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!
Back 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.
I 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.
For more on their book, click here!
At 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.
Speaking 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.
That 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!
A couple of weeks later was Valentine’s Day. The Empire State Building was appropriately lit up in pink…
…And I received these gorgeous, happy flowers from my husband!
Speaking 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?