I’m back from NCTE, both exhausted and exhilarated from the four long days of conventioneering. It would have been nice to update this blog every day during the convention, perhaps including audio or video–there’s always next year—but my days were just too busy. In any case, here are a few of the convention highlights:

  • Learning a lot more about graphic novels and picking up a free copy of Scott Mcleod’s great book on comic aesthetics, Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. I couldn’t get my hands on a copy of the new graphic novel version of Macbeth (Puffin Graphic Novels), but I checked it out. Hint: it is set in outer space.
  • Meeting (oh so briefly) one of my favorite authors, Sherman Alexie, who is working on a new YA novel based on his childhood called The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie signed a special preview copy of the novel and I got to tell him about teaching The Business of Fancydancing in high school.
  • Running into Jeff Wilhelm, who was excited to learn more about Second Life
  • Participating in a great discussion on technology and civil liberties during my panel presentation with Allen Webb and Gretchen Voskuil
  • Leading the all-day ACE workshop yesterday. We had an enthusiastic audience, an ideal setting (the stately Nashville Public Library), and very informed panelists. I learned a ton more about wikis, podcasting, and yes, Second Life, courtesy of Sarah “Intelligirl” Robbins.
  • Learning more about film literacy and how to teach film at several excellent sessions.

Now, back to reality. See you soon.