This past weekend I attended the Writing for Charity event at Waterford School. First off, it was so nice to be back at Waterford!!! I have such good memories from WIFYR and it was great to spend time there again. One or two people even recognized me (I got some questions about the first page contest), and I met a few wonderful writers who I've heard about through blogs/facebook.
~Me eating about nine cookies. Yeah, I know, the fat person inside me is determined to get out.
~Talking to Matt Kirby and Sheila Nielson, both of whom are published by Scholastic.
~Meeting Ann Dee Ellis. I read her blog all the time (Throwing Up Words) and I know Carol, but I hadn't met her in person until this event. She's wonderful :).
~Listening to other people's first pages. Even though i didn't bring my own, it was fun to hear the work of such talented writers.
~Getting my book signed by Sara Zarr. Let's face it, she's awesome.
~James Dashner offering to auction off Shannon Hale's placenta in front of a large family-oriented audience.
~Brandon Mull talking about sex in front of said audience, then laughing.
~Getting frozen yogurt.
~The author panel.
~Shannon Hale in general, who is hilarious.
~Emily Wing Smith. She's the nicest person, an awesome writer, and she always makes me laugh.
So there you go. What an great event! I'm happy to support such a wonderful cause, and I'm looking forward to attending next year.
On a different note, I started school Wednesday. Three hours into the first day and I already had Senioritis. Much as I love my school friends, this summer was the best, and I miss all my writing buddies so much!!!! I'm flying out to see Kita in October (and visit colleges, but that's not important). Can't wait!
My school schedule:
1st period - Teacher's aide for Ms. Thompson
2nd period - World Civilizations
3rd period - FREE
4th period - FREE
1st period - IB English
2nd period - FREE
3rd period - AP Statistics
4th period - AP Biology
Pretty easy, if I do say so myself. Nothing in comparison to what my schedule was last year. Still, I'm worried about keeping up on my school work, since I'm already struggling to focus on writing. There are just so many social distractions! Every time I sit down to get stuff done someone invites me out, and I just can't resist a good party.
I need to focus.