TRAVELING TO BOSTON!
It's a smaller airport - which means the inevitable layover - but it was a zippy trip, including possibly the fastest trip ever through TSA.
We literally had a ten minute layover in Phoenix, which involved a lot of mad running from one terminal to the other. BUT WE DID IT!
ALL HAIL BOSTON!
And it was! The hotel had a shuttle that picked us up in a jiffy, and we were in our room by 12:30 AM.
Revolutionary War Geekery
We kicked-off the next morning by meeting up with Kim (HI KIM!) and walking around Quincy Market, and seeing landmarks I've always dreamed of seeing.
On the Freedom Trail:
While I had plenty of that in Europe, there was something special being in Boston, and realizing that it was this very history that helped make our nation.
Also, it's worth pointing out, I had plenty of these:
I'm also a weak, weak Southern Californian. What can I say?
After the tour, we ambled over to the Convention Center to pick up our badges and prepare for opening night!
After running around the convention floor, reconnecting with old friends (HI KATRINA FROM HMH!) and dropping some stuff off for Sharon Biggs Waller at Penguin, it was party time!
(Seriously, now that I think about it, we ran around a LOT on Friday!)
We party with Cassandra Clare at Top of the Hub:
Sajda was also able to join us at the party, and it was good to finally meet in person!
Saturday = Whirlwind of AWESOME
Also, it bears saying: Kim is a goddess for picking me up at the hotel.
We then kicked-off the convention floor for a few hours, before going to a lunch for Laurie Halse Anderson.
I'm proud to say I represented her, and Laurie was in fact, as dynamic as I had been led to believe. She gave amazing remarks, and then we had two fun hours of S&S telling us about their upcoming children's titles.
I have to say: I have a newfound appreciation for how much work S&S puts into their picture books/education books. There are so many quality titles coming out, and I felt pretty jazzed listening to them.
We then putter back to the convention floor, before heading off to hear Scholastic's spring/summer preview:
The Scholastic preview was excellent; they had authors act out scenes, explain motivations, and more. I just have to say: Mike, if you ever want to act, you have a future.
After this, Kim and I visited a Random House party, and then called it a night!
Sunday: (BUT bed is cozy!)
There are many things I loved about Sunday, but this stands out:
All in all, I had an amazing time. Kim is a lovely, and I'm so glad we hung out. FRIENDS FOR LIFE. A big hug to the publishing folks I see at every conference: You guys are the best.
Big hugs to all of my author/blogging friends in Boston + surrounding areas!