This is my brain on the spin cycle

Ten years ago, I came out of the bathroom holding a plastic stick with two little pink stripes on it, and Min flopped down on the bed looking as if… well, as if his world were about to permanently change. The first words he managed were: “we get to go to Disneyland.”

Last week, we finally went to Disneyland! We have been thoroughly spun, shaken, and stirred by every kind of ride, play, and event imaginable and it was fantastic. It was everything we hoped it would be, ten years ago.

But now it’s back to real life. And a mountain of laundry. As in, the Matterhorn of laundry.

Between loads, I’m talking to myself. Not only because I lost my mind somewhere along the Indiana Jones track, but also because I need to practice for tonight’s presentation to the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable. I’m talking about economics, tiger dads, and whether or not to encourage my child to be a writer. (You can probably guess my eventual answer to that one, but I won’t spoil it here.)

They have promised me wine. Which may help me forget the laundry.

One other note: the day before I left, Denise Jaden visited my blog with some fantastic tips for fast fiction. In the frenzy of packing, I did a terrible job promoting her post. If you missed it, please check it out!

Fall-ness

I had a lovely weekend of general fall-ness. On Saturday morning, I went to the Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable’s annual breakfast. It was an illustrator-author breakfast, with presentations by Barbara Reid and Jo Ellen Bogart. There’s really nothing more inspiring than a morning spent listening to two accomplished artists.

It was a head-swelling morning, too. 50 Burning Questions is shortlisted for the Roundtable’s Information Book Award, and a nice man named Rob did a wonderful presentation about the book. I wish I’d recorded the whole thing for future marketing!

To top off the Saturday festivities, my family headed over to the Apple Festival. I’ve always wanted to go, but this was our first trip. It lived up to all expectations… some apple pie, apple cider, and apple popcorn later, we waddled back to the shuttle bus.

Now all I have to do is figure out what to make with the two bags of apples and bag of pears which somehow made their way home with me. Suggestions?