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Lord I Was Born A Ramblin (Wo)maaaan

By far the busiest week I’ve had in a while: 6,412.8 miles in ten days. Whew!

Some photos from the road…as many as I remembered to take, starting at the Tucson Festival of the Book.

The view from my window in Tucson

The view from my window in Tucson

Another courtyard

One of the courtyards at the Lodge on the Desert

Beautiful pots all over the place

Beautiful pots all over the place

This saguaro cactus towers over you. I'm told that the "arms" don't grow on it until its old...60 years or so.

This saguaro cactus towers over you. I’m told that the “arms” don’t grow on it until it’s old…60 years or so.

The hotel is one of the oldest in Tucson and was recently remodeled. Lots of lovely alcoves and tile work

The hotel is one of the oldest in Tucson and was recently remodeled. Lots of lovely alcoves and tile work

Crystal Allen, Monica Brown, Kirby Larsen, and Natalie Lloyd made up the Mighty Girls panel

Crystal Allen, Monica Brown, Kirby Larsen, and Natalie Lloyd made up the Mighty Girls panel. I couldn’t resist sitting in on a panel with such a good title!

What a panel! With Dan Gemeinhart and Ruta Sepetys (who taught me how to say her name)

What a panel! With Dan Gemeinhart and Ruta Sepetys (who taught me how to say her name)

At the author dinner with Kendal Washington White, Ass't VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students (and her son Robert)

At the author dinner with Kendal Washington White, Ass’t VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Arizona (and her son Robert)

The juniors and seniors from Tucson High School who interviewed me about Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and Burn Baby Burn

The juniors and seniors from Tucson High School who interviewed me about Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and Burn Baby Burn

Some teenagers really know how to win me over!

Some teenagers really know how to win me over!

 

On to the Virginia Festival of the Book…

More ceiling tiles...

The students’ country of origin are celebrated on the ceiling tiles of Jack Jouett MS in Charlottesville VA

Great VA Book Fest panel on writing family with Lamar Giles (Endangered), Kelly Fiori (Thicker Than Water) Hannah Barnaby (Some of the Parts)

Great VA Book Fest panel on writing family with Lamar Giles (Endangered), Kelly Fiori (Thicker Than Water) Hannah Barnaby (Some of the Parts)

And wrapping up in Fort Myers Florida for the Southwest Florida Reading Festival.

Eric Elfman (who was my writing coach) and Neal Shusterman (Challenger Deep) I bought the whole Accelerate Triology. Here they are at the statue of Edison who had a winter residence in Ft. Myers

Eric Elfman (who was my writing coach) and Neal Shusterman (Challenger Deep) I bought their whole Accelerati Trilogy. Here they are at the statue of Edison who had a winter residence in Ft. Myers

Mere moments after I got fully drenched by a sheet of water that slid off the tent. See puddle at my feet. No. I am not amused.

Mere moments after I got fully drenched by a sheet of water that slid off the tent. See puddle at my feet. No. I am not amused.

With the lovely Cuban American author, Chantel Acevedo. Pick up A Falling Star or The Distant Marvels!

With the lovely Cuban American author, Chantel Acevedo. Pick up A Falling Star or The Distant Marvels!

So fun to meet Trish Doller (The Devil You Know), who also writes strong girls

So fun to meet Trish Doller (The Devil You Know), who also writes strong girls

Trish Doller carries this little one around.

Trish Doller carries this little one around.

Reading Mango Abuela and Me moments before the sky opened up with lightning and we were all rushed inside!

Just managed to finish reading Mango, Abuela and Me before the skies opened up and lightning forced everyone inside!

I am not Meg Cabot. Perhaps this photo can help. (But it would be nice!)

I am not Meg Cabot (although it would be nice.) Perhaps this photo can help you tell us apart.

Legends, Hashtags &Wisdom: VA Festival of the Book

Okay, a very quick post because I am on deadline!

I spent three glorious days with my friends Kristen Swenson and A. B. Westrick in the mountains of Virginia at the 20th anniversary of the Festival of the Book.

Some highlights in pictures:

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  • My school visit at Jackson-Via Elementary. Best question from a second grader: Do you make more than $30 a day?
  • Great panel about author platforms with Jane Friedman, author Gigi Amateau, and “The Book Maven” Bethanne Patrick who is behind #Friday Reads. They gave lots of definitions and practical advice on creating your overall reputation. Favorite take-away from Jane:  Building your platform takes patience and consistency. It should outlast any single book or project that you do.
  • Talking YA books for adults with old friend K.P. Madonia (Fingerprints of You) and new friend Andrew Auseon (Freak Magnet and others) at the Village School. Great reads. Put them on your list.

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  • Practicing the use of hashtags with children’s lit legend Louis Lowry, Kathy Erskine and Jennifer Elvgren. I didn’t see that one coming, but you know, we’re all racing to understand this stuff! #YA, #kidlit, #canyoubelievethis?
Jennifer, Ms. Lowry, and me

Jennifer, Ms. Lowry, and me

  • Top pick of all: The joyous “homecoming panel” at the Paramount Theater on Saturday night. We were treated to an evening of conversation with (thank you God) a culturally diverse panel of writing giants – who talked about their lives as writers: Rita Mae Brown, Lee Smith, Kwame Alexander, Sonia Manzano, E. Ethelbert  Miller and  moderator Dr. Joanne Gabbin.  They were at turns hilarious, thoughtful, and tender. Overall wisdom: Say yes to your wildest literary ideas and offers.
The Homecoming Author Event

The Homecoming Author Event