelming.

    Thanks so much for teaching my book!

  8. Re: my students

    I MUCH prefer to have them post their questions here on the journal. That way the responses are public and archived, and other readers can enjoy them.

    I had to close and lock the email floodgates…. it became overwhelming.

    Thanks so much for teaching my book!

  9. happy (late) thanksgiving:-)

    those are great pictures:-)! i’m glad you had a nice thanksgiving:-)! i did too:-)! well i’d better go. an ap english paper is calling my name:-(. ugh:-/. -ash 🙂

  10. happy (late) thanksgiving:-)

    those are great pictures:-)! i’m glad you had a nice thanksgiving:-)! i did too:-)! well i’d better go. an ap english paper is calling my name:-(. ugh:-/. -ash 🙂

  11. happy (late) thanksgiving:-)

    those are great pictures:-)! i’m glad you had a nice thanksgiving:-)! i did too:-)! well i’d better go. an ap english paper is calling my name:-(. ugh:-/. -ash 🙂

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