In the Regular Life, I’m watching my bro Bill watch a cool piano tuner tune our good old piano. The East Coast is facing horrendous weather. Meanwhile we had our own personal snowstorm. In the garage. A paper towel made it through both washer and dryer. Shaking out each item, piece by piece, brought on the flurry and left the floor covered in white. My Michigan company laughs when I call this cold weather. I'm modifying it to “cool,” like the piano tuner.
The recent event to honor Sandy Hook on February 2 brought eleven writers and illustrators to Liberty Station in San Diego, near Yellow Book Road, our lovely independent children’s bookstore. Four people drove all the way from Los Angeles: David Shannon, Robin Preiss Glasser, Marla Frazee, and Candace Ryan. (Picture little girls in pink lined up to meet Robin, aas fancy as Nancy in her pink boa and tiara!) Two KPBS celebs MC'ed. Visitors found food, drawings, and fun, all arranged by organizer Susan McBeth of Adventures by the book. People bought books at Yellow Book Road, then donated them and we all signed (the illustrators signed and drew, of course). This book collection has gone to the Center for Children here in San Diego, which works with children and teens dealing with mental challenges in their young lives. Visitors also donated money. To learn more about what could become an annual event spotlighting difference SD agencies, here’s the Adventures by the Book website: www.facebook.com/pages/Adventures-By-the-Book.
Meanwhile, our San Diego SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) will hold a retreat at the Mission in Oceanside March 22-24. People can go and just spend the weekend writing or can participate in one-day Intensives offered by Ann Whitford Paul (picture books), Deborah Halverson (Young Adult), or illustration (Joy Chu, Pat Cummings, and David Diaz). One-hour workshops are also on tap. I’m doing one for folks brand new to the field of children’s writing. Other workshops are listed under conferences at our chapter’s website: http://www.sandiego-scbwi.org/scbwiconferences.htm
A great way to do focused writing on your own or interact and learn from experienced writers and illustrators. Hope to see you there.