So I left my hotel room at 6:50 a.m. and am just rolling back in at around 10:00 p.m. An absolute madhouse day… and so, so, so fantastic.
There is a temptation to name drop because NCTE really brings out the best and the brightest in our profession. I mean Linda Rief, Kylene Beers, Kelly Gallagher, Carol Booth Olson, Don Gallo, Barry Lane… on and on and on. Having the chance to chat with these folks one-to-one is what makes this conference so, so unique.
And next year the conference is in Chicago. NCTE will be 100 years old. (I am already excited and Orlando isn’t even finished yet.)
Peeps are gonna raise the roof!
Of course a perpetual highlight of my yearly pilgrimage to NCTE is getting to do a session with Jim Burke and Jeff Wilhelm. A room packed so full that grown adults were sitting on the floor to hear us.
I also did a session with Rodman Philbrick as well as Gordon Korman and Gennifer Choldenko. I got to hear behind-the-scenes stories about the writing of Freak the Mighty, Al Capone Does my Shirt and a bunch of thing Gordon has written. (Of course, I don’t really remember much of what Gordon said cause he had me laughing out loud the whole time. He’s really a stand-up comedian masquerading as a children’s book author.)
And finally, there was my first book signing for Nerd Girls. There was a line that stretched for so, so long I was there for 90 minutes signing books non-stop. Clearly, this is going to be my biggest book yet.
Lesson of the day: humor matters. (More blogs on that in the coming weeks.)