Back from London

Last week I spent some days in London to attend the launch of Melinda’s last book in her Sin Eater’s trilogy. I also squeezed in a play – Hamlet, played by Andrew Scott ( ❤ ). And it’s been great – as always London did not disappoint!

But there had been some hick-ups beforehand. I had planned a 3 day/2 night stay in London in an AirBnB where five of us would stay and than the host did not answer to any of my attempts to contact her. The listing had disappeared. Negative reviews came in … and with less than a week to the trip and other people depending on the same AirBnB I got nervous pretty fast. As the host did not react, I called AirBnB and thankfully, the hotline guy was ever so helpful and promised to look into the matter. It took another two days for them to establish what they could not reach the host either. Nothing else to do but to cancel and rebook.

I need to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I got several suggestions for other flats from AirBnB’s team, the refund of the already payed flat went smoothly and I was able to get a very suitable replacement by simply switching the booking. Well done, AirBnB. With hopefully everything settled I flew over on Tuesday and yes – indeed all worked out fine.

The apartment was perfect. Andrew Scott’s performance was stunning and Mel’s book launch in the Crypt was a highlight all by itself.

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Another SCBWI day

Another successful SCBWI meet-up in Stuttgart!

The most amazing thing happened – we got more writers at the first SCBWI meeting than ever before. While it’s been Catherine, Linda and me for most of 2016, last Saturday we were 10 writers and illustrators at the meeting. TEN! And even better, some of the new people are non-native english speakers, too, and are writing a YA novel.

The whole day was near perfect. I got the first possible train to Stuttgart and was at the library ahead of time. Usually, it’s not that big a deal to get a table with three chairs as it’s been just the three of us for the past year, but since so many newcomers had announced to show up, it was a good idea in terms of reserving space for everyone. While signing up on Facebook for an event and actually showing up are, as we all will agree, two different things, this time actually everyone showed up! Needless to say, the day was a productive and inspiring one.

After shard lunch some of us headed back to the library again to work some more or read the works of others. When everyone but Linda had left, we spent some time discussing a MG idea she’s been developing. It’s intriguing and I hope to read the manuscript one day.

Furthermore, I think I am getting ready to send out the first chapter of my WIP to the ladies and see what they think about it.