New York

Inspired by Coney Island

Happy holiday weekend, everyone! So yesterday, in honor of the Fourth of July, I had the great pleasure of hitting up Coney Island with my fiance and a good friend. It felt like the right kind of thing to do on Independence Day. I’ve been to Coney Island a couple of times before, but there… Continue reading Inspired by Coney Island

Musings · New York · San Francisco · Writing

Snowy reflections: Welcome back to winter

Nothing says “welcome back” like the chance of 3 feet of snow in New York City. Most of you already know, but my time in California has ended, and I am back in the great city of New York, Brooklyn to be precise. When I told everyone in California I was moving back to New… Continue reading Snowy reflections: Welcome back to winter

Events · New York · Publishing · The After Girls

New York Trip Part Two: Book Expo America (with lots of pics!)

Since my return from New York, I have of course been way behind on everything, but I am belatedly getting to one of my favorite events there–Book Expo America (BEA). Let’s be clear–I have never been to a book event of this magnitude before. It’s thousands of square feet at Javits of … BOOKS. Yes,… Continue reading New York Trip Part Two: Book Expo America (with lots of pics!)

Events · New York · The After Girls

This Week’s Events in New York City!

As you can see from the photo above, I’m back in the big apple. Above is a view from my friends’ lovely balcony in Brooklyn, overlooking the new World Trade Center. My feelings toward the five boroughs and all their amazingness can hardly be expressed now. I’m deep in a mix of excitement to be… Continue reading This Week’s Events in New York City!

San Francisco

The Ten Things I Love Most About San Francisco (So Far)

I’m not going to lie–I do miss New York. It’s the place where I got my first job, made all my post-college friends, fell in love, sold a novel. I’ve already expounded on the many reasons I love it here. But for everything I miss about New York, there is so much to love about… Continue reading The Ten Things I Love Most About San Francisco (So Far)

New York · Writing

Vintage Photos as Writing Inspiration

So, my grandparents were married 66 years ago today … in New York City … in the famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral (I don’t know how they pulled that off, either). That’s them, above. Aren’t they gorgeous together? I never remember meeting my grandmother, Mary. She passed away shortly after I was born. But my grandfather,… Continue reading Vintage Photos as Writing Inspiration

Publishing · The After Girls

Book Deal!!!

I’ve been meaning to announce this for awhile, but between being superstitious/paranoid about telling too early and the little matter of driving across the country, moving into a sublet, and setting to work finding a new apartment, I’ve been a little preoccupied. That said, the contracts are signed, the revisions (which I completed–I kid you… Continue reading Book Deal!!!

New York

My Last Weekend in New York: Karaoke, Gossip Girl, and 4 out of 5 Boroughs

I’m sitting here, it’s nearing one a.m., and I’m trying to finish a revision before I move to San Francisco in just three days. I’m surrounded by packed boxes, bubble wrap, blank-looking walls, odds and ends, and what looks like too much work to do in the time alloted. It will get done, though–it always… Continue reading My Last Weekend in New York: Karaoke, Gossip Girl, and 4 out of 5 Boroughs

New York

The Ten Things I’ll Miss Most About New York

I’ll be leaving this great city in exactly a week, and I’ve been thinking about the parts of it that are truly irreplaceable. Here are a few: The Craziness: I’ve seen a Spiderman impersonator using the leverage of a cart to bounce off walls like a scene from The Matrix. Celebrities walking down the street… Continue reading The Ten Things I’ll Miss Most About New York