If there's one thing I've learned in my 31 years its to go into things with low expectations. I did that this past weekend when I went to ALA. (a conference held this year in DC for the American Library Association) It more than made up for not being able to attend BEA. The weekend was awesome. My low expectations were totally blown away.
I started out leaving home at 5am Saturday morning and making the typically 4.5 hour drive in about 3. Yes, I drive rather fast, but at the hour on a weekend the traffic was fantastic. Once I got to the hotel I met up with Krista and Miranda (by the way, Miranda's husband is a seriously bad ass driver! He wove through that crazy downtown graduation traffic like a pro) Thank you for the rides, you two!
Before I let the pictures speak for themselves I have to say how amazing it was to meet and hang with Miranda and Krista. It was incredible to sit and chat in person with such talented and fabulous people. Love you girls! The combination of being with such great fellow writers and experiencing ALA has got me all kinds of motivated to work on my own writing. I didn't get to as many signing as I would've liked, but I got books signed by Melissa Marr, Ally Condie, Andrea Cremer, Carolyn Mackler, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and even two MG authors for my niece. Eeee! Now time for the pics...
An overview of some of the exhibit floor
Krista showing off some of her ARCs and purchases
A few of my books
Vodak with Miranda and I. Mwahaha!
John Green and David Levithan signing. You want to talk about a line!
Simon & Schuster booth. YAY for CRESCENDO love!
Getting my ARC of MATCHED, signed by author Ally Condie. The day after
getting it and I'm already half way through this book and it's AMAZING!
Meeting two of my favorite authors of two of my favorite books!
Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia,
authors of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS
Miranda, me, and Krista heading to the Stacks
More fun with Krista showing her finds
The only thing that could have made this weekend any better was having my sister be able to come along and seeing them handing out CRESCENDO ARCs. And, of course, having Becca there to sign them! Missed you girls. BEA 2011, baby!