Thursday, April 19, 2012

Away, Away, Away!

Would you like to know a secret?

Someone is going away for the weekend!

I'm taking no stowaways this time!

I've done my duty to children and tonsils alike this month, 
 aided and abetted a Science Fair project, 
and had my first soccer mom appearance. 
[Egads! - am I a soccer mom?] 

So, no matter how much they ply me 
with beseeching grins, 
I'll be strong. 

...okay, maybe there's room for one very small person...

Time to don my "fancy" clothes,
grab some pens and a notebook,
and click my ruby red slippers

because I'm off to the Emerald City!

It's time for the SCBWI - Western Washington Spring Conference!

I am thrilled to see my Northwest writer pals, 
soak up creative juices from Bonnie Becker, Melissa Sweet 
and other brilliant wits, including my agent, 
Rubin Pfeffer!  

So, If you're coming, hunt me down! 
I'll be the one in the flaming pink boa. 
(Okay, that was a joke. I don't do plumes.)
If you're not coming, I'll glean my best 
to share with you when I get back.

"The most important reason for going from one place
to another is to see what's in between,
and they took great pleasure in doing just that." 
- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth  

Stunning picture books about journeys:

The Journey, by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small

The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small


Words A Day said...

Have a wonderful time!
Such beautiful pictures of your beautiful children, how could anyone resist those little faces? :)

The Knitty Gritty Homestead said...

I really can't read "The Gardener" without weeping. Have a wonderful trip!

Jasie VanGesen said...

Have a good time!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Me, too! Except I'm going to SCBWI Writers Day in L.A. So excited to hang out with writers for the weekend. Hope you have a wonderful time.

Ruthie Redden said...

Even the very beginnings of your adventure are exciting, have a most wonderful time all x Adorable photos by the by x x

Dawn Simon said...

What great photos of you and your cuties! And, as always, beautifully written.

It was sooo nice seeing you last weekend, Faith! Such a treat! And what a conference! :) Your kids and husband must have been so thrilled to see you return! It really is big, going away. And coming home.

Jan Morrison said...

Oh oh oh! I hope you had a marvelous time - I do want to hear about it...I love those pics and nice to see what you look like too!

Faith Pray said...

Thank you, Jasie and Niamh!

Knitty, I'm glad to know another "The Gardener" fan! Sarah Stewart and David Small are an amazing husband/wife author/ illustrator team!

Faith Pray said...

Tricia, I hope Writers Day was amazing. Hip hip hooray for writers' getaways!

Faith Pray said...

Thank you, Ruthie! It's a royal treat to get out of the mud boots and stay in a fancy hotel for a few days!

Dawn, I totally agree. I am so glad I got to rub elbows with your gracious, clever self! Happy writing!

Faith Pray said...

Jan, thank you! I know - I don't get in front of the lens much! I hope your abecedarian blog quest has gone like clockwork from A - Z!


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