Thursday, February 17, 2011

Highlights From NY SCWBI Conference, Part One

I haven't even talked about my NYC trip yet!

So I'm listing my favorite moments, in two parts:

1. Hanging with Kate Walton all weekend. We may have been separated at birth. We're the same age, have critiqued each other's work, talked each other off the ledge during the querying phase, and got our agents in the same week. But then she blew right past me and got her AWESOME novel published (Spring 2012, by Simon Pulse). I heart you Kate!



2. Meeting other writers at KIDLIT night like Frankie and Donna, as well as super sweet D4EO agent/writer Weronika!
(Weronika, Donna, Frankie and me)!



3. The night in the hotel lounge I got this crazy idea that Kate and I needed to jump in a cab (without any coats, at ten o'clock at night), so she could take a picture in front of the Simon and Schuster building!

C'mon, how could she NOT (who's with me)? It was so much fun--we were laughing and freezing and shouting about her book being published (in our defense, our coats were up on the 24th floor)! Yeah, the pictures are mostly crappy, but we'll always have that memory! :D



4. Tearing up during Lois Lowry's speech. I mean, it was Lois flippin' Lowry! She talked about her life and amazing books. The story that struck me most, was how she developed her idea for THE GIVER.

She was visiting her father, who suffered from Alzheimer's. Looking through a family photo album, they came upon a picture of her sister, who had died very young.


When Lois' father asked what happened to her, she had the sorrowful task of explaining her death. And then she had to do it all over again because he spotted her picture on another page. Lois said he relived the pain again and again, and it tore her heart out.


To paraphrase, driving home she wondered if it wouldn't be more humane if someone could be in charge of safekeeping all of the pain and suffering of humans. Thus, THE GIVER idea was born. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?


5. Fan-girling over Mo Willems from afar, as I left his panel to meet my agent.

Part TWO tomorrow!

15 comments:

Stefanie Wass said...

What a wonderful weekend! Makes me want to attend next year!

Stephanie Faris said...

Sounds like a great weekend! Love the pic in front of Simon and Schuster.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Great pictures, Christina. Love the idea about taking Kate's pic in front of Simon and Schuster. How sweet is that? :D

XOX Mo Williams.

Finding Beauty said...

Awesome!!!

Kelly said...

Lucky girl! Sounds like an amazing weekend! Love the pics you shared!

Anne said...

Sounds amazing! I'm glad you had a great time.

Kaitlin Ward said...

Thanks for sharing the story from Lois Lowry. Amazing! I wish I could've gone just for that.

Meredith said...

Sounds like so much fun! And the Lois Lowry story is amazing.

Maddy said...

Sounds like a blast!! There's nothing better than spending a weekend with people that are just as passionate about something as you! The inspiration sparks just fly all over the place :)

Carrie said...

Sounds like you had a great time. This post makes me want to read The Giver again.

Laura Malish said...

Sounds like a good time with a few happy tears thrown in! Loved your story-share. :)

blueviolet said...

That Lois story just hurts....

I'm so excited for you!!! What a great time you had there.

K. M. Walton said...

I heart you right back - twin! And FYI, that moment in front of the S&S building will always be a treasured moment - thank you for suggesting it AND freezing your butt off with me to do it!

storyqueen said...

I am jealous,jealous jealous!

It looks like such a wonderful writing adventure. I am hoping to go to the summer one......

Shelley

Lourie said...

I love the internet. I love that you choose to use it to share things with friends real and cyber! :) Off to read pt. 2!