Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My SCBWI Summer Conference Tweets Transcript (#SCBWI09)...

Stealing an idea from Lee Wind (who says in Hollywood, it's referred to as "liberating" an idea), I've collected all the tweets I posted from the time I left the house for the SCBWI Summer Conference until I got home--when I wasn't blogging, I was tweeting. (I may have corrected a few misspellings and boo-boos.) Click here to find all the #SCBWI09 posts and see what everyone at the event was saying.

  • The last thing I want to do first thing in the morning: clean up cat barf. Guess what I just did?
  • My (awesome) brother just picked me up for the airport. I know, I'm surprised as you are that I got up this early.
  • Worst CVG security line ever! Walked straight on to my (exit row) seat when I got to the gate.
  • A guy in the back of my plane had a seizure. First time I've been on flight where they paged for a doc. Nice delay in CVG. Just left LAX!
  • Why are LA cabs always uncomfortably hot?
  • The cabbie has hockey playing curious George hanging from his rear view mirror which makes me like him better. Wish he would get off phone
  • At faculty dinner sitting with @EllenHopkinsYA, @Suzanne_Young, David Diaz and others. The bartenders make fab cosmos.
  • David Diaz kicked our butts at Hannah Montana Uno #SCBWI09
  • Ahh. King size hotel bed. Goodnight, tweeps. Lots of tweets and blogging tomorrow! #SCBWI09
  • #scbwi09 SCBWI TEAM BLOG @PaulaYoo; @leewind; @cuppajolie; @jeaimetem; @suzanne_young #followfriday
  • Breakfast with Team Blog in The Breeze. Everyone is playing with devices. We start conference coverage in an hour. #SCBWI09
  • Just went last in the faculty word parade. My word: blog! #SCBWI09
  • Sherman Alexie has the room laughing. #SCBWI09
  • Sherman Alexie can go seamlessly from tragedy to comedy. #SCBWI09
  • Sherman Alexie has perhaps the best story ever about how books helped him get through childhood. #SCBWI09
  • Sherman Alexie: "I'm rich but I still have class issues." #SCBWI09
  • Sherman just dropped a very appropriate F-bomb. #SCBWI09
  • Sherman: "The book is safe. The book is where I can hide." #SCBWI09
  • Sherman: "It's easy to hand a book to a kid that's about that kid." The challenge is to engage a kid in a book that isn't. #SCBWI09
  • It's super cold in the conference ballroom but David Wiesner's beautiful images will warm me up. #SCBWI09
  • David Wiesner is showing clips from The Shining in relation to his process. Makes sense in person. #SCBWI09
  • David Wiesner loves him some movies. Now he's discussing 2001: A Space Odyssey. #SCBWI09
  • But really, is it any surprise movies inspire Wienser? Look at his books if you're not sure. #SCBWI09
  • Lobby court restaurant is trying to starve me and make me late.
  • Lin Oliver is telling contest winner jokes. There are some witty peeps here. Oh--door prizes! #SCBWI09
  • Editor panel going on. I love listening to editors discuss books they're passionate about. #SCBWI09
  • Ari Lewin from Hyperion: bookstores love series. Stand alone connected stories, even better. # SCBWI09
  • RT @gregpincus: #scbwi09 Tweetup tonight at 9 in the lobby bar area. Come say "hi" or something longer than 140 characters!
  • Agent Marietta Zacker is reading the first paragraph from an unpublished novel she says "gives her shivers" every time she reads it #SCBWI09
  • Marietta Zacker said she recently counted how many manuscripts her agency receives daily. Answer: 10. #SCBWI09
  • Check out the secret stuff behind the book jacket of Frank Portman's latest novel, Andromeda Klein
  • Just rode the elevator with a guy who bathed in cologne. I can still smell it. #SCBWI09
  • Karen Cushman just took the stage. I love her books. #SCBWI09
  • Someone's phone just rang. Karen Cushman: "Sounds like the ice cream man is here." #SCBWI09
  • Cushman: Writing is like exercise. I wanted to do it, planned to do it, but never got around to doing it. Until she was in her 50s. #SCBWI09
  • Karen Cushman quoting a poet: Write what you know. This should leave you with a lot of free time. #SCBWI09
  • Karen Cushman: I figured I could say 'shitty first drafts' since Sherman said 'f*** you' yesterday. (Big laughs.) #SCBWI09
  • Karen Cushman: Tell the truth--the emotional truth, the truth of your passion, the truth revealed from your research. #SCBWI09
  • Karen Cushman: publication isn't the only reason to write. Let go of the outcome. #SCBWI09
  • Karen Cushman: Like Flannery O'Connor, I write what I can. #SCBWI09
  • Holly Black is leading an active discussion on critique groups. Blog posts soon. (No wifi in Brentwood room.) #SCBWI09
  • Holly Black always wears cool shoes. #SCBWI09
  • Holly Black just had the people in her session write something, swap with a partner, and tell each other what's good about it. #SCBWI09
  • Ellen Hopkins: "The $8000 advance I got for Crank was not life changing." #SCBWI09
  • Ellen Hopkins: There were dark phases in my life. I got through them. I worked them into my writing. #SCBWI09
  • Ellen Hopkins is making me cry. I wish you were all here listening to her story. #SCBWI09
  • Ellen Hopkin's Crank sold on 75 pages. #SCBWI09
  • It took 2 1/2 years for Crank to hit the NY Times bestseller list. #SCBWI09
  • Ellen Hopkins: Learn the rules before you break them. #SCBWI09
  • Courtney Bongiolatti (S&S); "Literal hell or metaphorical? Because that would be important for the synopsis." #SCBWI09
  • #SCBWI09 Conference F-Bomb Count--number of keynote speakers who have have dropped the f-bomb so far: 4. (I'll update you as f-bombs happen)
  • Wendy Loggia (Delacorte) googles writers before she takes them on. So watch what you say in the blogosphere, tweeps. #SCBWI09
  • Wendy Loggia: Contrary to popular belief, we do not take pleasure in crushing writers' dreams. (She's given a great session). #SCBWI09
  • Our sundae came with an extra gravy boat of fudge
  • Holly Black: Fantasy has real stuff to say about our own world and real things to say about us. #SCBWI09
  • Holly: We have to believe in the fantastical when we read it. World building is one of most difficult things for fantasy writers. #SCBWI09
  • Holly Black: In many ways fantasy resembles historical fiction. #SCBWI09
  • Holly Black's crazy theory: fantasy plotting is slightly different than non-fantasy plotting
  • Holly Black: When I started, I wrote a lot of scenes with elves sitting around drinking coffee and experiencing ennui. #SCBWI09
  • Doing last minute presentation prep for my breakout session Practical Online Promotion. #SCBWI09
  • I'm talking about twitter
  • Just left the Golden Kite Luncheon. Getting ready to blog Marla Frazee's session, How Your Words Inspire Me to Draw Pictures #SCBWI09
  • Marla Frazee: I [illustrate] one page at a time and I do them in order. Because I'm a Capricorn. #SCBWI09
  • Elizabeth Law: Egmont's profits go to children's charities. They are technically a not-for-profit publisher. #SCBWI09
  • Elizabeth Law: Writers need to know what the hook is for their books. Elevator pitches aren't two minutes long. #SCBWI09
  • Elizabeth Law: She thinks agents are important and advises writers to find one. "I rely on agents to weed things out for me." #SCBWI09
  • Elizabeth Law: "Winslow the Whale spouted emotions through his blow hole." (Posted because it's just as funny out of context.) #SCBWI09
  • Elizabeth Law on social networking: Join networks, make comments, make friends, don't be embarrassed to talk about your work. #SCBWI09
  • Elizabeth Law: "If anyone does introduce me to my future husband, there's a contract for you at Egmont." #SCBWI09
  • @mbrockenbrough That was one excellent banana.
  • @chavelaque Thanks! And thank you for contributing. (Everyone be sure to read Cheryl's great piece on revision in the 2010 CWIM.)
  • I'm having my final breakfast at The Breeze at the Century Plaza. (I recommend the oatmeal.)
  • On my way to my least favorite airport LAX. (It is no CVG.)
  • My cab driver's name is Igor. That's kinda cool. I've never met an Igor. (He's a very good driver.)
  • Just drove past a Live Nudes place right next to Carl's Jr. I'm so not in the Nati.
  • I'm standing in the line to get to the next place I will stand in line. LAX: you are living up to my expectations.
  • Number of times 20-something dude in security line said 'dude' in his 5-minute phone call: 13. (I counted.) Dude. His Vegas trip ROCKED!
  • I'd forgotten all about humidity until it smacked me in the face outside the airport.
  • Back in the Nati and stuck in LA-style traffic. But someone's here to help.


