For the last five days, I was three hours behind my Greenwillow cohorts in green, beautiful Portland, Oregon. Over the weekend, I participated in the SCBWI-Oregon chapter’s spring conference (Hi, new SCBWI friends!). But for a couple days before that, I visited with former Greenwillow designer-turned-author/artist, Vicki Jamieson and her husband (Hi, Vicki & Herm!).
Because Vicki has her priorities straight, the first thing we did was go for milkshakes. Where I just happened to sit on a stool that JFK also once sat on. How do I know this? Well…
And then we went to Klickitat Street, where Ramona Quimby lived in Beverly Cleary’s novels. Vicki’s husband called us nerds for being excited about this, but he stayed in the car reading a comic book. You decide who the bigger nerd is.
Then we went to see the Ramona statue in Grant Park.
The next day, we stopped by the Portland Library, where they have this Beverly Cleary ala Han Solo-in-carbonite plaque/bust/statue(?).
And, of course, I had to visit the famed Powell’s City of Books. It lives up to the hype!
And then it was time to leave Vicki and begin the conference, where I taught a YA workshop with Emily Whitman, author of Radiant Darkness and Wildwing. Emily and I had a great time together at the conference, so hopefully the writers in our workshops did, too!
Vicki wanted to take me to the gorge and on a scenic drive to see some of the places the Twilight movie was filmed, and Emily told me about more tasty places to eat that I didn’t have time for. So I guess I’ll have to go back soon!