It had been not quite six months since SCBWI (Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators) Los Angeles, and I was having serious withdrawals...I couldn't wait to get to New York and see my Seattle friends.
I am originally from the Seattle area, so when I see the Seattle SCBWIers, I feel
like I'm back in the old neighborhood. My purple stingray with the high handlebars and the banana seat may be gone, but the people are just as awesome. You've got to love people who will go on a cupcake quest with you late at night in Greenwich Village when it is about thirty below zero!
We may have looked lost, but we were just huddled in the subway to get warm! On the left is the talented Jaime Temairik, aka, Cocoa Stomp and my 2k9 sister, Sydney Salter's husband, Mike. (Does that make him my 2k9 brother-in-law??)
We finally found the elusive cupcake place and even though we were all suffering from hypothermia, it was definitely worth it!
And there I am with the wonderful,
Jolie Stekly, aka, cuppa jolie. It was the third anniversary of our friendship which spans over three thousand miles! Ours is kind of a twilight zone friendship where we led practically parallel lives for years, until three years ago when we finally collided at the writer's intensive at SCBWI New York!
On the right is me with the amazing Kim Baker. Kim doesn't know it yet, but I might be sneaking into her Seattle conference in April...I have a family event a few days later, so really, how could I not go? It's a weird kind of writer peer pressure...you know you want to go...everybody's going...the next thing I know, I'm looking for plane tickets and filling out the conference form...
Looking pensive on the subway is my vlog partner, Jame Richards.
Both Ja(i)mes are amazing, and I can see as it
would be easy to confuse the two...
Jame Richards writes historical fiction and vlogs with me...
Here is her book...
Jaime Temairik has never vlogged at my house,
but I have her wonderful art on the wall in my house. It makes me happy every time I walk by it.
You can buy it on Etzy.com and you can
see her latest creations on her
blog, CocoaStomp. Come on, go there;
you know you want to...
When my parents tried to teach me about avoiding peer pressure, I'm sure they had no idea how persuasive writer friends can be. One second you are safely in your toasty warm hotel room, and the next second you are forming a posse on the subway in subzero temperatures. I've always said the writer's life was solitary, but not when you are at SCBWI...