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Since courtneywrites was so cool (as I predicted she would be) I invited her to join debbieduncan and I for the Fall notyourmothers Bonanza in San Francisco. A certainly memorable for night for many reasons, one being I was driving my new hybrid Highlander (which Twitter named The Seamobile). I don't normally drive on our S.F. adventures because me and freeways and traffic and one-way streets don't normally mix well. But I was up for it!*

Armed with Sea gifties (bookmarks! magnets! Blue & orange envelopes with sea turtle stamps and popsicle stickers--yes, someone had fun at the stationary store--) we headed into the city.

I mean, we headed to the freeway ENTRANCE which was stopped.

Instead of racing toward S.F. as I imagined, we inched toward S.F.--which was fine due to excellent company. Courtney and Debbie both write for Middle Readers so they talked agents and story etc. while we listened to the Glee soundtrack Debbie made us for the road trip (awesome!)

We got to the event right on time (So Much Traffic) and Courtney introduced me to Barry Lyga (Boy Toy) who she knows from New York. I said hello to literaticat and Mary and Alicia and Martha and Sarah Quigley and Cheryl Herdman. Met Daisy Whitney (fellow Tenner) among others (so many people!) and lkmadigan whom I've wanted to meet since our days in the Debs together. Lisa was on the panel with sarazarr , Barry Lyga, Allan Zadoff and Andrew Smith.

Everyone read. Barry's was an excerpt from Goth Girl Rising (which I bought) that was from a POV of a teenage girl complaining about her boobs. Or rather the fact that boys are always staring at him. He was charming and funny and reminds me of Jack Nicolson from Witches of Eastwick. (Yes, the devil.) But in the best possible way!

Sara Zarr was terrific. She read from her new novel Once Was Lost (which I also bought.)
L.K. Madigan read from her fabulous book (of which I'm halfway through-so of course ALSO bought) Flash Burnout. AND from her upcoming Mermaid novel! Generously, she asked all the authors in the audience to please stand. So a bunch of us did. It was such a sweet, special moment. Have I said how much I adore the YA community?

Funfest 2009 continued with Allen Zadoff reading from his hilarious novel Food, Girls and Other Things I Can't Have. The room was laughing so hard. I'll never look at a boy in gym shorts the same way again (not that I look at a lot of boys in gym shorts, but I digress...)

Afterwards I was lucky enough to join the author panel for dinner.
We went to Opera Cafe and I ordered a giant cheeseburger. We had skipped eating (Traffic!) and I was mighty hungry. At dinner, I got to chat with Allen (whose second book is about theatre!) and Lisa (who I love, see above) about life and writing and most importantly how she is following up her debut contemporary novel with a fantasy--which is exactly what I'm planning following SEA with JADE.

Her fantasy also involves surfing and takes place in a beach town like Half Moon Bay.

I gave everyone their gifties and everyone liked the shiny bookmarks. Jenn especially liked the turtle stamp. :)
As usual, she pulled off a fantastic event.

After dinner the fact that Seamobile has an Optional Third Row seat was announced. And everyone is piling into my car.* (Apparently they hadn't gotten the memo about me and one-way streets.)

Barry and Mary pile into the back seat, which is a TIGHT SQUEEZE. Barry's looking like, "Seriously?" and I'm like, "OH YEAH." Everyone is cracking up. Allen and Courtney sandwich between the car seats--Debbie (wisely) calls shot gun as she's The Navigator. And off we go.

Like this. Only blue.
Barry looks so uncomfortable in the rearview mirror. Mary is making many a colorful comment.
I threaten to turn on the Glee soundtrack if they don't behave. On full blast.
They behave.

We cruise through interesting neighborhoods and Allen comments that he is glad he is not walking. Yeah.
Then we see a group of Marines in full uniform with scantily dressed girls under a brightly lit marquee. I comment that it looks like a poster. Someone comments that I should get out more.

Flipping on the hazards and pulling over NYC style (I used to drive in NY, I have mad moves) Allen dives out.
Getting Mary & Barry out proves trickier.

I nearly cruise down a one-way street going the wrong way (of course) and onto the trolley (train? bus?) tracks until Debbie the Navigator corrects me. We pull over (again) flip on the hazards, and Courtney, petite, adorable Courtney, has to jump into traffic and manipulate the Optional Third Row (which is not easy under the best conditions) and Barry/Mary dive out (well, more like stumble as there is VERY little room.)

We bid them farewell and we're off. Ending a perfectly lovely evening in style.
Clown Car style.

Authors Allen Zadoff, L.K. Madigan, Sara Zarr, Barry Lyga and Andrew Smith listening to a question. (I know it's a bad picture. It's all I got!)


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Nov. 17th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
only Mary would consider the Glee soundtrack punishment. must find a way to convert her!
Nov. 17th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
I'd say you have about as much chance of that as convincing J to go to the Glittery double-feature on Thursday. :)
Nov. 17th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
I was thinking how great you were with Photoshop until I realized one of the clowns had more than a passing resemblance to Rudy Guiliani and another to Mike Huckabee...Duh!! #SarahFail Well, it is pre-coffee.

Sounds like so much fun. I've only met Barry out of that crowd and I'm a huge fan of his. Wish I could have been there, although it sounds like the Clown Car was filled to capacity!
Nov. 17th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
hehe--nah, that was just a google image. :) Glad you liked it though!
Yeah, Barry is v. cool--the rest of the gang was awesome too. Allen was so funny and sweet.

If you're ever in town, I'll definitely make room for you in the Clown Car!
Nov. 17th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds fun!

I hope you enjoy Once Was Lost. I really liked it!
Nov. 17th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
That's good to hear. Sara hasn't had any wrong turns yet in my opinion. She's a brilliant writer.
It's on the pile. :)
Nov. 17th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Great recap, Heidi! I'm so glad you braved the SF traffic for us.

And your adventures continued even after dinner ...!
Nov. 17th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
It was pretty funny. :)
Just think, if you didn't have your car, we could have dropped you off in Half Moon Bay. Or not.

PS. I just finished the Christmas at Grandparents scene in Flash Burnout. The grandpa made me laugh so hard I woke up the baby.

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Nov. 17th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Well, you will be in luck because Someone Sent Something Across the Great Blue Sea especially for you.


And don't be jealous--just plan on getting there one day. You're always welcome in the Seamobile.
Nov. 17th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Sea stationery! Nom nom nom.

This sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to meet more LJ friends. Someday, I hope!
Nov. 17th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
It's so fun!!
I'll send you bookmarks if you send me your address--did you already?
Nov. 19th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Great SF Story!
Hi, Heidi,
I was at the fall bash as well and agree with your recent post - I couldn't put down Madigan's 'Flash Burnout.'


Barbara Bell
P.S. Your photo's great - it's hard to photo panelists...everyone is listening so attentively!
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