In a few days I’m headed to New York! The above image is one of the pieces I’m planning to put in my portfolio, which I’m showing next Friday night at the SCBWI conference.

Before that, though, Lynn Whipple and I are holding a “Spark Get-Together” in NYC on Tuesday, February 3rd from 5-8… this is a gathering for anyone in the “Spark!” class (or anyone who is interested in being in the class!). Details forthcoming (but mark your calendars!)

Which brings me to men’s boots.

Lynn is a very cute dresser. Plus, it snowed in NYC yesterday. So I added 2 + 2 and thought it would be a good idea to wear shoes other than my neon yellow tennis shoes or my “dress” flats, which have holes in both soles.

So I went boot shopping!

I’m now the owner of some black men’s boots.*

They’re cute!

I wore them today to break them in, and felt quite stylish in my black boots, jeans, and t-shirt.

I went into a frame shop and got into a nice conversation with the store attendant and noted on my way home that I really did like “dressing up.”

I was feeling pretty good about myself until I got home and looked in the mirror: my shirt was on inside-out.

* I had to buy men’s boots because they didn’t have my size in the women’s and I would have had to order them and they wouldn’t get here in time; also, I’m as tall as —and weigh more than — most men, so I just went with it. 😀