Man, I am a ball of sloth. I got back from the two back-to-back conferences and I could barely string fifteen coherent words together. I think they were “feed me” and “please please let me go to sleep right now here at the restaurant.”
I know, sad.
I have this love/hate thing with conferences. I always sort of dread the whole ordeal of getting there, getting checked in. Usually, I’m so exhausted by that point, and overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people and size of the conference, I want to hide in my room. This year, I was a little under-the-weather for RWA, on top of travel fatigue, so I didn’t do as much as I had planned (and if I missed meeting you, I am bummed about that). But I did get to feeling better and did more, especially the second week. And can I just give a shout-out to my fabulous roommate? Allison kept me sane, schlepped over to Duane Read a dozen times when I ran out of diet cokes and/or snacks, and helped me handle the crowds / meeting people when I wasn’t feeling at my best. Or just feeling terminally shy. (Allison rocks, but you all knew that already.)
Since so many people have covered the conferences themselves all over the internet, and since I spent my time wandering around, when not meeting people, I am going to keep this short and sweet and post a few photos of the city. But first, I want to ask you… are you one of those people who come back refreshed? ready to tackle the world? If so, what are your secrets? Are you a travel sloth, too, worn out by travel? And if you could choose anywhere in the world to go and stay, worry-free, for two weeks, where would it be?
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As an outsider to NYC, you don’t often think of “green spaces” when you think of the city, but NYC has parks all over the place, and lots of trees planted along streets and boulevards as well. This is Bryant Park (which, if you’ve ever seen Project Runway, has been featured there a few times). Allison and I walked through this park a couple of different times.
This is Bryant Park Grill, just behind where I’m standing at the first photo; we ate here and it was really lovely.
In the foreground on the bottom left is the entrance to Grand Central, where most of the subways meet. The greenish-glassed building just beside that is the Grand Central Hyatt, where we stayed for ThrillerFest. And, obviously, a few blocks away in the background is the Empire State Building.
I kept seeing these little old buildings (center) sandwiched in between the slick glass-fronted sky-scrapers and I loved the juxtaposition–it’s almost like looking backward through time, noting the different architectural styles.
I plan to go back–the next book will be set in NYC, and I have a few ideas of which areas. I need to do a lot more research and then go back for photos. Oh, darn.
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