I’m finally back from my week-long trip back to NYC, and I loved every minute of it! The first morning I went for a walk-slash-run in Central Park, and just about keeled over…. not from the exercise (which I badly needed) but from the gorgeous weather. Turns out it had magically changed from rainy and dreary to cloudless and balmy, overnight. And it stayed like that, the ENTIRE TIME. People were practically dancing in the streets. The city never looked more beautiful. I have to admit, I had to ask myself a few times: Um, why did I leave here again??
But the best part of the day was later that afternoon, when I went out to Merrick, Long Island to speak at the Merrick Library and kick off their summer Beach Bag Book Club author series. Jen Calonita, the author of the wonderful Secrets of My Hollywood Life series, as well as Reality Check and Sleepaway Camp, hosts the Book Club every summer, which meets four times a season and features a different young-adult author. (Jen also leads a writing workshop for teens done through the library, each school semester – um, can we say superhero?) Anyway, I rushed into the room, flustered at being late, and my mouth dropped open: they’d decorated an enormous cake with the cover of The Daughters Take the Stage!
It was absolutely delicious, too. And I still have no idea how they did that!
After speaking I signed books and met some great teen readers, like these girls here:
And of course I had a great time talking with Jen, and hearing about her new series, BELLES, which will be coming out next year and sounds so juicy and fun! Thanks for having me, Jen!
And then the next day it was time for the BEA – the Book Expo of America. I’d never been, and I was picturing this crazy crowded scene with publishers hawking galleys and people doing urgent deals in every corner… turns out it was extremely civilized, and carpeted! Who knew? I sat down at one in a line of tables and signed, signed, signed! It was only afterwards that I realized I matched my book cover:
With work stuff over on Friday, I got to spend the rest of the trip catching up with friends, spending good quality time with my parents, and doing some work on a new idea. And yes, I saw the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met. May I say… wow. From the first dress on display – made of red medical slides and ostrich feathers – to one of the last – a dress entirely embroidered with real (!) flowers – the show was stunning. McQueen was a true genius. Please, if you visit New York this summer, run don’t walk over to the third floor of the Met. You will NOT be disappointed.
Meanwhile, Edie was back at home with the dogsitter, making lots of new friends, or at least, other dogs that tolerated her:
Now we’re settling in, and trying to adjust to reality once again. I guess all good things must come to an end. But I definitely plan to be back. Soon. You can take the girl out of New York, but you can’t….. Well, you know how that ends, right?
Take care everyone and have a great weekend!