(I finally got to see the Hollywood sign!)
I had lots of on-line friends to meet up with this year, which made the whole experience much less intimidating this time around. I was super excited to have dinner plans for Friday night with none other than kidlit-discussion-board guru Verla Kay, her best friend and author Linda Joy Singleton, and other awesome blueboarders. Go me! (Sorry, one of my guilty-pleasure cheerleading movies is on right now! Gold star to the first person who comments with the right movie.)
Some of my favorite moments were busting a move to "Baby Got Back" (among other great dance songs) with my new friends, including my roomie and YA author Julia Karr (whose book XVI comes out in January), listening to mad-scientist of an author M.T. Anderson talk about his writing process, having a great conversation with Newbery winner Susan Patron, and well basically the whole conference (except for the mandatory conference mental break-down on Saturday afternoon...thanks to the hubby for talking me down).
(Here's a few more famous "literary" figures I crossed paths with while in L.A.)