The last time I was writing this blog it was about midnight or 1:00. For some reason I couldn’t fall asleep for another…oh…about…3 hours. Yeah, that puts me at around 4:00. Getting up at 7:00. Running on 3 hours of sleep is usually setting up a day of torture but the way this trip has been going it’s pretty much par for the course.
Today was the day for the Pitch Slam! Luckily it was early so I decided to wear heels so I could change them after I was done…that was actually a good plan! The Pitch Slam went well except that I went to agents that had tweeted me back instead of going to agents that would have been a good fit for my book…oh well, live and learn.
By the end of the day I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open but I powered through. There was a mixer after all the sessions and we were given a free drink so that was giving me energy to stay awake. I finally got my beer and drank it quickly so I could go back to my room and hit the sheets. I don’t think I have ever been this tired…actually that’s not true…I’ve been hungover and gone to work before – now that’s painful!
I actually got a good night’s sleep. Ahhhhhh, sleep. Nothing like waking up from a good night’s sleep. Well, that actually doesn’t happen to me – I wake up at least 4 times a night so that first time that I woke up it was like, 12:30 (I fell asleep about 10:00) and I knew I had 6 more hours to sleep! Nothing like waking up and thinking, “I have 6 more hours to sleep!”
Sunday’s sessions were awesome. I learned a tonne. Sunday was just a half day so I had the rest of the day to explore New York. My hotel was just off Broadway so it was a perfect place to go walking. You know what they say…”When in Rome, etc.” so while I was there I had to have a hot dog. There were lots of hot dog carts right outside the hotel but I was told by a New Yorkian (I don’t think that’s what they’re called, but that’s what I like to call them) that the best hot dog in New York was at a place called Gray’s Papaya. She also said it was just on the outskirts of Central Park. Sure, I thought, perfect! I want to check out Central Park too.
So I started walking. OMG! The NBC store! Yay! Friends memorabilia! Saturday Night Live! Woohoo! It was late afternoon on Sunday so I figured I would have to buy stuff now because with my luck it wouldn’t be open by the time I came back. I had to carry around a stupid bag but it was worth it. The HBO store! Awesome. Ummm, not so awesome. I didn’t even recognize the shows they had stuff in there for. Sex in the City was about the only one. Well… and, of course, Game of Thrones, but I haven’t seen the latest season so I didn’t even want to get close in case it gave anything away. Well, at least I didn’t have to carry any more stuff around.
Ok, onward to the hot dog place. I walked down broadway and took a bunch of pictures of broadway shows I would love to see; (my pictures aren’t uploading for some reason) I mean actually see the actual shows on broadway. I have seen some of the travelling shows but I’m not sure that those count. BTW, the first week in September is Broadway week so you can get 2 for 1 broadway shows….just a little heads up there. You’re welcome.
So, I wasn’t sure how much roaming I had in my cell phone package so I didn’t want to use it that much. I had the place plunked into my map and I was pretty sure I was going the right way so I started walking…..But then it seemed like Central Park wasn’t anywhere near where I was walking, so I better check again. Nope, I was going the wrong way…plus there was a homeless guy sleeping on the sidewalk (Insert picture here)…definitely the wrong way.
So I turned around. I noticed that Hell’s Kitchen was a block over on the way to the hot dog place so I walked over a block and started walking up from over there. That’s when I noticed that in New York, there must not be garbage bins because there is garbage bags everywhere on the sidewalks. What the fuck? Anyway, Hell’s Kitchen was not the Hell’s Kitchen I thought it was. (Insert picture here)
After two hours of walking, I finally made it to Gray’s Papaya (Insert picture). Well after two hours of walking, I’m pretty sure a real deep fried weiner dog would have tasted good! But this hot dog was pretty good (insert picture). I think I should have ordered the frankfurter because the hot dog was really long and skinny, which really reminded me of a…well, whatever (Insert picture…just kidding). They put a sauce on it that was a creamy horseradishy sauce. It was pretty tasty but it wasn’t worth walking two hours for. The ice cream cone that I got from the ice cream truck was pretty fan-fucking-tastic though, I’ll tell you that much! (insert picture)
On the two hours that I had to walk back to my hotel room I saw Central Park (finally) (insert picture), some of the shops on Broadway (picture) and buskers (picture). I’ll tell you what, people in New York don’t walk fast enough. That drove me nuts. I should have tried a hot dog from a hot dog cart but I did not…shame on me. I guess I will have to go back to try one. (Anyone want to come?)
The way home was not so fun, I don’t know if it was the hot dog or what, but something made me start throwing up. Oh, I know what it was…the taxi on the way to the airport had some weird vent coming from the front seat to the back (picture). I thought it was hillbilly air conditioning, but now that I think about it…
I got to the airport in Toronto and I was able to keep everything down until I got to the toilet (I’m a puker from way back – I’m able to control it pretty well) (picture….ha ha). I figured out it was the coffee from the NY airport. Fucking coffee. That’ll learn me for drinking coffee without baileys. But good news, our flight is delayed an hour. Good fucking christ. I’m nauseous and feel like shit and now my flight is delayed? Great. Now what? We have to switch gates? Sure, why not. The plane’s not ready yet, we just have to switch gates.
We finally start boarding – at the time when we were supposed to take off – after it was delayed, so we were delayed about an hour & half. The plane was fully booked too so I wasn’t able to upgrade my seat (I figured I should probably be close to the toilet.) but I managed to keep my food/drink down and actually caught a couple of winks! Everything was fine except I got a call as I was driving home that I left my iPad on the plane (of course I did….). Fuck stick. I’ll go get it another day, I am not about to turn around and go get it!
So…all in all, the last couple of days were eventful. Some good, some bad…but the most important thing was that I had two agents ask to see more of my book. Score! I also had two other agents suggest to send my book to another agent at their office, which is a good thing too. Woohoo! So fingers crossed that something comes from one of those opportunities. But if it doesn’t (it will) the convention was invaluable in itself.