To see so many kids and parents and teachers excited about reading. Talking about books, buying books, reading books, standing in line to have authors sign their books...
Well...it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
And may I just say: children's writers are pretty much the nicest people on the planet. No egos. No Prima Donnas. No rolling eyes when they hear that you want to be a writer too (hear that Hollywood people? Maybe you should give it a try...). Just enthusiasm and encouragement and overall friendliness.
They sign the books with comments like, "Can't wait to see you on the Best Seller list" and "Keep Writing!" They give you good advice. They tell you they hope you make it--and mean it. And sometimes they even offer to help (in fact, one of the writers I met today gave me his email address and said I should try writing one of his webisodes and if he likes it he'll put it on his site. Now if only I had a good idea for a webisode...)
All of which just reaffirms what I already knew: I so want to be one of them.
Yes, they have to do readings and presentations (and I'll admit, watching them today made me more than a little nervous about my presentation skills...especially when it comes to entertaining a group of hyper kids). And no it wasn't glamorous or "cool." But this is exactly where I belong.
I belong around people who love books and reading as much as I do. I belong around people who are nice and supportive of each other and cheer each other on. And I really hope that someday there'll be kids who care enough about my book to stand in line and have me sign it. Not because I want to make a lot of money at it (since, let's face it, other than J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer this isn't exactly a big bucks industry). But because it's what I love to do.
So even though I bought several new books today that I'm totally desperate to read, I'm going to write. One word at a time. One page at a time. Until I finally have something good enough to take me where I want to go.