Wednesday, February 28, 2007

the joy of beginning

“Whatever you can do or think you can, begin it.”—Goethe

I’m writing this at our local Thai restaurant, stirring a mug of jasmine tea that’s too hot to drink. A little exhausted. Looking forward to the appetizer.

We—Mom and I—have spent the afternoon searching through yarn stores in our area. Yarn stores! A relatively new phenomenon for me. But I’m knitting constantly these days—finished a scarf a few days ago, and am now working on my third set of legwarmers. (Last week, I shipped the second set to my younger sister, who is shivering in Nebraska.)

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Posted by Jenn Langefeld on 02/28 at 07:37 PM
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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

the new york city report: part two—the metropolis

And so, the conference gave me a chance to travel again! To a place I hadn’t been in over seven years—so that qualified as a “new” place for me. I’d been to New York City during high school, when my marching band took part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I got a little taste of the city during that trip, and, as it turns out, I saw more of it then than I did during the conference weekend!

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Friday, February 16, 2007

the new york city report: part one—the SCBWI conference

Writers are very private people, who run around naked in public.”—Katherine Paterson

Though it is impossible to condense last weekend into just two weblogs, this is where I’m going to try.

As I look over my notes, at everything we covered, I can’t believe it was just a day-and-a-half conference! We heard from Susan Cooper (The Dark Is Rising), Ann Brashares (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Jane Yolen (children’s writer extraordinaire), Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which looks stunning), and Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia). We listened to a panel (with the book buyers for Borders, Barnes&Noble, and others) on what sells, and I attended two smaller sessions with editors from Random House and Little, Brown. There was an art display (because illustrators attended, after all!), book signings, award presentations, a publishers’ exposition…

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

if i can make it there, i’ll make it anywhere

“Let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. ... Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”
—Jeremiah 23:28b-29

Today, my head is full of New York City. Mom and I leave the day after tomorrow, so we spent some time scouting out the area around our hotel (coffee shops and bookstores nearby!), learning all we can online and through the brochures that SCBWI sent us. I’ve also cruised through my once-immense stack of young adult fiction, and I only have a few left… the ones I’m less interested in and will probably give up on. I’m starting to crave classic British literature instead: Shakespeare, Dickens, Collins, Austen… I’m getting a little weary of plucky teenage protagonists!

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