I’m off to NYC for #NY11SCBWI!

I have to admit, I’m a lit­tle more ner­vous about attend­ing the SCBWI con­fer­ence in NY this year. Yes, they’re going to have great speak­ers (Lois Lowry! Jane Yolen! R. L. Stine! Mo Willems! and plen­ty of oth­er won­der­ful peo­ple!). And yes, there will be agents, edi­tors, and pub­lish­ers there. But I’ve got­ten fair­ly used to that by going to so many great SCBWI events over the last few years.  No, that’s not why I’m nervous.
I’m ner­vous because NYC has been called “the bed­bug cap­i­tal of the world.”

I guess that’s sup­posed to be me, although the incred­i­bly tal­ent­ed Dana Sul­li­van must have missed my tweet about pack­ing to stay warm and only wear­ing com­fort­able shoes this trip (sor­ry NYC fash­ion­istas, but it’s not like I had a chance any­way). And a mar­ti­ni? Per­haps he also does­n’t know I’m more of a Guin­ness-girl. At the very least, cock­tails should def­i­nite­ly not have veg­eta­bles in them. Besides that, though, Dana’s pure bril­liance. You can see more fun­ny things from him, or even sign up to receive one by email every week, here.
Any­way, I’ve got plas­tic bags for all my clothes, I plan to keep my suit­case and clothes off the floor at all times, and I WILL be check­ing the bed and room when I arrive. So, let’s hope the only new things I bring back home with me are books.
Wish me luck!

2 thoughts on “I’m off to NYC for #NY11SCBWI!”

  1. Oh my gosh, lol, I’ve already packed my own sheets, pil­low­case, lysol, and plas­tic bags, and will be inspect­ing when I arrive. Yeah, I’ll be meet­ing my agent face to face for the first time, but the bed bugs are what’s stress­ing out this germa­phobe. Ridicu­lous, but true.
    Glad I’m not alone. 🙂

    • Hi Jen­ny,
      We inspect­ed, and I’m hap­py to say we did­n’t see any­thing even remote­ly bug­gy-look­ing. And this hotel has­n’t had any com­plaints since 2009, I think, so it looks like they’ve got their act together. 🙂
      Good luck meet­ing your agent!
      If you see me in the halls, be sure to say hi!


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