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On Thursday, I’m hopping on a plane to Los Angeles to attend the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators summer conference! And I can’t wait. It’s not only my first SCBWI LA conference, it’s my first conference of this sort PERIOD. I am excited to meet lots of other aspiring and soon-to-be-published writers, to learn from and be inspired by the roster of amazing speakers, and to come back to NYC energized and ready to tackle my own book revisions. I’m also expecting to be a little overwhelmed, which is why I am thrilled to be going to LA with most of my Write Night crew. Several are conference veterans, but a few are relative newbies, like me, so we can figure everything out together.

After I’ve absorbed every bit of knowledge the conference has to offer and have networked my buns off, I’ll be heading up the coast for a little R&R. Justin is flying over to meet me and we’ll be driving from LA to San Francisco, with a couple stops in between. I’m more than ready for a vacation, and I know we’ll have so much fun. Not only will Justin and I get to spend some time exploring the West Coast, I also have a close friend from college, Caitlin, who lives in San Francisco, and who I don’t see nearly often enough. So I am over the moon to get to spend time with her.

What does all this mean for my dear blog? I most likely won’t be posting from the conference or while on vacation (though if you know me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll probably see your share of updates). But I WILL be writing up a most excellent recap of this California trip when I’m back! Probably two recaps, actually — one for the conference and one for the vacation part. Full of photos and other good stuff. Check back two weeks from today for my next update.

And thanks, as always, for stopping by my blog. This is my 51st post, which is another milestone (like the blog’s six-month birthday) that I am so happy to have hit. While it’s nice to have a place to jot down my thoughts, it’s even nicer to know that there are a few people reading!

Happy Tuesday, and see you in two weeks,

Kathryn

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