Literary NYC

Following my time at the Woodstock Writers Festival, I headed to NYC to meet a friend and spent five days there with him. We did a lot of the tourist-type things that I hadn’t done in my previous three visits to the city. (All three past trips were to attend Writer’s Digest Conferences, and I was alone.) It was nice to have the free time and the companionship to travel around and see the sights, but here I will address the more “literary” things I did.

·      Visited the New York Times (see photo below). There was a time when I dreamed of working there someday!

·      Went to the New York Public Library, though sadly, the famed reading room was closed. I will have to re-visit that (soon).

·      Attended Abigail Thomas’s interview/reading/book signing at McNally Jackson bookstore. What a great place! Highlight was when I told Abby that I think I’ll retire in Woodstock in about 10 years, she said, “That’s too long!” I told her I’d need to sell some books in order to make it sooner and she replied, “Then go home and WRITE! What are you doing?”

·      Met Elissa Schappell at McNally Jackson bookstore, as she was the one interviewing Abby. Elissa was a great interviewer and very interesting in her own right. I got to chat with her while waiting to get Abby’s book signed. At one point, I leaned forward and fished Elissa’s hair out of her wine glass, which she was holding in front of her shoulder. She just waved it off and said, “It’ll just happen again.” So casual. I bought a copy of Blueprints for Building Better Girls and devoured it. I have since purchased “Use Me” as well.

·      Went to KGB Bar on the advice of Ann Hutton (a fellow workshop member for the last two years at the Woodstock Writers Festival.) Though I had missed the reading they had that night, I met some great people there--Leslie Goshko, Kyle Erickson, and Maryanne Ventrice. They were great and we hit it off and chatted over drinks--there were even hugs when it was time to say “Goodnight!”  I definitely look forward to spending more time at KGB Bar on my next visit to NYC.

·      Then, there are all the things I’d still LIKE to do in NYC…So, for my next visit—YES, it’s been booked already—and I am returning for my birthday in June! I’ll get to have a birthday steak at E & E Grill House (my favorite in NYC), attend a Friday Gotham Write-in, and spend a day with Julia Cameron at her workshop, “The Right to Write.” What a treat! More on that later as my next post will be about some of my biggest writing inspirations…




At one time, this was my dream place to work! Would still love to see my name in a byline...

Posted on May 13, 2015 .

Still celebrating Woodstock!

I'm still celebrating the Woodstock Writers Festival, that is. What I mean is that I'm still riding high on a wave of positivity, a burst of creativity and growth, and a real celebration of all the new connections and how they have enriched my life. Maybe the best evidence of this continuing celebration is my ongoing plan to return to Woodstock in August!

I've enjoyed the explosion of activity on Twitter, so much so that I'm not dreading Facebook as much as I once was (more on that soon). I'm still making my way through the many books I bought on my trip, reading much more than I was before, and subsequently writing more. Funny how that works. Though sometimes the writing is difficult, and sometimes there are those who are discouraging, I'm reminded that there is a whole community of writers out there who have felt the same, and who are there to support me.

A special thanks this week to Beverly Donofrio for her very encouraging email, to Mary Anne Erickson for partnering with me to share our work, and to Lauree Ostrofsky, who is becoming more and more of a friend. Thank you again to the Woodstock Writers Festival for bringing these fine folks into my life!



Posted on April 21, 2015 .