My mom likes to say that I’m the luckiest person she knows.
And this week, she is right.
Not to mention a generous travel stipend.
If that’s not an email that makes you scare your baby with your screams of joy, I don’t know what is. She may be scarred for life.
If you aren’t familiar with BookExpo America (BEA), it’s pretty much the biggest book event of the year. Every publisher you can imagine is there, it’s pretty much an author bonanza, and there are so many events to attend, it makes my head spin.
I have wanted to go for years, but it’s always been too expensive (or last year, when I was close enough to go without huge expense, I couldn’t take off those days of work in the middle of the week three weeks before school ended). In fact, just a week ago, I was telling Bart that I really really wanted to go some year and that maybe 2013 we could make it work. So the fact that I’m going in four weeks, instead of in two years, just thrills me.
Ralphie, wonderful, generous Ralphie, instantly agreed to watch Ella while I’m gone and Bart is at work during the day. (I’d say I owe her my firstborn child, but I’m thinking after that week, she’ll be more than happy to give me back my firstborn child).
Even more happily, two of my good friends from library school are also going (Kelly and Kimberly who write Stacked). I would say there is going to be way too much fun, but Kimberly informed me that “it’s not possible to have too much fun.”
The scholarship is being funded by Lenore in celebration of her recent book (and associated movie) deal. Doesn’t it blow your mind how generous and lovely people are?
Now to alternately count down the days and squeeze my baby tightly because I already miss her.