The Big Apple

NYCI just got back from Romance Writers of America’s National Conference in New York City.  Okay, it’s so good to be home.  I missed my hubby, my dog, my house, my bed and my pillow.  But I had a blast!  New York has an energy, a vibe, to it that I love.


The streets, especially in Time’s Square, are packed with people.  The street venders are cooking everything from hot dogs to grilled corn.  Varrious scents fill the air as you walk by.  Buskers sit on street corners playing music.  Spider man and Mickey Mouse walk by with the crowds—everyone is hurrying to be somewhere.

Yellow cabs, one right behind the other, fill the streets, dodging the guys speeding by on bicycles.  Their horns blast and blend with the distant sound sirens.



I caught myself looking up at the sky scrapers looming above.








I ate Korean, Italian, and Cuban food.  I had pastries.  I drank red wine and mojitos.  Yum!






I saw fabulous shows on Broadway, and stayed up way past midnight too many days in a row. I watched other writers getting much deserved awards at RWA’s Awards Ceremony.  I got to visit and meet with my fans.












But the best part about going to New York was seeing my writer buddies.  Reconnecting with old friends, making new friends.  Laughing and sharing.  Talking about the hurdles of this business.  Oh, and the hugging, of course!

We writers are such a crazy bunch that just being in room with all the creative energy is invigorating.  It’s like finding family that you didn’t know you had.





Today, I’m back in my office, living on the creative energy of New York and all those writers that I soaked up from my six days of being a city girl.

773So here’s to New York, to writer friends, wine, mojitos, and to memories that I gathered this last week.






Have you ever been to New York City? What was your favorite thing about the Big Apple?



4 thoughts on “The Big Apple

  1. I’m glad you had a good time and bummed that I missed it. The one thing I loved about New York was the shopping!


  2. So nice seeing you last week. Sorry we couldn’t spend more time together. Great week, but glad to be home.

  3. I lived vicariously last week, scrolling through Facebook, looking at fellow authors as they embraced the city, and gawked at the city itself. There’s a lot to be said for living vicariously, if you can’t be there, at least you get to go *in spirit* 🙂
    And yes, I’ve been to New York and fell deeply, madly, truly. The energy is so high it’s like breathing heavy duty octane, a writers high dose of adrenaline 🙂
    What was my favorite thing, when I visited? Touching the statue of liberty…I was living in Australia when New York was attacked, and my heart broke as I wondered if she would be the next target. I’d always wanted to go to New York and so when I finally made it, touching her made it all seem so real.
    Second best thing? Staying at the Waldorf and being upgraded to the penthouse because of a snafu. It was the stuff dreams are made of 🙂
    So, I really loved watching all the writers wind their way through that great city’s streets and favorite places, and envied every ounce of energy they were inhaling, and sniffed second-grade octane from the page 🙂
    Thank y’all for sharing all of the experiences, I had a fabulous time! 🙂

  4. I went with my daughter. The high school band was marching in a parade. I think i enjoyed the shows the most. We saw Blue man group and Mama Mia!

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