Monthly Archives: August 2012

Pink Taco: Restaurant Review

While at the SCBWI Conference in LA, we were in walking distance of the Century City Westfield Mall. We saw the Pink Taco restaurant and were intrigued. Kat and I promised to check it out before we left LA. On … Continue reading

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Surprises and Suspense: SCBWI Highlights

Karen Cushman spoke to us about the importance of courting surprises in our writing. One of her best tips is “Don’t fear surprise, welcome it.” Sometimes we have no idea why something comes unbidden. But it’s okay to stray from … Continue reading

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What I Saw in LA Before the Conference

Before we started our Napa/Coastal Drive trip, J and I had an afternoon in LA. Mind you I was up at 5:30 am for a 9 am flight and didn’t sleep on the flight so I was a tad cranky. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Immortal Beloved

Did you ever stumble upon a book that was exactly what you needed to read at that exact time? That’s what happened to me with Cate Tiernan’s  Immortal Beloved. At the LA SCBWI Summer Conference, there was a pizza party … Continue reading

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SCBWI Highlights: What Editors Do and First Page Dos and Don’ts

This week, I thought I share some highlights from the workshops I attended at the 41 st Annual SCBWI Summer Conference in LA. Jordan Brown spoke to us about his list including what, how and why he publishes. Lately, I’ve … Continue reading

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Hendry Ranch Wines In Napa Valley

J and I booked a tour of Hendry Ranch Wines because it was ranked #1 on TripAdvisor for activities in Napa. It had some of the best reviews ever. We decided this was our winery tour and tasting place. The … Continue reading

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Requests for Revisions and Request for Manuscript

So I’ve been sitting on two amazing piece of good news. Debating if I should share it or just wait and see what comes of it… But life is lots of moments that have to be shared or else the … Continue reading

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SCBWI LA Conference Highlights: Timelessness and The Inner Child

1,234 people were on hand for the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA August 3-6th. The biggest children’s book writers and illustrators conference of the year kicked off with some hilarious opening remarks by Lin Oliver and Stephen Mooser. Stephen regaled … Continue reading

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