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Liza Palmer and I spent a delightful long weekend up in Seattle with our very good friend Jane Porter last week. We were technically in town for the Emerald City Writers' Conference, but we also got the chance to have our own little Writing Retreat. Great friends, book talk, and a few days of perfect Seattle weather? Bliss.

Here are a few pictures from our trip to Snoqualmie Falls. It's just so beautiful up there!




Here are Jane, me, and Kristina McMorris, an author who I suspect you'll be hearing a great deal about once her amazing-sounding book comes out in February. We were taking part in an Author & Librarian "Speed Dating" event in Issaquah, where a bunch of authors got to talk to a whole lot of truly delightful librarians about our books. It was terrific!



We also stopped by the Writers' Cottage in Gilman Village. It couldn't be a lovelier spot--perfect for getting those pages done!




Here is a picture of one of the major highlights of the trip: meeting Natalie Shettlesworth, my truly wonderful mentee. I suspected Natalie was fantastic from the time we spent as official mentor/mentee, but meeting her confirmed it. She's awesome!



And here's a picture from our fun dinner out Saturday night, where Elizabeth Boyle made me laugh so hard my cheeks hurt. (And that's not even mentioning the truly spectacular "cheese flight" we ate, that I'm still fantasizing about.) It was a fantastic evening, all thanks to the wonderful Christina Arbini and Kelli Estes--who make me feel so very welcome every time I go to Seattle:



Also in this picture: the fabulous Tera Lynn Childs (whose book I meant to buy before being called into videotaping duty by Barbara Vey--the results of which you can see over here at Barbara's blog), as well as Dona Sarkar and Pat White who certainly seemed wonderful, but who I was prevented from talking to via table geography and noise. Next time, ladies!

And now I am home in Los Angeles, where we are having Seattle weather (which means it's rainy and cold) and I am having a moderate panic attack about the state of my upcoming book, due at the end of the month. Oh, well--there's nothing to do but jump right in!
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