Let the presentation begin! Talking about producing StoryApps and eBooks with Julie Hedlund at SCBWI-LA 2013. 

Let the presentation begin! Talking about producing StoryApps and eBooks with Julie Hedlund at SCBWI-LA 2013. 

Hello Peeps! I'm home, and catching up on sleep and dog walks and healthy meals and blog posts.

My apologies for having been so quiet this past week, for the week was anything but quiet. Indeed, it was one of the busiest, most profound, most exhilarating, most intense and most enjoyable weeks of my life.

I owe you lots of new insights and lots of new content. It's all on the way. I promise.

In the meantime, while I take ole Gryffindog out for a reunion run in the Bois, I offer you my initial reflections on a week well spent at
SCBWI-LA 2013
... And a couple of great pictures, too!

As I Lay... Catching up on Missed Sleep

It was uplifting. It was exhausting.
It was inspirational, productive, and fun.
It was sublime. It was ridiculous.
If you get only one conference, let this be the one.

It was intense, but with mellow chocolate-martini-esque moments.
It was welcoming, supportive, collegial, and warm.
It was eye-popping, butt-kicking, heart-thumping, rockin’,
Motivational, sensational... quite far from the norm.

I met Max in his wolf suit, two Cruella Devilles,
I rubbed elbows with my secret mentors and stars.
I forged brand new connections, and forged former ones deeper.
I flirted with mascots with checks upon thars.

The Ave of the Stars never teemed with such talent,
of voices “post-discovered”, and those not quite yet.
It was the SCBWI-LA annual reunion.
A five-day marathon I will never forget.

Me (Sarah Towle) and Cruella Deville (aka Julie Hedlund) at the SCBWI-LA Black & White Conference Gala. 

Me (Sarah Towle) and Cruella Deville (aka Julie Hedlund) at the SCBWI-LA Black & White Conference Gala. 

Author/Illustrator Paul Zelinsky and I flirt with the SCBWI-LA 2013 mascots -- a couple of stars with checks upon thars -- during the opening ceremony, Friday, August 2.

Author/Illustrator Paul Zelinsky and I flirt with the SCBWI-LA 2013 mascots -- a couple of stars with checks upon thars -- during the opening ceremony, Friday, August 2.

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