Yesterday was kinda crazy. I had to get up at 5.30am — a time of day I rarely see, and usually from the other direction — to drive to Lambertville, New Jersey for LitCon! This was the brainchild of Maureen Smyth, the librarian at South Hunterdon Regional High School — basically a literary conference for the high school kids. There were a mess of writers and people in writing-related fields giving talks on various things, plus a keynote by kids’ book author Matt de la Peña.
There were four sessions, and guests could pick whatever they wanted to talk about. Unfortunately, because this was a Thursday and because I had to get back into Manhattan to teach my afterschool karate class, and Lambertville is two hours away. I could only do the morning sessions (and also see de la Peña’s speech and get the free lunch), so I just did my usual talk on career management. (As I said to one fellow guest, this is stuff I wish someone had told my aspiring-writer self when I was a teenager…..)
After lunch (during which I got to chat with several of the other guests, which was very groovy), I hied myself New York-ward, getting back in plenty of time to teach my class. Then I went home and took a nap before dinner, and then I had to sit down and
suffer through watch the 1990 Captain America and the 1994 Fantastic Four for “4-Color to 35-Millimeter,” which were as bad as I remembered, but not as difficult to watch as I’d feared. Honestly, watching Howard the Duck a week ago was a much more soul-destroying experience — CA and FF were just laughably bad.
However, I’ve spent the last 30 hours running around like crazy and not getting enough sleep, and I have to teach the kids fighting class tonight, so I’m thinking there’s a very long nap in my immediate future………..