Win a trip to New York of course!
My lovely children's book organization SCBWI awarded me the Tribute Prize - a trip to New York to attend the 12th Annual Winter Conference - this year, appropriately named 'Take the Express to Success' - a bonanza of talks and events for children's book writers.
It would have been clever though if I'd checked the weather news before I left the UK. I was ready for cold weather. But I wasn't ready for this:
|But I had snow plow envy. Something we didn't have when it snowed energetically in London recently (contrary to scenes you might see in costume dramas, London doesn't have snowy winters )|
|Any book lover would be thrilled to stare at these walls.|
|And here's me just before security told me to stop taking pictures. Photo by Frankie Drogin|
|... except you'll have to imagine them wearing snow boots. It was very slushy in NYC!|
|Us back when. Photo by Jaime Unson|
|It's a lunchpail with Tall Story's cover artfully applied to it! Thank you, Frankie!|
|But the best menu (in children's book terms) had to be Sarabeth's at South Central Park|
|Benjamin had the 'Fat and Fluffy French Toast' ... which would be a good way to describe me when I get back from this trip!|
|I got to see stars.|
|The snow added more glisten to the lights at Times Square|
|But some of the statuary didn't look too happy about the snow.|
|Snow is fine ... you just have to have the right kind of footwear|
|We visited the massive American Girl shop - with its array of historical and heritage correct dolls, a hospital, a hairdressing salon, and a cafe (you don't have to bring your own dolls, there are dolls to attend to you at your table)|
|And we were very very amused by this surf dude paid to show his abs in the doorway of a surfing shop.|
|The shop had a video wall showing off the surf somewhere warm in real time.|
|My room! The light switches don't work unless you stroke them.|
|That dark square thing between the Empire State Building and Grand Central Station statuary is the Grand Hyatt. My room is one of those yellow squares on the 24th floor.|
|It was a HUGE conference - with 1200 delegates! That's a lot of children's book authors, illustrators and editors!|
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