LTUE through a cold-fogged lens

As those who went to LTUE can attest, it seems that I caught a bad cold either on the plane or on the moment my foot touched Utah soil, and I was a little bit out of it during the con. But even so, I had a great time, and got to catch up with a lot of old friends, meet new people, and even sit down with some writers I might work with someday. Hopefully I didn’t give them a cold while I was at it.

Normally I’d give a more complete run-down, but others might remember it more clearly than I could due to the fog of this cold, which I’m still getting over. I had the worst time remembering people’s names—I even blanked on the names of long-time friends. :( Sorry, guys! You know I really love you, but names aren’t my forte even when I’m thinking straight, and this week it was very hard to think straight.

I was able to think straight on my panels at least (though with moments of “you go ahead, I forgot what I was going to say”), and my Writing Cross-Culturally presentation was both well-attended (wow, standing room only!) and included attendees who had some great questions. For those who have come to this blog looking for the questions we discussed at the end of class, go to my SCBWI wrap-up, where I summarized those same questions. Also, if you didn’t get the handout and were looking for the links and resources I gave out in class, comment or email me with a request for it, and I can get you the Word document. Or perhaps I can just post it here, but later, once I’ve caught up on all I missed when I was out of the office.

 


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Stacy Whitman is the publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books. She specializes in fantasy, mystery, and science fiction for children and young adults.

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10 Responses to “LTUE through a cold-fogged lens”

  1. Hey, I did a pretty thorough overview of the workshops/panels I attended at LTUE, including your Writing Cross-Culturally talk. They’re on my blog, karensandler.wordpress.com

  2. Stacy says:

    Thanks, Karen! I’ll link to them on Twitter.

  3. Julie Daines says:

    There were some really great panels and classes at LTUE. I appreciated all your insight and advice–very helpful.

    Sorry you were unwell. Maybe the altitude change? I almost ran up during one of the panels when you seemed to be suffering more than usual to offer you a decongestant, but I was too shy. And you were probably already loaded on meds. Hope you’re feeling better.

    • Stacy says:

      I think it was more likely someone on the plane (or someones) being sick and spreading germs in a close space. Or someone in the airport—several friends in Utah said they’d dealt with a similar fast-moving cold virus.

  4. Audrey says:

    I’m sorry your cold was so bad, but I’m glad you were able to make it to LTUE. I really loved your cross-cultural presentation, and it was a lot of fun to hang out with you and Karen while you guys ate.

    I put up all three days of my raw LTUE notes on my website (including ones from your presentation), and I’m hoping to do a non-panel wrap up post sometime this week about all the non-panel stuff like taking Karen out to dinner and talking to you and a bunch of other people.

    Good luck conquering the cold!

  5. It was great to see you at LTUE. Thanks for introducing me to Karen Sandler and sushi! You did an awesome job on your writing Cross culturally presentation. It gave me a lot to think about while I’m writing.

  6. Stacy, I got the handout from your panel, but I didn’t stay to listen. I wanted to tell you how much the few moments in your panel made a difference for me. I chose the focus of my blog because of listening to you for a few minutes. I don’t know how I’ll be able to repay the favor one day. Your work is very important to me because you are making it possible for the multicultural community to have a voice in fiction. Thank you so much.

  7. Kate says:

    I attended your Writing Cross-Culturally presentation but didn’t receive a handout. Could you email one to me? Thanks!

    • Stacy says:

      Yep! I’m going to send a mass email with it out this weekend, I think–if I can get my computer to cooperate. I’ve been having laptop troubles at home.