Thursday, April 3, 2008

Child #3, Upcoming Trip


In honor of National Poetry Month, Child #3 has a poem up on the Class of 2k8's blog!!

Please pop over and see his brilliance!

In other news, I'm packing my bags. I'm headed to Phoenix for a writers' conference this weekend. It'll be a terrific time for several reasons:

1. I get to meet my agent, the amazing and wonderful Rachel Vater, for THE VERY FIRST TIME EVER!

2. I'll be doing some writing research at a real-live (pun intended) cemetery, middle school and a couple of other Phoenix locations. So, if you're in the area and spot a cute (Hertz has assured me) little rental car with a Garmin stuck on the windshield and a woman with beautiful hair (I got new highlights yesterday) at the wheel, honk and wave!

3. I have a room all to myself in a swanky hotel.

4. I'll get some decent uninterrupted writing time. (The revisions on book #2 are coming along swimmingly, BTW. Don't fret, Uncle B., I'll be done on time.)

5. Writers' conferences are always fun!

6. I'll be hanging out with RACHEL VATER, THE BRILLIANT AGENT WHO HELPED MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE! (Yes, I know this is very similar to #1, but I'M SO EXCITED!)

Should I take pictures for you guys? I could, although my cheap digital camera isn't always kind to her subjects...

In the throes of all this excitement, I'm throwing caution to the winds and heading to Target without a list!

I've missed you, dear blogging friends. I've been so busy with revisions that I haven't been bopping around to all your blogs as usual. Bear with me, please. Once the book is in, I'll catch up!

And thank you Laura of Catholic Teacher Musings for including me in your poem. What an honor!

27 comments:

~Virginia~ said...

Pictures are mandatory! Especially for trips! Have a great time...in Phoenix AND in Target! :)

Larramie said...

Yes, Barrie, please take pictures. And Rachel Vater must be amazing since everyone swoons over her. ;)

Enjoy and travel safe!

Sustenance Scout said...

Barrie, I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. So nice to meet ya! I can't wait to buy your book for my nine-year-old who will probably devour it in a weekend. Let me know when you're headed to Denver for a signing! Karen DeGroot Carter (a.k.a. K.)

PJ Hoover said...

Have a great, great time! I wish I were there with you!

Reader Rabbit 2 said...

definitely take pictures. :)

and have fun!

Family Adventure said...

Have a WONDERFUL time! I can't wait for the full report :)

Heidi

Beth said...

Have fun on your trip! You are brave indeed to enter Target without a list. DH still doesn't get why I can never leave that store without spending less than $100. It's just not possible.

alex keto said...

I left you a reply on my blog that I met and chatted with Rachel Vater and Scott Hoffman last summer at the PNWA conference. She was very nice, but she won't remember me. I was part of the vast herd of writing sheep at the conference.

Sandy Levin said...

Have a great time in Phoenix - are you going to check out Sherry's old haunts? Will have comments on your revisions soon - I promise.

Angela said...

Oh have a great time!!

Beck said...

Fun!
Have a GOOD time.

M.P. Barker said...

Have a great trip.

And you're justifiably proud of child #3--what a talent! Twelve, you say?? Kudos to the fellow! Lovely poem.

Michele

Anonymous said...

"heading to Target without a list!

I KNEW I liked you! I am such a list person that this sounds wonderfully carefree and adventurous!

If you get lost in AZ, I'll have my very-kind niece pick you up and get you back on track.

Wave to the Grand Canyon for me!

-Nancy V.

Elizabeth said...

This sounds a wonderful adventure.
We are all really looking forward to hearing all about it.
Keep us posted.
Have a great weekend.

Bina said...

You are going to have SO MUCH FUN! I'm envious. Being in a swanky hotel room, ALL. TO. YOURSELF.

My oh my what I wouldn't do for that!

Yes, pictures please! I want to drip envy all over the screen, k?

Bina said...

I just read the poem. Child #3 did a GREAT job! WEll DONE!!!!!

Rae Ann Parker said...

I LOVE writers' conferences. Have a great time. And please post photos.

Michele said...

Target without a LIST?! Danger! Danger! LOL. Who am I kidding...I never stick to my list when I go to Target. ::shaking head::

Have a great time at the conference and have fun with your research!

Kelley said...

Have a great time. Take loads of pictures.

Carleen Brice said...

Um. Yeah. You must take pictures! And blog about the conference. And tell us exactly everything Rachel says and does. ;)

Anonymous said...

Have fun, Barrie and enjoy the peace and quiet!

Carlene

JenKneeBee said...

Have a good trip!

Patti said...

have a great time on the trip....god speed.

deboradale said...

This sounds thrilling! I've never been to a writer's conference or retreat but would love to one day. Happy writing! Enjoy the weekend and let us know how it went.
~Debbie

Travis Erwin said...

yes on the camera and have a great time.

Beth said...

WHA????!!!! Target with NO LIST??!!!! Good Lord Woman!!! Calm Down!!

Have fun and still take pictures even if they aren't very kind....

booklady said...

Hope you enjoyed the Desert Dreams conference! (At least, I'm assuming that's where you went, since that was in Phoenix this weekend.) It's a good one. I went the last two times, and I'd be there this time except that I'm going to Nationals. Yay! Hope you learn lots, enjoy talking to Rachel and all the other great people, and come back totally inspired.