Tomorrow marks the third week anniversary of living in New York City. It weirdly feels like a year already. I have been jamming so much into each day, that when I get home at night and quickly journal what I did that day, I am amazed and super stoked at how much I have gotten done. (which is really great therapeutic release for those of you living with weird anxiety that comes with living in an active city, never doing enough. you are though!)
Last night I went to the NYC Lit Crawl at Housing Works Bookstore in Soho. Weirdly enough, I had stumbled upon this bookstore a few summers back when I was here and then returned last night! I had seen a tweet during my very inactive twitter scrolling updates of one of my favorite bookish bloggers, Last Nights Reading, was going to be there and doing flash illustrations, RAD!
The night was really cool. They had an unexpected open bar and I had only had a cupcake in the last like 6 hours, so I was chatting and smiling and stoked to check everything out per being wine induced. There was a literary trivia and pictionary and cool scroll readings and most important, LAST NIGHTS READING WAS THERE!
But obviously my favorite part, was the author of Last Nights Reading, Kate Gavino, doing cool 'flash portraiture.' People were lined up waiting to sit with her for a few minutes, and then she did a quick doodle of everyone! I have been following her blog for about a year and I honestly invisioned my NYC move being the real life version of her blog; going to tons of readings, hearing cool snippets from authors I love, meeting random people that geek out over it too, so on. Its getting close, ( and I even told her this! And we talked about how someone needs to create a general one-stop website for book reviews and signings and she told me about one next week with Junot Diaz!) but last night was one of those moments where I was like 'fuck I live here! I can do stuff like this all the time!'
I snagged a button and a bookmark (she has a book coming out in a few days/weeks?) and got a neat portrait of myself!
I did chat with a few people who asked me what I do in publishing, which was funny that I was there as a spectator and not networking, but thats the really neat thing about New York City, you never feel like an outsider! The venue/bookstore is so beautiful and the lighting was so dreamy. Being drunk with others around used books is pretty magical. Thank. You. Twitter.