I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted. 2011 was a real whirlwind year. Here are some blog-lights (that's highlights, only in blog speak) . . .
JANUARY began with the announcement of American Girl's 2011 Girl of the Year . . . written by Moi!!!
I finally got to blog about how the book was written and all the research, including finding out about the endangered monk seals and learning to surf . . .
There was author-esque dancing in San Diego at the American Library Association conference, plus literary It Guy Neil Gaiman, and others, got to meet Peepy . . .
FEBRUARY marked the start of my American Girl Book Tour which began in Los Angeles, and included New York where I also squeezed in a Scholastic video interview . . .
We also went to Atlanta and Peepy was pampered in Dallas . . .
Then it was off to Minnesota and Chicago . . .
MARCH was the book launch party for WARP SPEED and BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) . . .
I also flew to Kauai for a week to help spread the word about the endangered Hawaiian monk seals, like those in Kanani's stories. The trip was, um, er, strictly business, of course . . .
Also blogged in March was KANANI in Boston. While there I got to see The Blue Bunny bookstore, Peepy got to meet new fans, and later I was recused by my posse . . .
APRIL is always the Annual Summit. That's where my agent and I go to Disneyland for highly important, very official, business meetings and whatnots . . .
I also wrote about wrote about Beverly Cleary for the Huffington Post . . .
. . . and we shot our WARP SPEED book trailer . . .
MAY was busy with the Los Angeles Times Book Festival and all that excitement, plus school visits and Kevin Bacon-ish author/illustrator friends . . .
JUNE saw the debut of a new author named Ransom Riggs, also it was the month of BookExpo America in New York where, in addition to seeing great authors/illustrators I got to hang out with the most marvelous Jeannie Birdsall and my editors Cheryl Klein and Arthur Levine. I also signed lots and lots of Kanani books . . .
JULY was my very first Comic Con in San Diego. I loved the parties and the drama of it all . . .
Plus, my Klingon came in handy . . .
AUGUST is when the annual SCBWI Summer Conference takes place. It's illuminating to talk to super famous authors like Judy Blume and Richard Peck, even if they do argue over who gets to hold Peepy . . .
SEPTEMBER was super packed. We were in New York at Scholastic headquarters, and San Luis Obispo, and Louisville, KY, and Tampa, FL. Plus, we blogged about Washington, DC and the National Book Festival where we were Wonderstruck by all the literary stars, including HUGO's Brian Selznick and his shoes . . .
Heading toward, OCTOBER, we continued our blogs about the National Book Festival, this time reporting on Lauren Myracle's arrest and other incidents . . .
In OCTOBER we traveled to Florida for FAME and also to headed to Alabama for some down home folk art and fun . . .
NOVEMBER was filled with school visits and we got to speak at this awesome library . . .
DECEMBER was all bloggy with photos and such the American Girl 25th Birthday cruise to Caribbean. Hey, it's hard work, but someone has to do it!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Live in or near Long Beach, CA (or have access to a car, train, bus or plane)? Then come see me at Apostrophe Books on January 21, 2012. I'll be there from noon to 1:30 p.m.!
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