I'm headed to New York!
|"New York Sunrise" by Jeffery Turner on Flickr|
February wouldn't normally be my first choice of months to visit New York, but I'm not going just to sight-see. My main reason for going is SCBWI's (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) Winter Conference which takes place annually in New York. I know I've already mentioned this, but I thought it was worth mentioning again so you don't wonder where I am for the next week. (Assuming, of course, that you wonder about silly things like that. :P)
Some of the keynote speakers this year are Meg Rosoff, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Shaun Tan, and
Mary Poppins Maria von Trapp Julie Andrews (!). I'll be sitting in on sessions by:
- Rosemary Brosnan - executive editor of HarperCollins Children's Books/HarperTeen
- Molly O'Neill - editor at Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
This is my first ever writing conference, so I'm pretty excited. But what takes my giddiness to a whole new level is that I'm going to be meeting one of my CPs Jess Silverstein, along with Rebecca Behrens, and Ghenet Myrthil. It's been great getting to know these ladies through the blogs and Twitter, and now I'll actually get to meet them face to face, so YAY! ☺ Plus, all of these ladies know the city, so that's an added bonus. I can pick their brains for what to see and do and how to get there.
This happens to be our first trip to NYC, so that should make this even more fun. I have to say, I'm a little worried we'll get lost or mugged or some crazy thing, but that hasn't dimmed my excitement. I've got a transit trip planner app on my phone, so with any luck we won't end up in Jersey or somewhere else out of our way. We'll be visiting a lot of the typical tourist places—Central Park, New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center, and so on—but Jess is also taking us to Books of Wonder. We'd also like to visit Ground Zero to pay our respects. I wish we had a month to explore, but a week will have to suffice.
I'll take lots of pictures, tweet from time to time, and come back with lots of stories to share. Have a great week, friends!