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Dating dilemma

So, I'm an idiot. This is clearly nothing new to long-term readers.

:hears Flist saying "tell us something we don't know, Caroline":

:takes names:

This week's Hooton Moment of Stupidity comes from my utter failure to manage my diary. See, I knew that the British SCBWI Conference was in November. Afterall, I'd booked my conference tickets back in September, I'd booked my hotel, I'd made a note to book my train tickets a week in advance ... Yadda, yadda, yadda.

Even knowing this, it still came as a surprise to discover that the Conference is actually next weekend. In fact, I only realised that it was next weekend because I was at a 2010 SCBWI Professional Series Event on Thursday and Teri Terry and Jon Mayhew were talking about getting ready for it.

Fortunately, I was in time to get a relatively cheap train ticket*. What I'd forgotten though was that I'd arranged with my parents for them to come and see me next weekend as it's our last opportunity to meet before my birthday and my mum's birthday to swap cards and pressies and have dinner together. So that's all gone knickers up. We're going to have to rely on the vagaries of the postal system instead.


Speaking of the SCBWI Professional Event series, Thursday's was excellent. It was a panel of 4 authors - Steve Hartley, Ellen Renner, Jon Mayhew and Candy Gourlay - all of whom are SCBWI members and all of whom were published for the first time this year. They were talking about their journeys to publication and each had really interesting things to say. The event was doubly sweet for Candy Gourlay who found out that she's been long-listed for the Carnegie Medal and also for the Redbridge Award for her novel TALL STORY (which, if you haven't read it, is a really lovely story about a Fillipino boy with giganticism).

Congratulations also go to jabberworks (aka Sarah McIntyre) who with Giles Andreae have been longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Morris The Mankiest Monster (and he is very manky indeed).

:throws confetti:

If you're in the UK and interested in children's/YA writing then keep an eye out for the 2011 SCBWI Professional Series - you don't have to be a member to attend and there are some really good events for you to check out.

In other news, today is the last day to enter my giveaway for ARCS of BARTIMAEUS: THE RING OF SOLOMON and YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES: DEATH CLOUD so if you fancy either or both books then drop by with a comment.

I'm addicted to the current series of THE APPRENTICE. Every year the people get more and more awful and while I miss Margaret (The Apprentice's loss is Egyptology's gain), Nick's beautiful little put-downs are as fabulous as ever.

I wish that I could say the same of the revamped FILM 2010. There are bits that I do like - the fact that they've got an actual film critic on board is welcome but I can't stand the live format - they always seem as though they're rushing - and Claudia Winkelman leaves me stone cold. She always comes across as someone trying to hard to be profound and insightful and I'd rather just have a genuine reaction.

Right, I have a couple of things to do and then I'm off to the movies for the first time in months.

*If you ever come to the UK and plan on travelling around the country by train, then you can get better rates by booking tickets at least 7 days in advance on-line. As a bonus tip, start by checking prices and availability on www.thetrainline.com but then check the train operator's equivalent price on their own website (Trainline identifies the operator when you look at the price and availability) because you can usually get the same fare for a couple of pounds cheaper as they don't charge admin fees.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 7th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
To see which movie?
Nov. 8th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Due Date. It sucked. Too many masturbation jokes and sheer nastiness.
Nov. 9th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Oh ugh, I believe it. Even for RDJ, I don't want to go near that one.
Nov. 7th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
count me in for the bartimaeus books! sorry to hear that your going to miss your parents - why not bring them to the conference? and as for the prof series - it was a great evening! see you at the conference!
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