Monday, 16 December 2013

New York and ... stuff.

As most of you know I've been away. Hence my absence from this blog. But now I'm back!

I spent 10 days in New York on my own, took a day trip to New Haven, Connecticut, for a TV interview on CT Style (click here to watch!), and on my way home I headed to Atlanta for a night to meet a few blogging buddies. There is SO much to tell you and show you, I really don't know if I should bore you with the details, but maybe ... maybe I can squeeze in a few visual highlights:

Note: Some of the photos aren't that great, because when you're on your own, and have to ask passers by to take shots of you, you can't really get fussy now, can you? Haha. I loved travelling on my own, but this photo issue was definitely a problem.

View from the Empire State Building

Times Square
Um ... do I really need to tell you what this is?
Central Park
Outside the Natural History Museum I saw them filming the new TV series, Power, created by 50 Cent. That's Omari Hardwick, and Lela Loren in the photo. I also got a photo of the back of 50 Cent's head. Haha! :-)
Brooklyn Bridge
Um ... sorry, didn't you know? Johnny is made of wax. :-)
Ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center
Yup. This is SO COOL.
Meet up with New York literary agent, Katharine Sands, who is teaching with me at the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop on the Greek isle of Ithaca next year.
I finally met the fabulous Matthew MacNish and Nicole Ducleroir!

... and Zoe C. Courtman!

... and JM Diaz and Schwa Michaels (right)!
... and Jadie Jones! Stupid me forgot to get a photo ... :-(

Without further ado, I shall leave you with a poem I wrote while I was away.
Have a great week, all!

Statue of Liberty

A couple stand at the railing.
She says: hey, it's pretty neat.
He says: Yeah. Let's go back. I need coffee.
A seagull squawks.
A helicopter propels
me to look up
at her grand stature.
A zero degree breeze
chills a tear
as it slides from the corner
of my eye to my temple.
Who needs coffee
in the presence
of so much freedom?

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  1. Hi Jess .. loved the interview - that was so well done .. and I'm looking forward to reading Bitter Like Orange Peel - I sure hope the sales go winging up after the Connecticut tv connection. What a lovely time you seem to have had - and great you've met lots of bloggers and to see Katharine who will be teaching with next year in Ithaca ..

    Cheers to you ... Hilary

  2. Glad you had a wonderful visit! Honestly - I'd be a little nervous to travel to NYC alone. I'm impressed!

  3. Great interview! You look so calm. Great shots of NYC too. I'm impressed you did the city alone. That's what you call having chutzpah!

  4. There is something I love about New York alone. You're in a city where you can do just about anything you want, so being there alone means you are totally free. Great photos.

  5. You must be exhausted! NY knocks me out! So glad you had a great trip! Post the video! Post the video!

    1. Whoops. I see you provided the link. Ignore me. Happy holidays!

  6. It was such a pleasure to meet you. I really treasure our friendship.

  7. Great pics. Looks like lots of fun. And of course, the interview rocked.

  8. Looks like an amazing time and glad you met up with Matthew and the others. I think the photos you took were great.

  9. Awww! Looks like you had such an awesome time! And how cool is it meeting up with so many awesome blogger peeps??

  10. Loved the New York photos! And the photos of other bloggers. Looks like you had a great time. I've never been to NYC. One day, I will.

  11. Congratulations, Jessica! Fab interview! And, wow, you covered some territory -- especially loved Central Park photo and thanks for the heart-warming poem . . .Who needs coffee
    in the presence
    of so much freedom?

    Yep, you're right!

  12. You did NYC so well! Saw all the sights and got some great photos. Welcome home. :)

  13. Ach! I'm so lax on my blog-reading that only now do I learn you were in NYC when I drove through (okay, technically I drove around to avoid the city), and in Connecticut for a day (albeit when I was at work). Since you're the first friend I made through the blogs, it would've been neat if you'd also been the first I met in person. Alas.

    Great pictures, though, and glad you enjoyed your trip!

  14. Awesome trip. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to travel by myself. I need to make sure there's someone with me who'll stop me getting lost! Brilliant photos too, and your interview was really good.


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