One of the things I love most about blogging is the social aspect – receiving comments on my posts and leaving comments on others’.  For the next three weeks, however, I will not be able to read and comment on blogs.  I am leaving on Friday for a two-week business trip to Italy.  This week, all the time I have that is not spent on preparing for the trip will be spent with my family.  Then I’ll be on the ground in Italy, and when I return, the kids will be on Spring Break, so I’ll be catching up with them, recovering from jet-lag, closing out the March 12 x 12 giveaway and launching April’s.  So please don’t be offended if I normally comment on your blogs and you don’t see me for a while.  All will return to normal in April.  I will be checking my blog, however, and will do my best to respond to comments left on my posts.

What am I doing in Italy, besides eating pasta and gelato?  First I’ll be in Florence, working on a yet-to-be-revealed project.  Then I’m off to Bologna for the O’Reilly Tools of Change in Publishing Conference and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.  Some regular features on the blog, such as Tuesday 12 x 12, will continue to run while I am gone, and I have a couple of guest posts in store too.  I might be able to blog here and there, but I can’t promise.  I will, however, post short updates, photos and snippets on my Facebook Author Page if you want to follow along there or follow me on Twitter.

I will be thinking of you while I am here...

And here...

And eating this...

And this!

Categories: 12 x 12 in 2012, Bologna Children's Book Fair, Children's Books, Digital Publishing, Florence, Italy, Picture Books, Publishing, Storybook Apps, Travel, Writing · Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,



  1. Have a wonderful time, Julie! Don’t worry about blogging or commenting — we’ll still be here when you get back, eager to hear about your experiences.

  2. I’ll second Beth – have a great time. A yet-to-be-revealed project – I love intrigue!

  3. Have a great time in Florence and Bologna. It has warmed up a bit here. The mornings and nights are still cold, but the days have been beautiful.

  4. Buon viaggio, sono un po gelosa! Divertiti! Apart from all the fabulous food, I hope all works towards furthering your writing career, Julie.

  5. So excited for you, Julie! Have a blast.

  6. I am super jealous! Go see Michaelangelo’s David for me. May your trip be safe, productive and tons of fun!

  7. Wonderful to be able to attend. Most of us won’t be able to do that in our lifetime. Take notes and can’t wait for you to share.

  8. Say hello to Francis Plumpton if you come across her. She is the head of the New Zealand Chapter of SCBWI and will be at Bologna Book Fair. She goes nearly every year and I know she is going to be promoting New Zealand books by New Zealand writers there.
    Enjoy and have a safe trip, will be interested to hear all about it.

  9. My family and I went to Bologna two years ago so I could attend the Children’s Book Fair and SCBWI Symposium. They’ve been badgering me to take them back ever since. You will have a wonderful time! Enjoy the working break!

  10. SOOO jealous!!! Have a wonderful time!

  11. My daughter took me to Florence once upon a time….loved it! Enjoy!

  12. Ditto to all of the above, except the parts where readers say they’ve already been! I have never been outside of N. America, but I hope my day is coming! All the best for a wonderful and productive trip!

  13. Sounds fabulous, can’t wait to hear your news!

  14. Julie Rowan-Zoch

    Have a wonderful time. Can’t wait to hear about your project!

  15. Have a wonderful journey. Wishing you safe travels, beautiful sights, and amazing food!

  16. So if you wanted to make me jealous, you succeeded! Have a great trip, and eat some fabulous food for me!

  17. Bon Voyage! Ti abbraccio!

  18. You say you will be thinking of us–but if in fact you are, you’re not enjoying the trip! You’re always generous with your time, but frankly that’s too generous. Be in the moment while you’re there, and think of us when you get back.

  19. Have fun on your trip! I’m jealous.

  20. Enjoy the work and the gelato. Excited for you and we’ll be here when you get back.

  21. I hope that you have a wonderful trip. I would love to go someday.

  22. Have a wonderful trip to Florence and Bologna. I am excited for you and will look forward to following your adventure.

  23. Florence is such an exquisite city–enjoy yourself!

  24. Have a wonderful time Julie!!

  25. Have a great time! Learn a lot!

  26. Have a great time, Julie! I’ve been falling behind on blogs too.

    Can’t wait to see pictures 🙂

  27. Safe travels! It sounds like a wonderful trip! Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Italy!!

  28. How exciting! You’ll be busy, but carve out time for a couple of artist days. (You were saving them for this trip, weren’t you?) Happy travels.

  29. Thank you for all of your well-wishes everyone! I am so looking forward to the trip and it’s great to have your encouragement.

  30. Have a safe and smooth flight…and the best of times in Italy!
    We will welcome you back when you return…until then, just enjoy!

  31. And I will be just blogging away–and wishing I was there! 🙂

  32. Wow, am I ever envious! It’s been quite a few years since I lived in Italy and I miss it terribly. Have a wonderful time! Looking forward to your return. 🙂

  33. Safe journeys and I hope you have an amazing, spectacular time!

  34. You are so hilarious! I love the pictures and especially your captions.

    HAVE FUN! Ohmygosh, what an exciting trip for you! I can’t wait to read your gratitude posts after you return. They might be in Italian, but who cares! You’re going to Italy!!

    Okay, I’m done with the exclamations and caps lock. Enjoy, eat, drink, enjoy some more. We’ll miss you! (just one more for the road!!) okay, two.

  35. Jarm Del Boccio

    Have a splendid time, Julie. Of course, I’m jealous, along with everyone else! May your journey be successful, safe, and satisfying. Looking forward to hearing about your secret mission in Florence when you return…

  36. I hope you have a wonderful trip. Looking forward to hearing about it!

  37. kathleen cornell berman

    You’re going to have a wonderful time. Florence is such a magical place. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Have a safe trip.

  38. Have a fantastic trip you lucky thing! Thanks for all your comments on my blog recently too. x

  39. Wish I was going too! 🙂 Have a GREAT time, and we will look forward to hearing all about it – especially you’re as yet to be revealed secret project 🙂

  40. Sounds exciting! I can’t wait to hear about your project in Florence. Have a great trip!

  41. Have a great time Julie!! Can’t wait to read about it 🙂

  42. I’m chiming in late – ENJOY! I loved Italy when I went in 2008.

  43. Have a great time Julie! Bring back some of that delicious pasta to cure our drooling jealousy-or just share with us what you learn at the conference.

  44. Safe travels, Julie. Have a wonderful time. 🙂

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