The Five!

1. Okay, so I am writing this from my hotel in Washington, DC, where I am JUST about to begin National Book Festival events. It is raining, but will that stop us? NO! If you’re in the area, the Festival is going to be awesome, rain OR shine. You can find all the details here.

2. Before I arrived here, I had two GREAT days in Toronto. The initial trip was kind of chaotic—I got to airport to find my flight had been canceled, and once I DID get rebooked, it would get me there too late for my event that evening, so I had to get a new flight through Charlotte. Basically, about six hours after I left my house I was STILL in NC, two hours away from where I started. Oh, traveling. You’re just so unpredictable. I arrived at the Toronto airport with JUST enough time to get to my event at Indigo Eaton Center. And by JUST I mean I was doing my makeup in the car, racing in with a shirt on a hanger, and changing in the stockroom. Not even kidding. Melissa, the great event coordinator, assured me AFTER I’d changed that they had no surveillance cameras in said stockroom. Which I had not even THOUGHT about. Whoops! Then I had a GREAT crowd of readers show up, who patiently waited in the longest line ever to get their books signed. They even were understanding when I had to scarf down some nuts WHILE signing because I was about to pass out. Toronto readers=rock. End of story.

3. Then, the NEXT evening, I got to do an event at a local Toronto library, with a local independent store selling books. It was also so awesome. We started with a meet and greet for contest winners, which was SO fun:

And then I had a Q&A in front of the audience with Dana from Faze Magazine, who was honestly just so stylish and cute I wished she’d give me a makeover while asking me questions:

All in all, it was a great trip and I met so many cool people. Seriously, other YA writers, if you haven’t been to Toronto on tour, you NEED to go. You will not regret it.

4. Now, as I said, I am in DC for this book festival, and tonight I am going to a reception and Gala. I cannot remember a time ever, in my life, I’ve been invited to anything called that. Apparently, it USED to be black tie, but is no more (whew!) but still, I need to look cute. Also, there MAY be super big writer names there, so I have to try my best NOT to stare/gush/swoon/embarrass myself. Easier said than done. I am always that person gawking and pumping someone’s hand, unable to put words together because I admire them so much. Well, at least I am aware of it, right?

5.Finally, I have heard from quite a few folks on this trip (and elsewhere) who are super bummed I’m not going to be blogging regularly anymore. Rest assured: I am not deleting this space, never to return. I just want to do it when I feel excited to tell you something, like, well…now. I will never take for granted all you folks who have been reading these entries for all these years. I know how lucky I am to have your attention and time, I promise you. So again, it’s not goodbye. Just, you know, see you whenever. That’s still good, right?

Okay, I have to go TRY to get myself looking respectable. Wish me luck.
Have a good day, everyone!