I know it's not my turn to blog, but it's a stormy Saturday afternoon - a rare one in Southern California - and I'm in the mood to write. Thanks for letting me! This summer's highlight for me was a trip to Switzerland, Germany and France with my husband. We reconnected with my cousins, "The Swiss Family Rabils," and saw beautiful castles, cathedrals, cobblestone streets, and flowers in every color and size. I've included way too many photos from our trip, but it was so hard to choose! I also attended the L.A. SCBWI conference and had a chance to meet my editor at Chronicle, Melissa Manlove. She's lovely inside and out. My agent was there and she hosted a party for her clients. It was great to sit down for a couple of hours with fellow writers. The conference was over the top wonderful, as expected! I got some writing done in the middle of all this and am teaching an on-line writing course. In a couple of weeks it will be back to Cal State to teach Children's Literature and Expository Writing, as well as some Senior Seminar courses.