Sunday, October 08, 2006
I nailed it!
My SCBWI speech was a tremendous success, as was the break-out workshop. I opened with a joke based upon my personal experiences doing public speaking, and the room erupted in laughter and applause. That happened several times throughout the short speech, it was very cool, actually.
In my travels to conferences and literary festivals, I've had the fortunate opportunity to meet many authors and illustrators. I felt at home, knowing so many people.
At lunch, I sat next to artist/author extraordinaire, Janee Trasler, an old friend from the blogosphere, whom I met in person for the first time. Other friends I ran into: The wonderful Anastasia Suen, Jan Peck, Willie Welch, Shirly Duke, Alan Stacy, Sue Ward, and so many others, who I'm not leaving out intentionally.
Diane Roberts, whom I met earlier this year at ALA, and who invited me to speak, introduced me as, "The good looking Don Tate." Ok, I'm hip to that!
My only regret is that I arrived so late that I wasn't able to attend the pre-conference dinner Friday evening. Saturday, I was in such a zone that I wasn't very sociable. I never even introduced myself to the other guests: Nancy Mercado (Hot!), Andrea Menotti (Sweet), Libba Bray (Refreshing), and Lori Nowicki (All about the business).
In an attempt to beat the Texas vs. Oklahoma football crowd back to Austin, I had to leave before the Saturday, post conference dinner. I did beat the traffic — problem is, for two hours, I was lost in a black hole east of Forth Worth. It got so bad, that at one point, because I was so sleepy, I considered pulling my car over, locking the doors and waiting the night out until I had some sleep. And sunlight. Anyway, I did find my way, with the help of my cell phone, my wife, Google, and a large cup of coffee.
*Sorry I only have pictures of myself, but I really was out of it.