3 S.R. Johannes: Elana Johnson on LA (Guest post)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Elana Johnson on LA (Guest post)

Elana Johnson has stopped by to give some tips on what you can do if you are not going to LA!

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Since I’m not in LA at the frawesome SCBWI smashdown (next year, I swear…next year), I just know I’m going to miss out on all kinds of fabulousness.

Yeah, I know I’ll be able to get some great information from people like Shelli, who are going to the conference, but it just won’t be the same reading about it after the fact. Le sigh.

So what’s a girl to do so she doesn’t gouge her eyes out in a fit of SCBWI-induced jealousy?

1. Write. Okay, this is lamesauce, but hey, it’ll pass the time.

2. Critique. This could be worse than #1, but at least I’ll feel productive.

3. Read. Again, this doesn’t compare to being at a live conference with ultra-sweet agents and editors and writerly peeps, but there’s nothing like losing yourself in a story.

4. Go to the pool. Hey, we’re all living under the same sun. Maybe I’ll text my friends and tell them to go to the hotel pool and we can pretend we’re all there together…

5. Mope. Let’s face it, this is probably what I’ll do.

Because SCBWI-LA is the place to be this week. But hey, if you’re not going, feel free to stand outside in the sun with your mopey face on. I’m sure I’ll feel your vibes. *wink*

Let Elana know if you have any other ideas? :)

22 comments:

Tere Kirkland said...

Compulsively stalk the tweets of those who are there? ;)

I'll be writing and critting, and looking forward to the blog posts when people return.

Christina Lee said...

I am actually going to NYC this weekend (the opposite of everyone else-go figure). But still, woo hoo me ;--)

Solvang Sherrie said...

Wouldn't it be cool if we could just Skype you all the sessions while you lounged by the pool? :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm going to Chicago for a family reunion to celebrate my mom's 80th birthday.

I think we can all realize that there are a lot of us who can't go for whatever reason. Hopefully it'll help to avoid some of the moping.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I will not be there either, Elana, but I will be happy to join you in the sun with my mopey face on!! Ready, set, MOPE!! :-)

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Hmm, how about lets pretend we are on vacation in Hawaii!

Matthew Rush said...

OMG I thought this was going to be like an epic post full of sage advice. WTF ladies?

Oh well, at least it was fun as hell to read!

Kristi Helvig said...

I love this, Elana. I'll be at the pool and drinking chocolate milkshakes this week, so I'm actually pretty content with where I am!

Jemi Fraser said...

Love it :) I think we can add pouting to the list.

Julie Hedlund said...

I'll be on vacation, so that will help the moping factor.

Hardygirl said...

Next year . . . oh yeah!!!!

sf

Carolyn V. said...

I wish I was going to SCBWI. But I will be at the writeoncon! =)

Paul Greci said...

I hope to go next year, too!!

Elana Johnson said...

Matt, I deserve an off-day, don't I? And Paul, we'll have to meet up next year!

Sherrie, can we set up that Skype thing? Cuz that would be awesome!!

And yes, I'm planning on obsessively checking twitter...see you there Tere!

蕭v柯凡豐珈火 said...

「仁慈」二個字,就能讓冬天三個月都溫暖。..................................................

張志亦劉美玲 said...

不會從失敗中找尋教訓的人,成功之路是遙遠的。.................................................

Lisa and Laura said...

Yeah, we're totally moping. Boo hoo. But, I like the way next year is shaping up. WE WILL GO TO LA COME HELL OR HIGH WATER. That is all.

Kelly said...

Meet me at the pool, Elana.
I'll bring the bacon.
I soooo want to go to this conference one day!!!
Have fun, Shelli!

lisanowak said...

I won't be going either. Considered it, decided not to, regretted it, and here I am. Maybe next year.

Julie Musil said...

Elana, I thought I was the only one moping this weekend! Nice to have kindred spirits out there who understand the disappointment.

My blog post for tomorrow is on the same subject...sigh.

I will get out to the pool under the same sun, and I'll mope with ya!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

*waves 'hi' from LA" :D

Elana Johnson said...

Stina -- you're evil!

And I stared at the sun today. Thought of all of us under the same sky... It was sort of nice.