We talked industry and all things rgz. Thinking about moving the chats to Twitter. Any input, anyone?
Then it was onto a cocktail party with Robin Cruise who was hosting the delightful ladies from Blue Slip Media, Sarah and Barb. They offer such a great marketing service to authors. Definitely check their site out!
Third, we were off to the SCBWI Conference Drinks Night, and I was so pooped my camera never made it out. AND I missed Elizabeth Law. Rats!
So that was the weekend, and now I pay the piper. Only one day before TBD! Get those bookplates printed, check out the TBD Wish Lists and get ready to Rock the Drop! Twitter it up!
Can I give a shout out to TOR for hosting a lovely dinner with Cory Doctorow, YA author, blogger extraordinaire of Boing Boing, and enthusiastic activist? Here we are as happy as can be at Cafe Flora in Seattle. (Front row: Dia Calhoun and Holly Cupala. Back row: me and Cory)
We were celebrating the upcoming release of For the Win, Cory's sci-fi gaming book with some seriously kicking female characters. I had to give Cory props for giving us a character who takes a boy down who was intent on raping her, and then she says:
"I don't like you. You shouldn't chase girls or the girls might turn around and catch you."
For the Win is such an intelligent read. It cinches the entire world closer, and reaffirms how we all are truly connected. I read the work as engaged as I would be playing a multiplayer online game. In fact, I'd often lose sight that this was sci-fi! Sounds totally inline for our rgz, right? Stay tuned on that account!
Sitting beside Cory, Nancy Pearl, amidst an awesome table of book buyers and librarians, how could we not talk books? Here's a list of those batted around the table, some soon to be released, adult to board books, beginning with a couple video games:
Smokescreenby Alice Taylor, Cory's wife Left 4 Dead, Alice's latest fav video game The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link Taltos by Steven Brust (a first person fantasy with excellent exposition) Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin (Nancy's fav Ursula work) The Passage by Justin Cronin Under the Poppy by Kathe Koje The Borrible Trilogy by Michael De Larrabeiti Night Cars by Teddy Jam and Eric Beddows
Talk about fun! It was a lovely night with wonderful folks from the children's industry. Happy launch, Cory, and safe travels!