Travel recap

I’m back from Seattle and Philadelphia, and to sum up: Seattle was beautiful and sunny and fifty degrees and the food omg the FOOD!  Philadelphia was snow-covered and majestic and FREE BOOKS everywhere and yet so cold that I thought I was going to die.  Seriously, I’m tired of winter taking a little of the fun out of everything.

I met so many wonderful librarians and booksellers, and I found the World of Warcraft players and AD&D Second Edition fans among them.  Really, there are few things more satisfying than confessing that you’re a gamer to a room full of strangers and then watching to see which ones light up and nod knowingly.

I also got to read an advance copy of E. Lockhart’s upcoming WE WERE LIARS after a dinner event we did together in Seattle.  Great read, and writers especially should take note of this book.  There’s a lot you can learn about structure and pacing.  I read it through once, then went back and broke the plot down to see how Lockhart constructed her story.  Elegant, well-planned, and she makes it look easy.  It’s not.  Look for WE WERE LIARS on May 13, 2014.

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