1) A library talk with very special swag:
|Gorgeous AND delicious mini bundts|
|Tried to save a few of these at home, but it's futile to hide cookies from a teenager.|
2) Wonderful and smart Texan 5th graders and middle schoolers (No pictures. After submitting to the background check required by Texas public schools, I had a strong feeling that photos were not encouraged).
3) Dinner with the lovely Dr. Rose Brock (Yeah, I said DOCTOR. Yay, Rose!).
|My husband asked why they served a hot dog with the steak. (It was a carrot.)|
1) My hotel treated me nicely.
|They also noted that if I drank the bottled water, |
three dollars would be added to my "portfolio"
2) I got to talk with Jack Gantos and Kate DiCamillo. Too excited to take a picture.
3) I had a fun dinner with writers Jacqueline Davies and Wendy Mass. Too tired and happy to take a picture.
And then I went to London,
|Where I had a wonderful high tea . . . |
and other adventures . . .
|with my friend Kristin,|
|visited The (one and only) Guardian|
|where these appealing (victimized?) pigs |
watch over the lobby,
|was blown away by the size and beauty of this window display |
on the South Bank at Foyles,
|(which was conceived, approved, and designed by|
these two incredible people at Andersen Press),
|visited kids at a school decorated with 1920s tile|
(it used to be the children's ward in a hospital),
|shared lunch with some pretty masterful 7/8 students|
(they serve and clear without ever dropping
the thread of the conversation),
|marveled at the new library in Birmingham |
(now biggest in Europe)
|and rode first class back to London, |
where I had to say goodbye.
So that was my fall travel. Obviously, I feel pretty lucky.
Also this fall . . .
I gave my editor, Wendy Lamb, a chunk of my work-in-progress, and made some difficult but healthy decisions about how to move forward with it. There are still a number of big question marks.
So, other than a few local school visits (doing fewer and fewer of these), I'll be at my desk.