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I went to the second annual kidlitosphere blogging conference this weekend, which was conveniently located in Portland. Yay for local fun!
Conferences always involve a million details and many hours of donated time. In this case, our conference organizing angels were Laini Taylor and Jone Rush MacCulloch. Thank you sooo much, Laini and Jone – it was terrific, and I hope you rested today!

I met authors, librarians, and bloggers. And I got some free books! What is better than free books? Nothing!

In the spirit of making room for more books on my groaning bookshelves, I’ve decided to do a Halloween book giveaway! (*Details are after the cut.)


I learned that I’m a lazy blogger.

I post sporadically, my topics are random and self-indulgent, and I don’t do the networking thing very well. (This is my own judgment – no one at the conference accused me of inferior blogging.)

But I do love it. So I guess I’ll keep doing it. Exciting!

Luckily, there are plenty of interesting, smart, funny bloggers out there who are passionate about kids’ books and literacy, and who post regularly with excellent topics. I got to meet and hang out with a few of them this weekend. Check out their blogs:






Two Lisas, two Saras, and an April walk into a bar …

Okay, it wasn’t a bar.

It was a restaurant. I had lunch with lisa_schroeder, sarazarr, sararyan, and aprilhenry yesterday during our break. It was so fun to spend time with them, especially out-of-towner Sara Zarr. We are going to start a group blog about writing and working out, right, Sara Ryan? Hee! Probably not. But it’s a fun idea. After all, writers spend a lot of time (A LOT OF TIME) in chairs. I hope we all have some form of exercise to counteract the sedentary time.


Speaking of workouts, I earned my blue belt in taekwondo Friday. Exciting!



I’m so excited this book came in at the library – I picked it up today:

I love the Jacky Faber series, and I can’t wait to read this latest installment! Jacky is the kind of character I would love to meet. She would probably make me crazy with her impetuous nature, but her big heart is the driving force behind her schemes.


It’s Banned Books Week.

After I finish Jacky’s book, I may re-read a Harry Potter.



OMG, is that a leg???

So here’s the book giveaway plan!

Add a comment telling me your favorite Halloween costume when you were a kid.

Or … don’t. Just tell me you want to participate.

On October 5, I will pick a name at random out of an orange plastic jack-o-lantern, and the winner will receive the following VAMPIRE BOOKS:

The first two are gently read books, and the third one will be new, because Dracula is one of my all-time favorite books, and I love to share the classic Drac with people.

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Sep. 29th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Congrats on your belt & love to hear your thoughts on the awesome conference!
Sep. 29th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
Thank you, Dawn!

I'm too lazy to blog about the blogging ... but if you click on Laini's link, she has some comprehensive posts.

Sep. 29th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Congrats on the blue belt!!!
And I need to head NorthWest some time to meet Lisa and Lisa and April (I actually met Sara!)
Sep. 29th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
Sara Ryan or Sara Zarr?

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Sep. 29th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Congrats on the blue belt!
And I don't think we can do a whole blog, but some sort of coordinated posting, maybe...
Sep. 29th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Yes, get right on that!

Sep. 29th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
My daughter still remembers me telling her about the time you broke a board! Congratulations on your blue belt!

Incidentally, we have a huge spider that looks identical to yours that spun a web on my daughter's playset outside. It is both scary and fascinating at the same time to watch.

As far as my favorite costume goes - I remember that I loved being a card - I took two poster boards and construction paper
and voila - I was the Ace of Hearts.
Sep. 29th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
I hope I meet your daughter someday. The whole family!

I've been on kind of a spider theme lately. :-)

Thanks for entering the giveaway!
Sep. 29th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Ooh, I want those books! I'll play. My favorite Halloween costume as a kid...is tough! I was SO into Halloween costumes... I was pretty proud of my Princess Leia (back when I had enough hair to make some awesome buns) but my favorite was probably Clearbrook the elf from the Elfquest comics. No one knew what I WAS, of course, but I loved the character and I happened to find this khaki colored shirt made from a burlap-type material with fringe on it that looked almost EXACTLY like her shirt. It was freaky! Everyone thought I was Robin Hood or Peter Pan, but that was okay. I was almost Robin Hood on a previous Halloween anyway.

BTW, congrats on the blue belt!
Sep. 29th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Wow, you made the buns with your real hair??!
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Sep. 29th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
sounds like good times, kmad!
Sep. 29th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
oh my favorite was a ghost my dad made out of an old sheet. we went together to the hardware store to pick out real chain for me to drag behind me on the asphalt. needless to say, i was a total bad ass that year. =D
Sep. 29th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
Congratulations on receiving and earning your blue belt!

Glad that you had fun at the event. Thanks for supporting readergirlz and bloggers.
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
You were missed!
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Sep. 29th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
Woohoo blue belt! Congratulations!

Sounds like a good weekend. I went to Ikea. And didn't spend too much. Yay, I guess.

Sep. 29th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)

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Sep. 29th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
You don't have to enter me, I just wanted to say that is an awesome picture of you after you got your blue belt!! More and more I think I want to do that! Maybe if I sell another book someday...
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
I really love your clapping people.

Have I ever told you that?

Sep. 29th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link! What a fun conference!

Yep. That's a leg alright.

Lorie Ann Grover
Sep. 29th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the blue belt! I'm sure righty is especially proud. ^.^

Don't enter me in the contest (I have all of those books), but my fave Halloween costume was my Jem (from Jem & the Holograms) costume in 1st grade. I had pink hair AND huge star clip-on earrings covered with glitter. Um, and also, I don't really remember any other childhood costumes. Except for the disgruntled clown costume, and the year I was Frankenstein but everyone thought I was a smurf. Not my best moments . . .
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)

I bet you were an excellent Jem.

Sep. 29th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Hooray for your blue belt. And I like your new icon. And ewww to the leg in the web. And I think I'll be re-reading HP this week, too.
Sep. 29th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Hi Lisa! Great to see you this weekend -- thanks so much for coming! Looking forward to more Portland kidlit get-togethers!

And, congrats on your blue belt! Jon Bard just posted about getting his black belt in something that was not taekwando. Some kind of karate maybe? Anyway, awesome.

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