So, yesterday brought me back to my days of lawyer-ing and librarian-ing. I set my alarm for an hour earlier than usual. Shortly after it went off, I was headed to Union Station, to the Amtrak train to New York.
I used to be a Master of Amtrak, knowing precisely how much time it took to get tea, a breakfast pastry, and a copy of the Washington Post, and still make my train before it left the station. My skills are a little rusty, but I did get all my necessities in place (except, alas, a knife to spread cream cheese on my bagel, but I was able to improvise, dipping the bagel into the cream cheese )
The train had no quiet car (grrrrrrr!), but that oversight was made up for when the man sitting in front of me turned out to be a former lawyer-coworker. We spent about half an hour catching up on old friends (“He went from Firm A to Firm B to Firm C, and now he’s working on his own” was an unfortunate refrain…), and then we settled down to complete our respective work.
Arriving in New York brought back a strong sense of deja vu. I haven’t roamed those streets much recently, but I used to know them quite well. I grabbed an early lunch at Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen (one of my favorite NYC guilty pleasures — the beet and goat cheese salad was divine, and the mac and cheese side dish was pure decadence!)
With two hours to kill before my meeting, I headed over to the main branch of the public library. They had a ***wonderful*** exhibit about “Lunch Hour” — how the meal evolved from “dinner” eaten in homes to various snack- or complete meals eaten in restaurants. The exhibit was very well curated and I learned a lot of little facts — plus, I smiled a lot.
Then, it was time for the Main Event — a meeting with my agent, my editor, and my publicity team, at Simon and Schuster. Most of what we discussed is still hush-hush (mostly, about the DARKBEAST sequel). Suffice to say, I learned a tremendous amount, heard some very exciting things, saw some wonderful other things, and I’ll tell you more as soon as I can!
After the meeting, I headed back to Penn Station. My return ticket wasn’t until 7:40, but I decided to pay for an upgrade to take an earlier train. (There were storms on the East Coast, and my original arrival time was 11 p.m. – rather late for my taste.) My decision to upgrade proved ***brilliant*** when the storms brought down the signals along the last hour or so of the trip. It took us nearly 2.5 hours to complete that leg. By the time I got to Union Station, my original train wasn’t *due* in until 1:30 a.m., and I strongly suspect it was delayed from there (as the posted arrival times often are!)
I retrieved my car from the lot, drove home, and collapsed.
And that was how I spent my Tuesday.
Mindy, who enjoys knowing how to do the New York business trip thing but is glad she doesn’t have to do it on a regular basis!