I'll be back on the blog next week to tell you all about New York and the SCBWI conference, but today I just wanted to gush a little bit about how I got to meet some wonderful writer friends in person:
|I look a bit crazy in this photo. I blame it on dry eye and staring directly into a lamp.|
(From left: Jess, Me, Rebecca, and Ghenet)
Jess Silverstein: Jess and I have been following each other's blogs for some time now. At some point, I worked up the courage to ask her to beta read my YA sci-fi Watch of Night, and was that ever a great decision. Between hers, my CP Elodie's, and my sister Erin's thoughtful comments and suggestions, I feel like my story is a million times better than it would be without their help. Needless to say it was wonderful to finally meet Jess in person. If you're not following Jess, you totally should!
Jess' blog→ Reading on the F Train
Carli (Isabel) Bandeira: Carli's not in this photo, but I was fortunate enough to bump into her quite a few times at the conference. I actually spotted her sitting several rows ahead of me in one of our breakout sessions. All weekend we didn't seem to have much time to talk until the signing party on the very last day. It was worth the wait! Carli is every bit as awesome in person as she is on the blogs and Twitter. (And she's also the person I speak to the most on Twitter. ☺)
Carli's blog→ Isabel Bandeira
Ghenet Myrthil: I met Ghenet on the blogs some months back, and I find her posts to be thoughtful and positive. And she's easily one of the sweetest people I've met since becoming active in social media. When Jess and I met up with Ghenet in the hotel lobby it was just so easy to fall into conversation like we do this kind of thing all the time. Ghenet is just as sweet and friendly in real life as I expected.
Ghenet's blog→ Ghenet Myrthil
Rebecca Behrens: Rebecca is one of the very first people I started communicating with through the blogs more than a year and a half ago. I think she had me at Milli Vanilli, to be perfectly honest. (This post was just awesome and timely: You are not like Milli Vanilli) I spent a good deal of time talking to Rebecca at a spontaneous hotel room party full of loud, crazy, awesome writer ladies, and she's exactly how I knew she would be: kind and personable and all-around great! (And she had fun stories to tell about New York's less-than-desirable critters. :P)
Rebecca's blog→ Rebecca Behrens
Though our time hanging out together was brief, it just confirmed for me why I love communicating with these ladies through the blogs and other forms of social media. It makes me feel like I've got friends scattered all over the place (in this case, mostly New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut which aren't all that far apart, but still). Along with these ladies, I got to meet Elizabeth Briggs, Dahlia Adler, Maggie Hall, Valerie Cole, and some other very friendly writers whose names I'm kind of blanking on right now. (Sorry! :/ ) If you ever have the chance to meet up with other writer friends, you should seize that opportunity with both hands. I promise you you won't regret it.
Now to just meet Elodie! ☺
Oh, and guess what? I was chosen (along with my sister!) by Bouncer Cake to move on to the Agent Round in Cupid's Literary Connection's Blind Speed Dating! We're both pretty excited about this, as you can probably imagine. We're entries #121 (Me) and #124 (Erin) if you want to check them out.