Okay, so I spent the last four days in New York for the Teen Author Festival and had a blast! First, as promised, here is "the chair."
$250 a night, folks.
I had tweeted that my hotel room had the ugliest chair I'd ever seen. Proof was demanded. My cell is from 1957, though, so you had to wait until now to get a pic. Here it is, in all its glory. I picked the hotel for its complimentary continental breakfast, though, not the furniture (unlimited Fruit Loops FTW!). And I shouldn't be mean to the chair. It actually made me laugh every time I entered the room. I'm no interior designer, but I imagined someone searching through a furniture wholesaler's inventory, trying to choose a chair that would be in hundreds of hotel rooms, seeing this one, and saying, "That's it. That's the one we want." It just makes me laugh.
Anyway, moving on. Thursday night I had dinner with the lovely Shana Silver and, of course, the conversation eventually steered to how much we miss Felicity. (TeamNoelForever!)
Friday, I was at a Scholastic event from morning through lunch, which was so much fun. In addition to giving a reading myself, I was so excited to hear excerpts from other books. You are going to want to get your hands on these books. Seriously. GREAT stuff. *points at The Eleventh Plague* *points at you* *nods*
Friday afternoon, I hustled over to New York Public Library for the Symposium. I listened to some wonderful panels. Lovely authors. Insightful discussions. Unfortunately, I fail at taking pictures.
Saturday, I was part of the panel called "The Struggle Against Darkness" with Lisa McMann, Maggie Stiefvater, and Robin Wasserman. It was my first panel and I don't think I made a fool of myself. Yay! I wore my lucky Darth Roast Coffee T-shirt because...what's a panel on darkness without Vader?
Robin Wasserman, Lisa McMann, Maggie Stiefvater, Me, David Levithan
Pic snagged with permission from Rachael Stein.
Sunday was the MEGA-SIGNING at Books of Wonder and this was just wonderful. Many girls who came to get Clarity signed had already read it and said such cool things about Clare and the book. My cheeks hurt from smiling by the end of the day. It was a fantastic time. Thank you to everyone who came! It was great to meet each and every one of you!
Also on Sunday I realized that I'd been in NYC for four days, was about to catch a train back to Boston, and had nothing for my little guy. So, I ran into the nearest store and bought this:
But I'm going to make up for it with lots of spoiling this weekend, including the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie and candy galore!