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Back from the NESCBWI conference

Sadly, I was only there for one day, but it was for a good reason, since it was M's junior prom on Saturday. As Angela De Groot reminds me, there will be other conferences, but there will not be another junior prom for M.

My wonderful companion got up at 4:30 with me yesterday morning so we could drive to Springfield, Mass (about 4 hours away). We arrived shortly after 9, and I can tell you that the day passed extremely quickly. There's simply not enough time to catch up with everyone the way I would've liked - particularly when so many of the "everyones" had left already, or were cutting out early.

My workshop went well (I think), despite my rapping the lyrics to "It's Tricky", singing "Amazing Grace" and the theme song to Gilligan's Island, and invoking Toto as an example of how to put the emphasis on the wrong syllable. (Go ahead - listen to the line in "Africa" about Kilimanjaro rising like Olympus about the Serengeti - you'll hear it.) I was thrilled to have such a large and interested audience, and thankful to the two Lindas who moved a table to the front of the room for me when it turned out the podium I'd requested wasn't there.

I managed to catch most of Jane Yolen's speech (questions from my workshop ran over), which was terrific and well worthy of the standing ovation she received. (Jane, in turn, had caught most of my workshop, leaving a few minutes early to get upstairs for her speech.) Then there was a bit of time for catching up, and it was time to go. In the pouring rain. Thank goodness for my wonderful guy, who took care of the driving all the way home (and still managed to make good time, even with the bad weather).

Tomorrow, I start some new writing in earnest. (Today was for recovering.)

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kellyrfineman
Apr. 25th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
Thanks, Melodye. I really didn't make it all the way into conference mode, since we had such a long early-morning ride. But it was still the right decision.
robinellen
Apr. 23rd, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds wonderful -- the only time I wish I lived in that area is when I hear about this great chapter of SCBWI :)
kellyrfineman
Apr. 25th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
I know what you mean - I think the same thing about Kansas, since it sounds like they have a pretty great chapter.
wordsrmylife
Apr. 24th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
It was good to see you, too--and meet your companion. Sorry I couldn't make your workshop. That was one of the time slots when I had to make a tough choice.

See you next year, same place, I hope. If you didn't get the dates, I can send them along.
kellyrfineman
Apr. 25th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
Tough choices abound - usually some of the sessions I'd most like to see are at the same time (either as one another or as mine!). I have the dates, and am hoping to make the full conference next year. Glad I got to see you!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 24th, 2012 08:37 am (UTC)
tanita says:
Oh, my gosh. Rapping, singing -- and we all missed it?!

Why does no one ever record these things!?

Also: Quel Awesome that Our Lady Jane was in your audience, and you in hers. Seems only fitting.
kellyrfineman
Apr. 25th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
Re: tanita says:
Thank you, lovey.
elisabethx
Apr. 24th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
Serengeti kills me EVERY TIME I hear that song! Thanks for the Tuesday morning chuckle! :)
kellyrfineman
Apr. 25th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
No kidding - talk about forcing your rhyme/metre!
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