Shh. Take a second to listen. What do you hear? Nothing. Why? Because everyone in this corner of the blogosphere, children's writers and illustrators, are away in LA at the Summer SCBWI Conference.
It's 9:00 a.m. here in Austin, which means that in LA, conference attendees are up, meeting each other, getting their coffee, strolling the conference floor and preparing for the first keynote of the day. And I'm gonna miss it all. Ain't that a mofo?
Last year, I attended the conference and, even though I didn't do much socializing or mingling, it still was a blast. Four days of networking, and listening to dynamic speakers, and opportunities to meet influential people in the field. Fun, fun, fun! This morning when I told the wife how bummed out I was for having to miss the conference, she said not to worry, that maybe one year we could all go as a family.
Maybe I'll plan to attend next summer, or maybe I'll attend the coming winter conference. Um, alone, without the family.