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ALA and me, or a true story of fun and naps (!)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Well, ALA weekend just roared by, and I had a blast! Unfortunately, I also had a cold. I could tell one was coming all week, but I figured that perhaps sheer mind power would keep it at bay.

Well, my mind power cracked on Friday morning, when I was attending a pre-conference on Sins of Young Adult Literature. (With a name like that, how could I *not* attend?!) I was sitting there, listening to Gail Giles give an excellent talk, when I started feeling bad. Really bad.

Stop it, I told myself. I'm not sick. I can't be sick! It's ALA!!

About five minutes after Gail Giles finished speaking, I found myself blorching down the streets of DC. Ah, it was a sight to see.

My apologies to all of those who had to witness it.

So I dragged myself home, where I took a nap. Now, here's the thing. I don't nap. Ever. The last time I took a nap, other than in kindergarten, was when I had the flu back in 2003 and spent the holidays lying around having my eyes hurt when I blinked.

However, after napping on Friday....okay, you caught me. It wasn't technically a nap. I pretty much slept through all of Friday and into Saturday morning, only waking up to whine to my husband "But! This is ALA! I can't be sick!"

I actually felt pretty good when I finally roused myself on Saturday morning, and my first signing was great! Everyone was incredibly nice, and I felt completely energized and ready to take on the day.

Sadly, I wasn't. I think I made it down one of the many rows of publishers when I realized I was ready to take on....another nap. So, my head hit the pillow once again.

Luckily, I woke up in time to attend a reception on Saturday night, and then meet some other writers for drinks afterwards. I felt fantastic on the way home, and my signing on Sunday morning was a blast--Nicole and everyone else working in the booth made me feel so welcome, and everyone who came by was so nice I seriously felt like a rock star by the time I was done.

Naturally, I celebrated this moment in the time-honored tradition of rock stars everywhere by finding a hotel room and trashing it. (Okay, I actually went home and took yet another nap. But I sure did kick the covers around a lot!)

Finally, on Sunday night I was lucky enough to attend the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet, which was just lovely. I was especially moved by Susan Patron's speech, which was both funny and touching, and it was thrilling to be in a room (and it was a big room!) with so many people who love books.

So, despite the fact that my mind power needs some work, and I took more naps than a toddler, it was a really great weekend, and I wouldn't have changed a thing.

(Okay, I would have cut out some of the naps.)

2 Comments:

Anonymous Courtney said...

it's insanely earlier in the morning or very late at night, whatever way you want to look at it, but I just finished Bloom, and i just had to tell you that it was amazing. I literally couldn't put it down! :]

June 27, 2007 3:26 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Courtney, thank you so much for your amazingly sweet comment, and I'm so glad you liked Bloom!!

June 27, 2007 10:08 AM  

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