April 17: Hopped a plane to Houston for the A-MA-ZING 2012 Texas Library Association conference where I participated in a Texas Author Tea with the likes of (wait for it) Orson Scott Card, Deb Caletti, and so many more amazing folks. Presented on a poetry panel with Douglas Florian and Guadalupe Garcia McCall. Went to a cocktail party where I shook hands with John Green and Neal Schusterman. Dined with Megan Walker and Allen Zadoff. Hung out tons with Bookanista buddies Megan Miranda and Jessi Kirby. Oh, heck, I could name-drop all day but instead I'll finish by saying that the MOST AMAZING PART of TxLA was the incredible librarians and book bloggers I met (many in person for the first time) whose passion for and support of YA brought, well, SQUEALS (oh, just ask @JessiKirby or @GReads for the embarassing details). You can also read a nice TxLA wrap-up at Mundie Moms: http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/2012/04/in-my-mailbox-120-txla-12.html.
|with Jessi & Kari of http://www.agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/|
|Out-of-focus pic of an amazing dinner with bloggers & fellow DEAR TEEN ME contributors.|
|Cowgirl hatted and ready for Texas Tea with Jessi Kirby!|
|With Jessi and Ginger of greadsbooks.com|
|With Stacey of http://www.pageturnersblog.com/|