My New York State of Mind

I spent last weekend in NYC, which is always an adventure. It starts out quietly enough at the Indianapolis International Airport which is a clean, mostly quiet…I want to add “well-lighted” because Hemingway, you know…place.

The first fun part of my adventure after arriving in NYC (besides navigating out of LaGuardia, which is a whole ‘nother kind of adventure that I won’t write about) involved meeting one of my debut group (Notable19s) friends, Hanna Stark, in person. I immediately bonded with her. She is such a lovely and smart person.

Also lovely and smart (and tons of fun!) is my Sterling Publishing editor whom I got to meet the next morning for brunch! She has been delightful to work with and I hope I will work with her again in the future. (Sending that wish out to the universe….!)

Then it was down to business with a Master Class with editor Tiffany Liao. If you ever attend the Kweli conference, I recommend taking the Master Class option.

After that, it was off to a fabulous dinner at Pondicheri with some writer friends!

Everyone had to take pictures of the food.

The Kweli Conference was the main reason I went to NYC. It kicked off with a keynote from amazing author Samira Ahmed:

And ended with a wonderful speech from THE Jacqueline Woodson:

The weekend was filled with meeting up with friends, some of whom I’d only met online previously. The superlatively talented Rajani LaRocca was the one who got me to go to Kweli:

Joanna Ho Bradshaw is a Twitter friend whom I was delighted to meet at the Master Class. She is beautiful inside and out.

Carole Lindstom is a long time Facebook friend. I knew she would be wonderful but I wasn’t prepared for just how exuberant and flowing with love she would be. I hope to see her again very soon!

Before my NYC adventure was over, I had to meet up with my sci-fi besties from the Minnows Literary Group. I’ve known Janet and Belinda for 9 years now ever since we took the Gotham Writers Workshop speculative fiction class together.

dinner at Uncle Nick’s

And all too soon, it was over and I was on my way back home. Until next time, NYC!