New York was apparently unseasonably warm over the weekend, which of course coincided with our visit.
We spent the days wandering Book Expo America and working at our publisher's booth promoting the book. We handed out tshirts, stickers, temporary tattoos, and blads (leetle pre-prints that give you an idea of what the Book Layout And Design [BLAD!] will be like plus ISBN info, etc). We met Linda Woods and Karen Dinino of Visual Chronicles, Laurie Perry (aka Crazy Aunt Purl), and Zabet got to see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka the Yarn Harlot) while Renee slept off a hangover. We heard later that Deb Stoller was there, but mysteriously we missed her!
In the evenings Renee partied with our fellow authors, doing true justice to an all-expense paid trip to New York, including a visit to the Empire State Building with Kyle Cassidy, Christina, Katz and Michael Demeng. Zabet took the much geekier and less alcohol-laden route (as she fears dehydration and nighttime leg cramps), going to see the nerd-rock bands Uncle Monsterface and Harry and the Potters, and attending an Irish trad session. (Trad = traditional folk music. Yes, she's that dorky. It can't be The Misfits all the time.)
In general, taxis rock, there was NOT enough water available, room service rocks in that supremely lazy sort of way, and being so hot that you have to peel your wet jeans off your sweaty ass is one of the worst ways to end the day. We would, of course, do it again in a heartbeat.