Monday, May 16, 2011

NESCBWI Conference Recap, Part I

It's Monday, Lurkdom, and after my truncated week last week, the day job exploded all over itself.* You know what that means...

I'm still thinking about the 25th Annual NESCBWI Regional Conference I attended this weekend. I hung out with some fantastic people (Kris Asselin, Laura Pauling, and Heather Kelly specifically) and learned a bunch of stuff.

I come here to learn stuff. Care to share?
  1. It's nice to have a room to yourself. After the constant go, go, go of the conference, there was nothing better than heading back up to my hotel room and sitting in silence.
  2. Kidlit writers are some of the friendliest people on the planet.
  3. Networking doesn't have to be anxiety-ridden. When I checked in on Friday, I asked the lady at the registration desk what I needed to know. She said "say hello to at least five new people a day." What a great low-stress idea.
  4. We rarely look like our avatar. I had problems recognizing both Laura and Heather (neither of whom I met in real life before). Laura pointed out I don't look like my avatar either.
  5. The silver KISS-esque boots are still winners. The meet and greet on Friday night was a silver-themed** and I rediscovered my knee-high silver boots. I've never gotten so many compliments on a pair of shoes in my life.
I learned some craft tips and such as well. My goal is to share those with you tomorrow***.

* Eew.
** For 25th anniversary, duh.
*** Please note that, as always, Alicia's goals are subject to change due to life and whim.
_______ hit of the day: Burning Times by Iced Earth


  1. So great to hang out with you! And apparently I look EXACTLY like my avatar. It's my goal to get a funkier picture. :)

  2. Glad to hear you had a good time and got to wear silver boots.

  3. The boots were to die for! they stole the show. :) It was so awesome to hang out and get to know you. :)

  4. Thanks for sharing your conference experience, Alicia... I've never been to one, but I want to go SO bad!

  5. I always wonder whether people look like their avatars. If we ever meet, you should know that I'm not cast in a brown-gold glow in real life. ;)

  6. Conferences rock. Glad you had fun!

  7. wish I had been there! I'll have to get on board for the next one.

  8. Really good conference tips. I wish I knew what I was getting into when I went to one once. lol The last one I went to was educational related and it was very political-ish very overwhelming.

  9. I look exactly like my avatar-- Dead with my heart ripped out. It's fairly accurate LOL


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