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February 23, 2011 / Chersti Nieveen

red scarves are instant popularity

So apparently red scarves create instant popularity. At least, it does if you wear it to LTUE like Brodi and Elana Johnson (apparently I missed that memo, because my scarf was brown. Note to self: buy a red scarf and wear it to the next writing conference. Unless the color for that conference is purple or yellow…).

But doesn’t Brodi just look fabulous in her red scarf? And even though I am smiling, I am secretly envious of that red scarf and planning to snatch it away so I can sell it on e-bay for thousands of dollars after her book comes out and she’s super famous (since she’s only somewhat famous now. I mean, I know her). And I am so excited for her book EVERNEATH to come out next year. Here’s a short description, so you can get excited, too!

EVERNEATH  is partially based on the Greek myth of Persephone: a 17-year-old who’s been banished to the underworld escapes to her former earthly existence with her family and boyfriend. The catch is that she only has six months in the real world before being sent back to Hades, this time forever.

Me and Brodi Ashton and James Dashner

See, even James is excited about Brodi’s book coming out next year — can’t you just see that smile? I think he’s secretly planning on stealing Brodi’s scarf, too. But I know I’ll get it first! Oh . . . and if you haven’t checked out Brodi’s blog, be sure to do so now! It’s absolutely hilarious.

So what has you excited these days? Besides red scarves, of course.

ps. It was so awesome to see all my writer friends at the conference! *big wave in case I missed you somehow*



  1. Jenilyn Tolley / Feb 23 2011 8:44 am

    I swear I followed you around for most of the conference. How did I miss this incident? I always miss pictures with cool people. Oh, and don’t feel bad–my scarf was the wrong color too.

  2. Chersti Nieveen / Feb 23 2011 9:08 am

    I think it was right after you left, and sadly this was the ONLY picture I remembered to take. *Sigh* But we should go on a shopping trip and find ourselves some shiny new red scarves!

  3. Kelly Bryson / Feb 23 2011 9:37 am

    Thanking about moving to Utah…the cheap, really cool conferences never come to SC:( lol Now I feel like a Debbie Downer.
    I’ve enjoyed these LTUE posts, though. It sounds like you had a great time.

  4. Chersti Nieveen / Feb 23 2011 9:48 am

    Kelly, you don’t have to move out to Utah! Just fly out for a conference 🙂 There’s a great one this summer that’s fabulous called Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. It’s a week long and less than $500 — I’ve seen conferences like this that are thousands of dollars, so it’s a great deal! Check it out:

  5. gaylene / Feb 23 2011 10:22 am

    Pick up a red scarf for me while you’re at the mall 🙂
    I want to be popular, too!

  6. Brodi Ashton / Feb 23 2011 1:18 pm

    Wow. I had no idea my red scarf had such an impact! I’ll have to wear it more often! Thanks for the plug about my book and everything. I really hope you like it!

    So good to see you. Hopefully we can catch up again at the next conference.

    • Chersti Nieveen / Feb 28 2011 11:01 am

      No problem, Brodi – I am so excited to read the end of your book. Though I still think you should email your first chapter to Jeni every week, just as a teaser!

  7. Maria / Nov 1 2011 12:30 pm

    Hi Chersti, I haven’t been to the conference you are talking about in your post but totally agree with an idea that red scarf is a great accessory, fashionable in all times. Recently came across this article and went to the mall to buy one right away 🙂

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