Conferences are for the birds

Two weeks ago I went to the Minnesota Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators conference, and saw a wild turkey on the side of the road. A wild turkey is probably not that peculiar a sight, but not one you expect to see driving from Minneapolis to St Paul.

This weekend I went to the Northwoods Children’s Literature Conference in Cable, Wisconsin. I drove through Taylors Falls and saw a whole bunch of eagles swirling around overhead. (If you have never seen an eagle in the wild, put this on your to-do list: see an eagle in the wild. It’s exhilarating.)

Now the pressure is on Rochester, Minnesota, where I’ll be going next week for the Minnesota Educational Media Organization conference. They’ll have to come up with a roc or a phoenix to keep the progression of increasingly impressive birds seen en route to conferences.

(I also met a lot of great writers, illustrators, editors, agents, librarians, teachers, and booksellers at those conferences.)

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