OK! With that playing in the background, let me indulge my inner grandma and share some pics from the trip!
First thing we did--literally, as soon as we dropped our bags in the hotel room--was hoof it to the piers and get on a Circle Line Cruise. I know. Cheesy. Tourist-y. BUT. I had ridden in a car, van, bus, plane, and train in one day, and all I was lacking was boat. So off we went.
|One of the first things we saw was the beautiful statue of liberty. I had better pictures, but I like this one the best, with the sunlight and the glittering water.|
|This man was so funny! He'd just caught a fish, and wanted to show it off to everyone on our boat.|
|This is something new I learned on the Circle Line Cruise--at the top of the island, there's a recreation of a medieval cloister, complete with medieval era plants in the garden and tapestries on the wall! Now I realllllly want to go, but it's a long way from downtown.|
|One of my fave pictures--the sun setting over Washington Bridge.|
After this, the husband and I both crashed in our hotel--that was a long cruise following a long day of travel. And beside, the next day was ComicCon!
|Check it. I totally caught a bird in the upper right corner! Awesome.|
ComicCon takes place at the Javits Center, this colossal black glass building that is a labyrinthine maze inside--or, at least it felt that way as we waited HOURS to get in, despite the fact that we'd already bought our tickets online. But it was totally cool with me, because I got to speak at a panel (so cool!) and had a few people stop me and ask me to sign their ARCs (even cooler!).
|Evidence of the crowdedness. Interesting sidenote: my phone's camera can do panoramic shots! Be prepared for more similar. Clicky through for bigger picture.|
|Yes. I love Kingdom Hearts. There were many Sora costumes, but this was the best. And don't you love the pose?!|
|PS: Yes, I'm a great big nerd. This is Inuyasha. If you don't know Inuyasha, YOU SHOULD.|
|I TOLD YOU I WAS A NERD, OK? All right, just in case you don't know--this is Princess Serena. From Sailor Moon? Yes, I'm old-school nerd. And yes, I totally noticed that she even did the classic Princess Serena pose. OMG this was by far my favorite costume.|
On Sunday, I took the husband off to...NINJA NEW YORK! Many of you will remember that I've long said I wanted to go there if I ever got an agent/book deal/a good enough excuse to go to NYC. And now I've been! It was AWESOME. It was SO SO SO AWESOME. The husband and I ordered food for every course, even dessert (rare for me) AND we ordered the special ninja-style food for every course (read: special effects food).
|Imagine this sign turned around right-side up. But I wanted to include the pic, because it pretty much sets the scene for the restaurant. They really do the place to look just like a real Japanese town.|
|There were cute little pumpkins carved alongside all the Japanese decor!|
|My first course. On fire.|
|Shared appetizer. It smoked for a good ten or fifteen minutes.|
|Corwin's second course. Also on fire.|
|For the record, Corwin let me die THREE TIMES. I cannot trust him anymore.|
After ComicCon, I drug my husband to the American Museum of Natural History. Yes, drug him. Because, see, he knows I'm a nerd. And he gets bored easily. And his idea of fun does not include museums. "But," I said, "you've not seen anything as cool as THIS museum."
He was doubtful.
First I took him to the observatory:
|I told you I liked the panoramic feature! Clicky to embiggen.|
|This room was so cool. Dead creepy crawlies and stuffed animals everywhere. I loved the swirl of butterflies on the right.|
|This cloth is made of SPIDER SILK. Awesome.|
|Corwin meets a long lost ancestor.|
|This turtle was so big you could RIDE HIM. I mean, you could ride him if he weren't dead.|
|Check out the brontosaurus! So huge he'd barely fit in the picture.|
|You know those creepy stories about antlered fairy men? I imagine THESE antlers.|
So, basically, you get on a bus:
|The bus from the other side. Notice the full glass windows.|
|The bus from inside. Tilt your head. Sorry about that.|
|Recognize this kiss?|
|It started raining heavily, so my picture didn't turn out well. But here, a ballerina and her partner danced in a circle as The Ride went around Columbus Circle. It was magically beautiful.|
And, of course, I couldn't do all the touristy stuff without also doing the Empire State Building.
|Now I'm singing "Empire State of Mind." I hope you're happy, Alicia Keyes.|
|The real reason anyone goes into the Empire State Building: to see the much prettier Chrysler Building.|
|Manhattan, with the Statue of Liberty.|
|Lookit! The shadow of the Empire State Building!|
I know some of you are thinking--but what about the publisher stuff?! And yes--I did get to meet my wonderful editor and everyone else at Razorbill (hi everyone!) and it was BRILLIANT. And I met my wonderful agent (hi Merrilee! hi Jennifer!) and it was also brilliant (and the Writers House offices---gorgeous). And I ate so much delicious food I'm surprised I lived to tell the tale.
But...uh...I didn't take any pictures of that.
But I felt like such a greenie, I couldn't just pop out my camera and say "cheese!" in front of all these uber-cool NYC peeps, could I?
OK, yes. Probably. They were all very nice and would have totally done it. But I was too shy to ask :P
But here you all go! My awesomely amazing NYC adventure...sans the publishing stuff...with extra touristy stuff added!
Hope you enjoyed!