As my second day of NCTE 2011 is upon me, it’s almost unreal to reflect upon the professional incredible-ness this conference has delivered to my doorstep as a YA author.
At the great risk of name dropping, I am now going to name drop… partly because it’s very much a “pinch me” type of reflection I am currently experiencing.
I’ve shared a stage with Walter Dean Myers, Laurie Halse Anderson, Gordon Korman, Jaqueline Woodson, Gennifer Choldenko, T.A. Barron, and many, many more. I’ve dined with Dave Barry, Rick Riordan, Avi, Mo Willems, Ridley Pearson, Rosemary Wells, Sara Pennypacker, Norton Juster, Coe Booth, Melissa De La Cruz, Ned Vizzini, and many, many more.
Like how cool is that? In football, the top-tier players, when they score, simply walk into the end zone, hand the ref the ball and “act like they have been there before”. Well, Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. I am going to be sharing a stage with Jon Scieszka. On the outside, I guess there is a part of me that’s going to “act like I been there before” but on the inside, I think that if I lose my sense of child-like giddiness about how entirely rockin’ it is to be able to work along side of some of the best of the best in the publishing industry, then that will be my sign that, “Yo… you’ve become jaded.”
Plus, right after the session I do with Jon, I am going to be signing yet another new book of mine at the Disney booth – one they are giving away FREE on a first come, first serve basis starting at 12:30 in the exhibit hall. (They only have a coupla hundred yet year after year they run out. NERD GIRLS BOOK 2: A CATASTROPHE OF NERDISH PROPORTIONS is getting ready to launch.)
To become blase’ about any of this really would be a sign of losing perspective, wouldn’t it? I mean WOW!