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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.)


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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