May 3, 2010

Two Things I LOVE About What I Do

1. Guess who got her FIRST fan e-mail for How to Survive Middle School?


Thanks, Ben! That was the best e-mail EVER!!!!!!!!!

2. The sold-out Michigan SCBWI Conference this past Saturday rocked!

As soon as I opened the door to my hotel room, I was greeted by this gift and a goody bag, filled with homemade baked treats. (Thanks, Janice!)

The fabulous volunteers made me and the other speakers feel welcomed. They thought of every detail during the conference. Really well-run.

I gave two workshops -- "12 3/4 Ways to Tickle Young Reader's Funny Bones" and "Creating Quirky Characters."

Here are the some of the gang from my first workshop.

I'm sure the fact that I was wearing a rubber chicken necklace had nothing to do with their smiling.

Here are the peeps from the quirky character workshop. I was so impressed with the creative ideas participants came up with during both workshops.

When I was done, a man came up and said, "I just wanted to tell you . . . you kicked butt!"

I loved that comment. And I loved the conference. I met lovely and interesting people, who are passionate about writing and illustrating.

And even though I was unable to hear Jay Asher's keynote and workshops or take a photo of him because the batteries in my camera died . . . twice, I had the pleasure of signing books next to him. And I stole this photo from his blog. Thanks, Jay!

Thanks to the fun and fabulous speakers: Jay Asher, illustrator/cartoonist Dave Coverly, author Jim Tobin, agent Beth Fleisher, editor Lisa Yoskowitz and editor Ruta Rimas. And a great big thanks to the wonderful folks in Michigan who worked their tailfeathers off to create a fabulous experience!


Jill N. said...

Congrats on the fan email. That's what it's all about baby!

The conference sounds fantastic. I have no doubt that you kicked butt!

Wild About Words said...

Thanks, Jill,
E-mails and letters from young readers ARE what it's all about! That, of course, and the Hokey Pokey.

Jay Asher said...

Yay for fanmail!!!

It was great getting to chat and hang out with you this weekend, Donna.

Wild About Words said...

You, too, Jay! And how cool about Vanilla Ice. I'll bet he's telling all his friends he met JAY ASHER at the airport!