Sunday, March 17, 2013

The book festival update

Despite just experiencing a bumpy airplane ride, I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I haven’t blogged this week because I’ve been busy with school visits, conferences and such. I know you’re all wondering how the Tucson Book Festival went. Remember how I told you that my typical audience for a book reading at the teen tent was an average of, oh, a couple wandering people who wanted to rest their feet for awhile?  Well, you will think I’m a liar when I show you the picture of the audience I had.

But before you think I’m that cool, I have to admit that most of the audience who came for my reading were there because they knew R.L. Stine was doing his reading after mine and they wanted to make sure they had a seat. Smart people. And a captive audience. So yeah, the reading went really well.

The panel with Bruce Coville and Jennifer Nielsen went great too—except for the Q&A session when my friend, Angela Fox insisted that Hotel California was the greatest song ever written. Pa-lease, Angela. No one has done the Harlem Shake to that song yet.

Mysweater makes me look really fat in this picture. It is a clear sign of how awesome I think Bruce and Jennifer are, that I'm posting it anyway.

After the festival I went to Utah for a week of school visits. Those are always fun because a good author visit makes you feel like a rock star. I am currently at Lady Gaga status. Although no, I will not be donning a bubble dress or raw meat any time soon.

Lastly, I presented at Teen Author Bootcamp. The kids there rocked!

Now I’m back home and I want to sleep for a really long time.


Melinda said...

So envious! Wishing I were back in school (or lived in Tucson!). :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Think of all those people who realize now what they've missed by passing on your readings. ;)

Valerie Ipson said...

Fun times!!! You rock!

Janette Rallison said...

Melinda, perhaps you should move to Tucson--although I wouldn't recommend living there in April-September as the weather rivals Hades.

Donna, I'm hoping they all rushed out and bought my books.

Thanks, Valerie!

Tanya Parker Mills said...

Sounds like you had a great time (and well deserved)...sweater and all. :D

Janette Rallison said...

It's always a good time--just like the song.