February 8, 2013

Happy to Meet You

Well, I'm back. I debated over whether to call this post "Home Meh Home" or not, but since the subject of this post isn't about how my city should be renamed Dullsville, I decided "better not". (But seriously, you guys. After visiting New York, this place just feels flat and spread out and bleh. The upside? We're not hunkering down waiting for the snowpocalypse to hit.)

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.

30 comments:

  1. Glad you had a great time! I love conferences! :) Okay, going to check out your entry now.

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    1. It was a lot of fun! The conference was great, but it was just that much better getting to meet all of these ladies. :)

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  2. It was so lovely to meet you and Jess, Jaime! I'm glad you had a good time in NYC. :) And I'm glad we had plenty of time to chat in the midst of SCBWI craziness.
    I'm also more than happy to keep it real with stories of all my NYC pest-control misadventures.

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    1. We had such a good time and can't wait to return soon. And we saw a rat! A very tiny one skipping along the subway tracks. I was hoping for a big fat one, but oh well. :P

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  3. Awww, thank you for your kind words! It was so awesome to meet you too, and you are just as wonderful in person as you are on this blog. I'm so glad you loved NYC and plan to come back!

    And YAY for you and your sister being selected for the blind speed dating contest!!! I loved your entry, and I'm off to read your sister's. How cool to both be writers, and in this contest together!

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    1. There was just so much that was awesome on this trip it's hard to put it into words. I'm sure I'll be babbling on about it for some time. I can't wait to go back!

      As for the contest, I confess I was not overly confident in my entry. So how exciting to actually get moved on to the agent round, and to be picked by the same bouncer that my sister was. :)

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  4. Such a cute picture!! It was so nice to meet all of you at SCBWI!! (Though I wouldn't mind adding Elodie to the mix either!!)

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    1. Shoot! I just realized that I forgot to mention all of you lovely ladies too. That made the whole NYC/SCBWI experience just that much better. :)

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  5. Sounds awesome what a cute pic!

    Best of luck with the contest!!!

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  6. So I´m totally jealous and totally happy you guys met! :D :D :D LOVE the picture!
    Glad you had a wonderful time and YAY for the contest...You know I love your writing and I´m crossing your fingers you gets TONS of requests :D :D :D

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    1. Maybe one day soon we'll get to meet in real life too. I had a really great time and getting into the agent round was a great thing to come home to. :)

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  7. I'm so jealous! I love the picture... you girls are all so lovely and fashionable! Can't wait to hear more about the conference itself, and to see more pictures. *hint hint* Thanks for sharing your fun with us, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Katy! The conference was great (more on that soon) and I'll be sure to share photos. Though, choosing between all of them should be tough. :P

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  8. SO excited for you getting through to the next round of the contest! Totally deserved :) It was so awesome to meet you and everyone in New York. As soon as I recover from this wicked travel cold I have so many cards to go through and start following people!

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I'm pretty excited about it. It's just nice knowing that there will be agents coming and checking out what we've written. Almost like we've got their undivided attention for even just a little bit. :)

      Sorry to hear that you ended up with a cold. Boo. I hope you're feeling 100% soon!

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  9. Nice picture! Looks like you had a great time with some lovely people! Can't wait until our next phone chat to hear all the details. :)

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    1. Thanks! It was a really great time all around. I wish my whole life could be that fun. :)

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  10. Good for you on the Agent Round/Speed Dating event-- that is awesome. And I am BEAMING just looking at the photo and hearing your stories. HOW AMAZING! Good for you-- what a great experience, meeting all these fabulous ladies in real life. Hooray!!!
    And, though you had to leave, I think it's a good thing to be avoiding the snowpocalypse.

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    1. Thanks, Kat! :)

      Going to the conference and meeting these ladies in real life was definitely awesome. I can't believe our good timing for heading home, though. I think we missed the snowpocalypse by one day. We would have ended up camped out in airports for a day or two. Yikes! O_o

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  11. It sounds like you had an awesome time! And now I'm going to go check out your entries :)

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    1. It was a really great time all around. :)

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  12. *hugs* It was awesome meeting you, too! If I didn't spend half of the time running around like a headless chicken (lunchtime booksigning chaos! Getting into the second workshop late was embarassing,) we would have been able to hang out more, considering we had the same workshops. You're also just as awesome in person.

    I really hope you enjoyed your stay in pre-snowicane Nemo NYC :-P

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and your sister-- I'm so excited that BOTH of you were picked!

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    1. It was really great meeting you, Carli! It really is too bad that the weekend was so busy. I suppose the hubby and I could have met you for lunch or something on another day during our New York wanderings. I guess this just means that we'll have to take another trip to New York sometime. Darn. :P

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  13. Look at all those awesome people you met! Sweet!

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  14. I'm so jealous you got to go to the conference, but I'm so glad you got to meet so many people! I can't wait until I get a chance to meet many of my blog favorites. Congrats to you and Erin both to making it to the next round in Cupid's contest!

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    1. If you get the opportunity to go to a conference you should definitely go. Meeting blog friends in real life is the icing on the cake. :)

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  15. Congratulations on getting through to the Agent Round!! That's so exciting! Your query is really enticing. Good luck :)

    PS: I just got The Diviners. Thank you so so much! And you packaged it so sweet. Even my landlord was like, "This package is so cute, I am dying to know what's in it!"

    I can't wait to dig into it.

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! I'm pretty excited. :) I'm glad you got the book too. I hope you enjoy it. :)

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