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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Highlights of Spring Break

Highlights of Spring Break

I’m scheduling this post in advance, but I don’t need psychic powers to know that going back to work is a real let-down today after my family’s vacation in California. I could use another week’s worth of vacation to get over the first week!

I’ll be blogging about some of my experiences in more detail later, but here are the highlights:

1) Meeting producer Amy Green for dinner somewhere between Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We discussed the current status of my screenplay (under review by filmmakers) and Amy shared stories of life as a Hollywood producer. Plus, Amy gave my daughter Gabbey an assignment that only a YA reader could do.

2) Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood Wax Museum. My girls enjoyed this way more than I expected! Plus, I got to give Steven Spielberg my card.

3) A VIP Behind-the-Scenes tour of Universal Studios. While most of the tourists drove past the sets on giant tram cars, we walked through them! We explored the prop warehouse, and even got to visit the sound stage where the TV show Parenthood is currently being filmed.

4) Catalina Island – Just all of it! Here’s the view we had when we drove our golf cart to one of the island’s two gas stations.

5) A zipline adventure on Catalina Island. Check out this 40 second video of a young man throwing my daughter Gina off a platform 300+ feet above the ground. Not only did I stand there and let him do it – I paid him to do it!

10 Responses to Highlights of Spring Break

  1. Sarah says:

    That dude’s bison commentary as he casually zips her along the line is kind of hilarious. Your vacation sounds awesome! Looking forward to reading more about it!

  2. kellyhashway says:

    Meeting with a producer for your screenplay–can I just take a moment to say WOW! That is so freakin’ cool! I’m very jealous.

    Looks like you had a great spring break!

  3. Jen Daiker says:

    How neat!!! Wow I’m in awe of all the awesome here!! So cool about the screenplay!! I bet your over the moon right now!

    Fabulous vacation. Looks like I’ll be living through you for awhile.

  4. Haha, I love that you gave him your card. You are awesome. I went to the Madame Tussauds in London and Las Vegas, but not Hollywood, surprisingly, since I’m from CA and have been there the most.

    So jealous that you were in Catalina! That was my family’s go-to vacation spot for awhile. Now that I’m in Texas, I MISS it!

    Fun vacation! Glad you had a wonderful time!

  5. Donna Weaver says:

    Love those pictures! Isn’t Catalina delightful? I’ve got a picture of my hubby feeding the birds–and they landed on his hand to take the food.

  6. Linda G. says:

    How cool that you got to give Spielberg your card! And that video make my stomach clench — eek! Tell Gina she is WAY braver than I am.

  7. MADE OF AWESOME SAUCE!!!!!!!! What was the assignment she gave?!?!?

  8. Wow, this sounds like an awesome vacation. My 8 yo would have loved it. 😀

  9. Katie Mills says:

    ugh, sounds like SUCH a great time! I love the pics! Keep ’em comin!

  10. Renae says:

    Sounds like a fantastic vacation! Thanks for sharing the pics!