Huh? Another month has breezed by? What’s with that? (UPDATE: For some reason a lot of the interesting and informative links I spent HOURS on do not work. Sigh.)
Last month was busy, and it didn’t let up. On the Fourth of July I flew to New York, New York . . .
Lots of this happened . . .
Who did I share that food with? How about author Phil Bildner in Park Slope
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Look! It’s authors Julia DeVillers and Sarah Darer Littman (and Mr. Big?) at Balthzar in SoHo . . .
In Brooklyn Heights, Caldecott-ian Paul O. Zelinsky got art tips from Peepy . . .
The food fest continued back in SoHo with author Elise Broach and author/editor Lauren Tarshis . . .
Independent editor Harold Underdown showed us a secret restaurant in Penn Station . . .
Park Slope was the lunch locale with comic/writer Meg Sweeney Lawless and entrepreneur Cindy Chin . . .
COFFEE!!! with Scholastic Store general manager Michael Strouse (Peepy had tea) . . .
When not eating, you could find me lost. Subways befuddle me . . .
Luckily, the police and horses were very helpful to Peepy and me . . .
Whilst in the Big Apple, there were also important, deeply meaningfully and sincere literary meetings, like this one with my editor Arthur Levine. Here we are discussing THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days, my next novel . . .
Lookit! We saw stuff like this, too . . .
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day . . . or night? Yes! We attended Shakespeare in the Park . . .
Ah, New York!
From there, I headed to Laramie, WY . . .
We saw this while driving (two hours) from the Denver airport . . .
Why WY, you ask? Or I ask. (Let’s pretend one of us did.) Well, it’s because I took part in Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, lead by Mike Brotherton, with Andria Schwortz and Christian Ready . . .
The program was funded by a Hubble Space Telescope grant, and published authors were invited to apply. Here’s what a lotta writer luggage looks like when it converges . . .
Of those accepted this year, and most were science fiction/fantasy authors, although there were a couple contemporary realistic authors, TV writers, a documentary filmmaker, plus my KidLit pals Malinda Lo and Jenn Reese were there, too!!! (That’s fellow writer James Sutter getting comfortable.)
The locale was Laramie, WY . . .
The workshop took place on the campus of the University of Wyoming, where there was also a dino museum . . .
It was deja vu staying in the dorms. I hadn’t stayed in one since I was a Resident Advisor at USC. Nothing had changed. Not the room . . .
Not the food . . .
Although at an art gallery reception, featuring incredible space photos, these cookies were super fancy and super fabulous . . .
But the journey wasn’t about the food. This was about six glorious days of science . . .
Despite the mega ultra science our brains were being filled with, no one’s head exploded!!!
Um, my group project is on the right. Guess whose handwriting that is?
Early during the week we visited the small telescope on campus . . .
However, one of the highlights was an amazing night at the top of a mountain to visit the WIRO space telescope which, in honor of Peepy, was painted yellow . . .
Mid-week, we took a break to hike in the mountains, once the flat tire was changed . . .
This has nothing to do with Launch Pad, but I got distracted while writing this blog and thought I’d include it because I wanted to show you my stamps . . .
Okay. Back to Launch Pad! As we all know, Peepy is a super genius, or so she says. Here she is teaching Christian Ready a thing, or two, or three . . .
As always, Peepy makes friends wherever she goes . . .
Thank you to our instructors Mike, Christian and Andria — seen here conferring with their science mentor . . .
And, oh hey! It’s PEOPLE magazine’s Most Beautiful and Smart Celebrities, the 2014 Launch Pad Astronomy Members . . .
To get a more science-y scoop on what happened in Laramie, (and because clearly they took better notes than me) check out what a few of fellow participants wrote, like Andrew Liptak, and E.C. Myers, and Jenn Reese, and Christian Ready, and Gabrielle Harbowy.
And finally, I thought I’d end with this — the view from outside WIRO telescope in the WY mountains. Photo courtesty Todd/William Vandermark . . .
Do you geek out over outer space? Thought so. Yes, you too can hunt for planets with this!
Or explore outer space with this awesome app
Once we got home, we immediately visited one of our fav indies Once Upon a Time, and then later had cheesecake. Swoon.
And finally, teachers do so much for us everyday. (I know how hard they work — my parents were teachers!) Later this month, I’ll be in NYC to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with Scholastic!!!
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