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Monday, June 22, 2009

Trip to NYC!

Husband and I took a whirlwind trip last week to visit our friends and colleagues in New York City! First we met my cousin Karin, Secret Agent Edward, and his wife Erica for dinner at Osteria Laguna, a tasty Venetian place dedicated to the art of vivid vegetables, seared seafood, and divine desserts. Yum. It was especially fun to introduce all of the partners in crime, as well as celebrate Karin's birthday!

Afterwards, we headed to check out Edward and Erica's rooftop view of the UN and the Chrysler Building - wow.

The next day we met with my publisher and editor, who is truly a Dream Editor. It has been a great honor to work with her, and we were all very excited to celebrate the final title (TELL ME A SECRET! woohoo!) and super amazing initial cover concept. I can't wait to show it to you when they're ready to roll it out! I can hardly wait to see it myself.

After a meeting with Edward, husband and I set out to investigate the neighborhoods of New York City (just in case we ever move there). We traipsed down to Chelsea to walk around the neighborhood and the Chelsea Market, where we ate lunch at the soup place, resisted the cupcake place, and totally lost our resolve (well, my resolve) at the cannoli place...hard to find in Seattle! We also brought home some tasty raspberry rugelach, which I am attempting to duplicate with this recipe.

We ended the day walking through The High Line, a very cool park built on a defunct historic train trestle. New York City should be very proud of the ten years making this project come to life - you can read all about it here.

In fact, we spent so much time at the lovely park that we almost missed our flight! Luckily we both have astonishing travel mojo and managed to sail through security and arrive at our gate just in time to board. On the way home, I gave that revision a six-hour WHIRPLASH! and managed to revise 1/4 of novel #2! We should go to NYC all the time...


  1. AWESOME, Holly! You look so lovely. I think maybe someone should dub you the Poster Child for Debut YA Authors. I'd be happy to start the petition.

    Really? Cannoli over cupcakes? I am going to need you to walk me through that one.

    Love airplane revisions! You SHOULD go to NYC all the time.

    I so want to see The High Line in person, but Peter Brown's book is out now, too: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/kids_books_9780316015479.htm

  2. Oh, what a cool connection! I'm going to have to check that book out - it's a beautiful park.

  3. I miss cannoli! I haven't had a proper one since I left NY. When my husband and I went to Italy for our honeymoon, I thought, "At last, I'll have a cannoli to rival the ones in NY." Of course, when I got there, I realized that cannoli were primarily Sicilian, so we were out of luck. (Don't worry, we weren't deprived.)

    My word verification is "horty".

  4. You look wonderful! Glad you had a great time there!

  5. I don't think I've EVER had a cannoli. I feel deprived.

    Man what a sweet trip. Your hubby is a good looking fella too.

    As for dubbing you poster child for debut YA authors, if Jaime files the proper petition, gets enough signatures, I know a guy who knows a guy... Not today, of course. We'll see when Saturday roles around.

  6. What a trip! It looks like you guys had an awesome time, but don't move to New York. ;)

    Tutta Bella makes a pretty good cannoli.

  7. I really want to see that park! I can see why you almost missed your plane. Thanks for the pictures.

  8. I hate to say it, but New York obviously really agrees with you both. Sounds like an awesome trip, Holly! I'm glad you're back home now, though -- I'm ready for another power-writing session anytime!

  9. Sounds like a great trip - NYC must be surreal when you are meeting iwth editor and agent. i cant imagine - :) Or should I say - I cant wait!

  10. That last picture of you and Shiraz is just beautiful. :)

  11. What a fantastic trip! It clearly agrees with you--awesome job on your revision!

  12. This is beautiful.

    (and so are you two!!!!! I can see where the inspiration for that romantic poetry comes from)

  13. Wow, Holly! I have to agree with Sara, NY agrees with you. Lovely trip...gorgeous pictures!

  14. How fun! My first trip to NYC will be happening next year - can't wait!!

  15. Secret Agent Edward. :) Gotta love that guy!!

    I hope you bring your trust fund with you when you go to rent something in Chelsea. Holy moley!

    Cool post!
    And yes to #2! We should ALL go to NYC all the time.