StaffPicks said...

Reads like a novel. Thanks for posting-- it lets me re-live the conference tweet by tweet!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

thanks for summarizing these

Paula Parmesan said...

Love it! Lee inspired me, too. I just posted Twitter Feeds for Aug. 6 & 7, and will post more Twitter feed blogs 2morrow. It was a lot of work, huh, Alice and Lee? Wow, took me an hour to post both! LOL! xo Paula ( and PS. Reposted cuz I can't seem to use anything but my other blogger account which is for a food blog. just FYI if you're confused. Paula Parmesan = Paula Yoo LOL!

SCBWI said...

It was a lot of work, Paula. It took a long time, but it was fun to do--and to read all my posts together.

Lee Wind, M.Ed. said...

Okay, it really is a cool idea - I missed so many of these - and even that Holly Black quote about the Elves sitting around drinking coffee and enuii - LOL - I blogged that session! Thanks for sharing all this great stuff the second time around,

Sheila Deeth said...

Now there's a thought - or many thoughts I suppose, though not always very deep.

Cuppa Jolie said...

I am still jealous of the gravy boat of fudge! :)

BJW said...

yeah that gravy boat of fudge looks pretty okay to me. said...

Holly Black does wear cool shoes. Marla knows what to put on her feet as well.

Thanks for the rundown. You got me all pumped up again!

Sue Fliess said...

stumbled upon this while googling an agent. I attended the conference and it was so fun to read all the quotes again. I tried to describe Sherman's talk to my hubby, but couldn't do it justice. Thanks for posting all of this!