We are on a countdown here, people. Seven days until SCBWI in LA. For the last year, I’ve made numerous friends in the online world through Twitter and the AW forums. Sometimes I feel like my entire life is happening online. I’ve had way too many awkward moments when I was telling a co-worker/sister/IRL friend “Well, Kate said this…” and then “Dawn said this…” after which my co-worker/sister/IRL friend says “Who are these people you’re talking about?” And then I hang my head in shame because I feel like I’m a ten-year-old who’s just admitted to having imaginary friends. Or being a closet World of Warcraft/Dungeons & Dragons player. Completely geektastic.

But all of that is changing. I’ve met Dawn in person, thank you. And we had drinks with Kirsten. And now, on Thursday, July 29, there are 20+ of us meeting at the SCBWI National Conference.

And I pray that the awkward greetings pass quickly. That the people I’ve had deep and meaningful conversations (frequently about RPatz’s sparkly manchest or my mad Photoshop skills), when confronted by my utter silliness and snarky idea of humor,  will like me just as much in person. Kate and I have joked about this a number of times, but I’m not sure if she knows I’m 89.9% serious. It’s so much easier to be myself online. In person, I can be kind of like a cat – quick to love you if we hit it off and standoffish if I think you might step on my tail. Which is an odd comparison because I think cats are evil and frequently share how they will eat you if you die alone. True story.

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Proof cats are EVIL

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