Playing catch-up

OK, OK, OK…. I am here and trying to catch up again.

The first news of the day is very sad: Lloyd Alexander died yesterday. School Library Journal and the Washington Post have obituaries. I wish someone in Philadelphia would kick the Inquirer (Lloyd’s hometown paper) because they don’t seem to have noticed the event yet.

On a happier note (which I think Lloyd would appreciate) the apple trees and lilacs up here are just about to explode into goodness and the hummingbirds are back. My daffodils have started to roll up their flags and go to sleep for another year. I find myself dreaming about fresh tomatoes, but it is still a little early to plant them.

Let’s roll the tape on my totally excellent adventures of the past week.

First, the booksigning at Moravian Bookshop in Bethlehem, PA. This was the last TWISTED event on my calendar for a while and it was a delightful one because so many old friends came out.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Buddies from my old writer’s group came: (from the left) Pat Brisson, Sally Keehn, me, Elvira Woodruff, and Joyce McDonald.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic So did Ashley, who has been my best fans for the last decade, ever since I met her when she was in second grade. David Lubar and Joelle, who has got to be one of the most patient author spouses I know, made it to the store, as did Ted, Amy, and many, many more. Thank you everyone. (David’s LiveJournal is very funny, BTW.)

The booksigning was fun, but I was really in Bethlehem for the graduation on Number One Daughter, Stephanie, from Moravian College (which is a great school that everyone should look at.)

Image and video hosting by TinyPic The graduation pics are the kind of thing I would rather keep for myself, but here is my kid at her job. That’s right – the woman has a real job, one that pays money and gives her health benefits ::dancing mommy:: Steph worked at Moravian Bookshop as a bookseller the whole time she was in college, and started to work in the office the last six months. Now she is officially The Assistant Book Buyer, a title for which her degree in East Asian Studies might not seem to fit, but really it does because college is all about growing your mind and that first job is your first step on the Big Adventure. We could not be more proud. Yay Steffie!!!!!

After a lovely Mother’s Day split between two states, I left Monday for Toronto, home of this year’s International Reading Association annual convention. It sounds cool “going to Toronto”, but the truth is you don’t get to see much of the city on these trips, because your time is pretty much taken up with work-stuff.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic However, on a walk from the hotel to the convention center, I saw some neat things. Like this, the CN Tower.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I love public art.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic This woodpecker sculpture is right outside the convention center.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic My nickname in high school was “Moose.” For real. So here I am with a homie, before I head down to the convention floor to hang out with human folks.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic PROM won another award!! It is officially a 2007 IRA Young Adults’ Choice. Thank you, IRA!!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Here I am with an old friend on the left Phil Bildner (aka philbilder) and his illustrator and co-writer for the exciting Barnstormers series (and my new friend) Loren Long.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic One last convention pic: Jon Scieszka, and my editress of the flowing locks and cool necklace, Sharyn November (aka sdn), and me.

I do not have photos of the monsoon that trapped me in Toronto. I was too cranky and wet to find my camera.

If you don’t have plans for this Saturday, come out to the New York State Fairgrounds tomorrow morning and join BH and me as we run in the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure!!!!! We have three women in our family who survived breast cancer, so this one hits close to home. Any event that combines running, raising money for cancer research, and a decent reason to eat pizza afterwards (must replenish those calories) is one where you’ll find me.

8 Replies to “Playing catch-up”

  1. Just yesterday, I heard about The Stinky Cheese Man for the first time. I’m actually really excited to check it and his others out. And here he is, Jon Scieszka, on your blog! Go figure!

  2. Thanks for the nice words about Joelle. If anything, “patient” is an understatement.

    It was great to see you. Congratulations on the reception TWISTED is getting, and on the graduation.

  3. awww. i loved the entry. and thanks for including a picture of us! you’re my hero! i’m glad you had a good time in toronto (minus the monsoon). and i’m glad the graduation ceremony went well. good luck in the 5k run! =) ♥

  4. i remember the stinky cheese man. it was one of my favorites when i was little 🙂

    and completely off topic, but do you have any advice for a young writer looking to get published???

  5. Moose,

    Who knew you would still be running after all of these years? Good luck at “Race for the Cure”.

    Your shot-putting/discus-throwing buddies,
    Fish/Phoebe (aka Kim)
    Eke (aka Clare)
    Farrah (aka Jonet)

  6. I just finished Twisted last weekend and I loved it 🙂 of course I read the entire thing straight through telling my parents, “yeah, I’ll go to bed soon.” Congratulations on another great book!

  7. I will try to kick the local papers’ asses about this sad fact. He was a great writer and a heartwarming old character.

  8. I love all these travelogues! And good luck on the 5K run. Saturday must be breast cancer research day, because my friend is holding a charity gallery show at his store on Saturday too.

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