I had a great time at the Book Bloggers convention in New York May 28. It was part of BEA, and it was exciting as an author to meet, in the flesh, all these great, fun and smart people who love reading as much as (more???) than I do, and who write so thoughtfully about books. I still haven't figured out how they all find the time, since they almost all have jobs and/or kids and/or are writing books themselves.
Here's the list of all the bloggers there (with links to their blogs):
I'm looking forward to getting to know many of them better on line and instituting suggestions they gave me (learn Twitter! Gulp!) But first, I HAVE to finish the first (BIG) revision of my novel, or my label as "author" (which I had on my convention badge) will be a lie.
More to come, including ideas for "making a better author blog." (Why do I have three blogs when I can barely do one, much less make time for writing? Am I insane? Don't answer.)
Okay, back to work!!!
In September I went to Provo, Utah, where my friend Paul works as a screenwriting professor and occasionally invites me to be a guest lecturer. I stay with Paul's family, and they have an AMAZING garden, with: tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, Yukon gold potatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, LOTS of herbs, three kinds of grapes, an apple tree and raspberries:
They also have two dogs. Sophie is the border collie in the front. Behind her is Igor, who I swear is part bear. He's very old and has arthritis, so he has this very stiff, regal walk. It's quite intimidating.
There was gorgeous scenery on this trip, thanks to lots of fall foliage. However, due to the rain (a nor'easter blew through) and my newfound guilt about taking photos, due to a column by Sierra Magazine's Mr. Green, I didn't take any photos, so illustrations will have to come from the websites of the places we went.
1. The Nelson Rockfeller estate.
2. The Vanderbilt mansion (what money will buy you)
3. Storm King Art Center: a HUGE and very cool outdoor sculpture garden
4. Dia: Beacon: a modern art museum located in an old Nabisco Factory
I loved Beacon and definitely want to go back. We had lunch at this great restaurant that had the most amazing vegetarian meatloaf I've ever eaten.
So, until I get a phone that takes pictures and that I can charge on a solar charger, eco-guilt will limit my picture taking. If anyone knows of a small camera you can charge via a solar charger, let me know...
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What I'm working on now:
- A new YA novel
- A middle grade novel
- An original screenplay for the Disney Channel
Writing Book of the Month:
"The Comic Toolbox" by John Vorhaus.