The spirit of the Local Success Panel continued as local success Kim Baker accepted the crystal trophy awarded her middle-grade laugh-fest, Pickle. After her standing ovation, Kim saved our lives (possibly) with her keynote address called "This Speech Could Save Your Life!"
Facing down AV issues with humor and aplomb, Kim
Among the lifesavers she threw out, and that the audience gleefully caught (between choking on giggles): Protect your noggin. (She also mentioned that putting your truth into your work isn't necessarily autobiographical. There are fictional truths to be borrowed from your emotions.)
Shurikins were mentioned, too. So be brave (and remember, protect your noggin.)