What was this whole thing like? Oh man, I don't know... Amazing? Yes. Wow? All the time -- wow, wow, wow.
It is HARD to know what to write. I mean, what a weekend! I met so many people. Thank you -- every one of you -- that took the time to speak with me and tell me what the book has meant to you. I am so encouraged.
And I am... well, speechless (or better, "wordless" since I'm typing). Every time I close my eyes I see a swirl of colors and people and feel so, so grateful.
I feel a yell coming on:
I got to see people I don't usually see in person -- fun! I met all sorts of people from Random House. I met the Newbery Committee. This happened several times throughout the weekend. By sighting number three, I was giving them hugs like they were long lost cousins. They were so nice!
And I need to say this, Kate DiCamillo and Brain Floca did an amazing job speaking at The Newbery/Caldecott Banquet. Tears were shed. Thank you Kate and Brian!