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The Best Part of My Trip–Friends
Friday, April 4th, 2008

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Because I’ve been to so many writer’s conferences, I’ve become a little jaded about conference offerings. I tend to be very selective of the workshops I attend and end up blowing off most of them.

One thing I truly love and never tire of doing is meeting my friends. It’s a little wierd how well you get to know some folks just on the basis of email and live internet chats, but there’s nothing quite like meeting them in person for a hug and a laugh over a meal or drinks.

Here are the highlights of my recent trip to New York, and I promise they appear in no particular order of preference!

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I love this picture! Don’t they all look like they’re having the best time? And aren’t they all lovely?

On the left is my BFF by birth: Myla Jackson/Elle James, my sister! Shouldn’t everyone have someone to share an extraordinary journey with? Myla/Elle and I started writing together and have shared all the frustrations and triumphs together. It’s brought us closer than we could ever have dreamed.

In the middle, is a newer BFF, the very talented Sylvia Day! I loved spending time with her in New York. We attended a play together (more about that another day!) and several meals. She’s super smart and surprisingly goofy–I love that about her!

On the right is Jordan Summers. I had met her a couple of years ago, but didn’t have time to really get to know her then. Since then, I’ve had fun visiting her daily blog to see what she’s up to and thinking about. In person, she’s very, very smart. When she talks, everyone listens. And you should hear the stories she tells about the many jobs she’s held!

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Standing with me in Time Square is my friend, Sasha White. I love, love, love her. She’s funny and sweet, with a great big booming voice to match her big heart. We spent a day running through a list of things we needed to do and eat–hot dogs at Nathan’s, cheesecake from Junior’s, and then the purses we let Myla bargain for with the street vendors…LOL!

7 comments to “The Best Part of My Trip–Friends”

  1. Sasha
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      · April 4th, 2008 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Great Pictures!! And I agree 100 % meeting everyone in person again, and just hanging out was the best part. Shawna was amazing for coming into the city, and a blast to spend time with as well.

    Next time we hit NYC, I am not going to be on a deadline, and then we can do so much more. More cheesecake, more shopping, more..laughs.

    PS: My mom actually has the same strange fascination withteh tacky purse I did. Both were good choices. Although when I told her you got a black one that looked like the back of the purse, (with the stylized letters) she was jealous. She liked that. )



  2. Shawna
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      · April 4th, 2008 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Okay, so the photo didn’t turn out as bad as I thought it would. The next time you are in town(this goes for Sasha, Myla, Sylvia, & Susan too) there will definitely be play time. At least 1 day, maybe 2. I will happily play tour guide and be your travel agent before you get here! I had a great time at dinner. How often do you get to hang out with authors you read and love? Glad to see you made it back safe and sound.



  3. Delilah
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      · April 4th, 2008 at 7:24 pm · Link

    Sasha!

    I’m relieved your mom liked the purse. Next time…well, we know we have to have Myla along to barter, and I’ll definitely have a “purse” budget set!

    Shawna!

    I’ll take you up on that offer! And the photo was great–of you!! Now, if I could only get the camera to remember to shave a little roundness off my face, I’d be completely satisfied. :roll:



  4. Shayla Kersten
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      · April 4th, 2008 at 7:27 pm · Link

    Sounds like a fantastic time! I’m so jealous. I haven’t gotten back to NYC in so many years. I’d love to check out my old haunts… *sigh*

    The pictures are great! Bunches of lovely ladies!



  5. Sylvia Day
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      · April 5th, 2008 at 9:48 am · Link

    I LOVED hanging out with everyone. Shawna was so awesome! I’m so glad she was able to come to dinner with us.

    DD and M — Our trip to the theater is a highlight I’ll never forget! Thanks for letting me tag along with you and for being such great women. I’m proud to call you my friends. ((hugs))



  6. Delilah
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      · April 5th, 2008 at 6:54 pm · Link

    Shayla!
    Just you wait until I start talking about Memphis!! I found the freakiest story about that one special place we both decided we had to own one day.

    Sylvia!
    I’m so glad we got to go with you! As soon as I realized the tickets were for a show that started in just one hour, I almost freaked out. Thank God, we were all there together when Myla checked the time. We all would have missed a very special happening.



  7. Shayla Kersten
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      · April 5th, 2008 at 7:55 pm · Link

    I’m intrigued! Do tell!