Wednesday, May 11, 2011

san fran!

I was in San Francisco! It was an extremely brief trip! I went mainly for personal reasons, but I was able to mix a lot of fun and a bit of work too. It was rather inspiring to see the things on the left coast--like the buildings,
I love the colors of some of their houses!

And a baby! I met my friend Anna's new daughter.
Isn't she adorable? I gave her the Tiger onesie...she's kind bursting out of it, though!

I also got to visit the Chronicle Books office. They are the publishers the books I illustrated a while back-- Round is a Mooncake, Red is a Dragon, and One is a Drummer. They do such beautiful books! I hope someday to work with them again.

Anna at the Chronicle Books reception area, which is also a bookstore.

Editor Melissa Manlove & me. Before this, she had only been a name in e-mail--such fun meeting her!

And I also did a little research for future books. Anna, her little family and I went to Chinatown and I saw the fortune cookie factory I've been meaning to see for a long time:

It was so small! I felt awkward poking around but it did reinvigorate a novel idea I had many years a new seed is sprouting!

Of course, I can't work on that idea until after "Return to Sky" and my other projects are finished; but considering how long I think before I write (usually 3 years) this is a good thing.

And we also went into a Chinese tea shop, which had hundreds of kinds of tea. It reminded me of the tea shop I went to in China, but this was better because I could read all the signs.

Including the one that priced one tea at $800. a pound!!!

They let us try little samples, too. This is me trying the $800 tea:
It was good...but I don't know if it was worth $800. I left with a $12 canister of lychee tea, instead.

But the whole thing was fun and very helpful because I *think* the main character of "Return to Sky" may work in a tea house.

It was a great visit to San Fran! Hope to go again soon!


Jillian said...

Wow! I love the colors of the house, too. And $800 tea?!?! That's crazy! It's gotta be MAJORLY good for it to be worth that much. Is it $800 a *canister*?

Anna Alter said...

It was so nice to have you! Ha yes Tilda is bursting out of nearly all her clothes :)

Jillian said...

I thought I commented on this yesterday...oh well, I think my Blogspot was messed up :)
The house is so pretty! But tea at $800 a pound? That's crazy! Did it cost anything to try a sample? It would be like $50 for a little Dixie cup sample of the stuff!!

Grace Lin said...

They let us try the $800 tea for free, probably hoping we would love it so much we'd splurge. It was good...but not THAT good!

Jillian said...

You would have to savor it really carefully and enjoy every drop. Make sure you scrape the can clean and drain every cup.