My Life in Instagrams (3)

It’s been forever since I’ve done a “My Life in Instagrams” post, but a few fun things have happened recently that I’d like to share. So, here we go!

1Back at the end of November, I saw Ingrid Michaelson perform live. It was an acoustic show and AMAZING. I’m a big fan of her music and lyrics. I could totally see myself writing a story inspired by one of her songs. I especially love her newest album, Human Again.

2I had another fan-girl moment at the end of January when my husband and I went to meet Sherry & John Petersik of Young House Love, my favorite home design blog. Their first book, also called Young House Love, released last year and they were in NYC as part of their book tour. They are so sweet and down-to-earth! I was excited to get this photo and my book signed.

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3At the beginning of February was the SCBWI NYC Conference. I didn’t attend the actual conference this year (I’m saving up for SCBWI LA!) but I decided to crash a couple of the after-parties. Of course this called for new business cards! These are from Ink Garden. I had never ordered from them before, but I was impressed with the selection of templates and the quality of the cards. Plus, it was only $10 for 100 cards! I love how the template I chose perfectly matches the colors of my website.

5Speaking of SCBWI NYC after-parties, here’s a collage of photos from them! Top left: The Friday night of the conference was a Kid Lit Drinks Night at a bar not far from the conference hotel. There, I met up with my Write Night Ladies. Bottom Left: On Saturday night, my Pitch Wars mentor Dahlia Adler invited me and other kid lit writers to the hotel room she shared with her friends. We hung out, sipped wine, and talked books and writing. So fun! Top Right: Me and my Write Night buddy Gina Carey at the hotel party. Bottom Right: Group shot with Jessica Silverstein, Jaime Morrow (I met them both in person for the first time that night – they rock!), and Rebecca Behrens.

4That same weekend, I went to brunch with a few other kid lit-loving ladies (a mix of writers and editorial assistants at publishing houses). You might recognize Emery Lord on the far right, from my celebratory post about her book deal. This is the second time we’ve all gotten together for brunch. We went to Rosa Mexicano, where we had a good time eating delicious eggs and pancakes, drinking sangria, and discussing the goings-on in publishing and our favorite books. Then we went to the children’s bookstore Books of Wonder (of course) and topped off the day with hot chocolates and sweets from City Bakery. I can’t wait for the next brunch!

7A couple of weeks later was Valentine’s Day. The Empire State Building was appropriately lit up in pink…

8…And I received these gorgeous, happy flowers from my husband!

9Speaking of Young House Love and home decorating, my husband and I put up this gallery frame wall in our bedroom. Right now we’re in a rental apartment where we can’t paint the walls, so I love the pops of color this gallery provides.

That’s it for now! If you’d like to follow my Instagram photos as I post them, my username is @ghenetmyrthil, or you can find me here.

Have you gone to any fun concerts, book signings, or writerly meetups lately?

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My Life in Instagrams (2)

The mid-week holiday threw me off, so I’ll be back to my normal blogging schedule next week! In the meantime, I thought I’d share another round of “My Life in Instagrams.” Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

My husband and I made a quick trip to the CT countryside to visit friends.

That same weekend, we saw FUN in concert. They were awesome! But it was funny (ha) because there were a ton of teenagers in the audience. (Good book research!)

I snapped this photo on my way home from Write Nite last week. I can’t get enough of these sunsets!

My husband and I took another short trip last weekend, this time to Philly. We stopped into West Elm and found our fun initial mugs for less than $2 each! (They’re only $3.99 on their website.)

Our real reason for being in Philly was to check out the Radiolab (another favorite podcast of mine) live show, called “In the Dark.” We had second row seats in a packed–and gorgeous–theater, and the show was so entertaining! WIN.

I snapped this pic of pretty summer hydrangeas on my way home after work.

For a few hours on the 4th of July, I sat outside and read SAVE THE CAT. I don’t know what’s taken me so long to read this book! More on this next week…

My husband and I ended our 4th of July by hanging out in a local park and watching fireworks. 

What have you been up to lately? Any summer travels so far? Happy Friday!

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Blog Me MAYbe: May I Tell You About Something Else?

Today’s the last day of the Blog Me MAYbe blogfest. (A huge thanks to Sara McClung for organizing it!)

Thursday’s prompt is: May I Tell You About Something Else?

What I want to tell you about is Manhattanhenge! Here’s an explanation, from the Museum of Natural History:

For Manhattan, a place where evening matters more than morning, [Manhattanhenge] comes twice a year. For 2012 they fall on May 29th, and July 12th, when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. A rare and beautiful sight.

Last night after write nite, Jodi, Gina and I stood on 57th street to check it out. New Yorkers across the city all stopped to watch the sun dip between buildings. I had to run to catch a train so I couldn’t stay to watch the whole thing, but I still got a pretty shot (via Instagram, of course):

We’re already making plans to catch this amazing sunset again when Manhattanhenge returns in July. It’s moments like these that remind me how lucky I am to live in NYC! :)

For more pretty sunset shots, check out Jodi’s blog, and this Huffington Post slide show.

My Life in Instagrams (1)

A couple of weekends ago, I replaced my old Android with a shiny new iPhone. I’m in love! My favorite app so far is Instagram, which allows you to edit photos using various filters and light settings. Any photo you take instantly becomes prettier. I love photography (it’s even part of my Thirty Before 30 list) so the idea of being able to take gorgeous photos with my phone excites me.

I thought I’d start a new series where every once in a while, I share what’s going on with me though a few of my Instagram photos. Here goes!

My lovely iPhone, which has seriously changed my life!

I get to see this view of the Hudson River everyday during my commute. It’s so pretty!

The past couple of weekends, me and Pomodoro (which I first blogged about here) have been BFFs. It’s really helped me focus on my WIP.

In between writing/revising, I’ve been taking lots of walks. I shot this photo of a blooming magnolia
tree during one of them.

This week is NYC Teen Author Festival and I attended the kick-off event on Monday:

Plotting Dangerously: Doing What it Takes to Find the Story

Coe Booth
Jen Calonita
Paul Griffin
Deborah Heiligman
Melissa Kantor
Morgan Matson
Kieran Scott

Melissa Walker
moderator: David Levithan

If you’re in the NYC area, check out the rest of this week’s lineup here. I’m planning to go to the weekend events so I’ll give a recap of the festival next week.

If you use Instagram, follow me @ghenetmyrthil and I’ll follow you too!

Tell me, what have you been up to lately?