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One of the great things about living in Florida is that everyone comes to you sooner or later.  This weekend at the wonderful Spacecoast Writers conference, I got to spend some quality time with Deidre Knight and her family, “rival” agents Mary Sue Seymour, who has her own agency, Jennifer Schober from Spencerhill Assoc., Sarah Davies of The Greenhouse Literary Agency, who blogs here, and Katharine Sands of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.  I also got to meet Alyson Day of HarperCollins Children's Books, who gave me a wonderful book called OUR STORY. OUR WAY. I'm sure I'll be blogging about sometime soon, and freelance editor Dedi Felman.  There were also a bunch of fabulous writers, including Cynthia Lord, who wrote RULES, which my son and I read together because it's been chosen one of the Sunshine State books.  Her speech put tears in my eyes. 

Then, because it would have been wrong, wrong, wrong to be so close and miss it, me and mine met up with Deanna Hoak and hers (Deanna is a fabulous copyeditor who blogs
here) and brought along Jud Knight (from TKA) and his girls, who my son fell for on sight, to The Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex.  Awesome doesn't quite cover it.  There were rockets, a talk by astronaut Jerry Carr, a simulated shuttle flight, a fun stage-show for the kids, a play dome, space art...and that was only a fraction of what there was to see.  We missed the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, though we've resolved to go back for another visit, but we saw everything else we could do in a day.  HIGHLY recommended.  I've posted three photos above, one of the Rocket Garden, a family photo and a pic of the whole gang in our 3-D goggles (note: I'm wisely =behind= the camera <g>).

Then, as if that wasn't all incredible enough, Esther Friesner, Walter Stutzman and their daughter Annie came to a town not far, far away, so we had a wonderful visit with them on Monday.  Now I'm back at my desk, playing catch-up on everything that piled up while I was out.  But it was well worth the mounds of mail!

In other news, I just got the bound galleys for SOME GIRLS BITE by Chloe Neill (coming April 09) and feel the need to share the wonderful tagline, "Merit has just become a vampire.  And her new life is at stake."  (Yes, I admit it - I love puns.  Part of the reason for my love of Spider Robinson.)




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