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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oklahoma and other stuff from the middle

That would make a great title, eh? Don't steal it; I call dibs.

Back from Oklahoma and Encyclomedia. Loved the event. Librarians rock! You guys asked great questions during our panel and you were ever so gracious to come to the signing area at the Best of Books booth and say hi later. Plus Oklahoma City! Why haven't I been there before? Please ask me to come back.

Thanks to Stacy Nyikos for arranging our panel even when she couldn't be part of it herself. And to my co-panelists: Janet Fox, Fran Cannon Slayton, Bonnie Doerr, Denise Jaden - you are all made of much awesome.

Extra bonus round: Got to hang later with my ABLA "sistahs" - the fabulous Cynthia Liu and Tammi Sauer - who made me laugh until my stomach hurt. And did you know that our room at the Colcord Hotel had its own doorbell?

A few pics:

Cynthia Liu showing everyone how to Skype at the Hot Spot on the Encyclomedia convention floor.
From left to right: Janet Fox, Bonnie Doerr, Denise Jaden, Fran Cannon Slayton, Cynthia Liu, me, Tammi Sauer. (and beverages)

About ready to present: Fran, Joy, Bonnie, Denise, Janet
Later we brainstormed more panel ideas. Janet and I got ourselves psyched up for our next appearance together - in Orlando at NCTE in November on our "The Other Happily Ever After" panel (more on that soon) And then I flew home. Thanks Southwest. Happiest airline ever.
In other news: HAUNTED arcs are filtering into the world. I'm planning some tours and signings. If you'd like me to come to you or your school, give me a holler. I'll pass it on to the fine folks at Sourcebooks.
Haunted: wacky evil mermaids, a love triangle, more blue-eyed Ethan, more brave bff Tess, more Baba Yaga... and definitely some kissing!
til next time...




8 comments:

Janet Fox said...

We had SO MUCH FUN!! Stacy Nyikos was a doll for setting this up and the librarians were awesome.

Thanks, Joy!!

Fran Cannon Slayton said...

Ditto from me! What an amazing time. It was great to see you - let's do it again very soon :)

Denise Jaden said...

Yes! So glad to have gotten my feet wet with all of you! Thanks again for everything (and yay for having a better camera - my dinner shot came out much blurrier!)

Anonymous said...

OMG! You have to come to Arizona (preferably Phoenix) because no one ever comes here. Well, unless they live here. I would sooo love to meet you and have a book signed by you, and maybe tell you the weird/happy-making story of why I bought your book.

Joy said...

Hey anon - I would love to hear the weird story! And cross your fingers - I think Sourcebooks may be touring me in Phoenix. (nothing is scheduled yet, however!)

Kari said...

Okay, the story is that when I was in the line to buy your book, i had two books in my hand, yours and anothers. I knew that I was going to buy the other book, but I asked myself out loud if I should get yours. Just as I said that, a man passed buy me, and said yes to my question, which was the weird part. I decided that this was fate, though, and bought your book, and I totally loved it. I wish that i could thank that anonymous stranger. (Btw, I hit anonymous by accident. opps ;-))

Bonnie J. Doerr said...

Joy, not only was it a blast to join you in OK City, but it was an honor. And you are so right, the audience was amazing. There are scads of readers out there who don't know how lucky they are to have such fab librarians and educators.

Joy said...

Thanks, Kari for the story! Maybe anon stranger will fess up someday...