I had such a great time hanging out with the folks at the Oregon Coast Children's Book Writer's Workshop this past week! So many thanks to conference chieftan and master chef David Greenberg and his amazing wife Susan for their warmth and awesome organization skills, to the faculty for being so terrifically smart and funny (especially my roommate April Henry, WHO I LOVE SO MUCH) -- and of course to the WRITERS, who were brave enough to 'put it out there' all week. Plus I got to see my client LK Madigan (yayyy!) and even go to bookstore mecca Powells.
But of course, the main event was the week at the coast. This is the view from the conference center -- not too shabby:
And hey, here's a little fellow who I met this morning in our yard:
There was much in the way of nature, as you can see. Including whales, porcupines, baby and mama deers, etc. (Not to mention all the wild writers...) There was also no phone and very little internet, and I ran out of books at a certain point, which was perhaps the scariest thing of all. Let's just say, if you've never been stuck in a vacation cottage with nothing to read but a bunch of really terrible racist romance novels* and decade-old Readers Digests, you haven't lived.
Now I back in California and have a backlog of about a jillion emails to catch up with. If you feel that I owe you a response about something, please don't hesitate to remind me, I don't want anything to slip through the cracks.
* review to follow