|My bags before I left and my scarf to make it my own.|
Part of my fear arose from my fear of flying. It’s not really that bad when I am flying with someone else, but I had this extreme anxiety of boarding that plane all alone. TSA was also a major cause for anxiety. The plane was a little cramped and I should have chosen an aisle seat and not a window one, but aside from that, my fears were unfounded and I psyched myself out for no reason. Aside: this is usually the case with almost everything I do.
Giselle from Xpresso Reads cabbed it to the airport to pick me up, and I got to meet some of her family and her cousin, Micheline from Lunar Rainbows. It was awesome to meet them both! We waited a VERY long time for a cab only to find out there was a taxi stand right across the street that probably would have saved us a lot of time. But that’s neither here nor there, and we made it back to the hotel and changed quickly to go out for a little while and hit Times Square. Besides the Javits Center itself, this was pretty much the only other part of New York I saw that is a major landmark. There just was no time for that after the long exhausting days at BEA.
|Times Square is crazy.|
|And full of lights and advertisements.|
To be honest, Times Square was kind of underwhelming. Dan had always told me this–that it was a complete tourist trap, things are overpriced, and once you see it, 5 minutes later you are like ‘meh’, and he was completely right. Don’t get me wrong. It was nice to check that off the list and everything, but when I go back, I’d much rather see something with substance. I’m that kind of girl.
|Visiting Times Square is a lot like this.|
In hindsight, I should not have gone at all because with all the walking the following day, my feet could not handle it and crapped out on me, resulting in me completely missing Day 2 of BEA and I still have not gotten over that. It’s not like I didn’t get enough books (I did really well), I just feel like I missed out on all the fun. But let me tell you, had I gone, I am sure I would have been in the ER. Not even kidding about that. My bones were bruised in my ankles and heels, and my feet were loaded with blisters. I could walk about ten feet before my legs gave out. And I can’t even blame my shoes. They were orthopedic! I just have really shitty feet and I need to go open toed all the way next time. I will buy the same brand but in sandals. But before I get TOO far ahead of myself, I still have to go WAY back to Day one still.
|View out my hotel room. North Bergen is UGLY.|
I don’t even know for sure when I took that Jersey photo, but BLECK. I know South Jersey doesn’t look like that. SO MUCH industry and factories and garbage in North Jersey. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT? Oh, and we are all staying in NYC next time. It’s worth it to pay a little more for the convenience. Having to wait for a cab and bus it back every day was a ridiculous pain in the ass (not to mention incredibly hilly)and ended up being pretty expensive. We were one of the few that stayed in NJ, and never again. The hotel was pretty nice though and had just been renovated in black marble and stainless steel fixtures.
So we took a cab through the Lincoln Tunnel and arrived at Javits pretty quickly. I took an empty roller bag and a tote but I didn’t really need the tote as they were located on the floor everywhere. Just grab one and go. They practically shove them in your arms anyway.
|Christina and I before the Harlequin Teen Blogger Breakfast.|
We didn’t have to wait in the long line on the first day as we had a Harlequin TEEN breakfast to go to. Everyone in our group was invited to this and I think we were all honored to be there. It was my first experience in the presence of authors, and I was a bit starry eyed. The authors spoke first and discussed who they were and their books, and then they did a round robin thing where they came around to the tables and we asked them whatever we wanted. A lot of the HT staff did this too and so we got to talk to the editors and ask questions about acquisitions and NetGalley and the like. It was awesome.
|Elizabeth Scott, Julie Kagawa, Katie McGarry, Amanda Sun, and Senior Editor
Ummmm…I got to hug Julie Kagawa. AND IT WAS AWESOME. I always swore I would never fangirl over an author. But dude, my eyes teared up a little. I just could not help myself. Oh, and we got copies of all of their books, and I had Julie sign my copy of The Eternity Cure and Katie signed Pushing the Limits and Dare You To and I am now determined to read them because I have heard so much and she was so nice. So were Elizabeth Scott and Amanda Sun. You could tell that Amanda was still getting used to all the popularity and excitement and it was kind of adorable, to be honest. Oh, and the danishes and fruit were fab. It was just the pick me up I needed before I started my busy day on the show floor.
|Me and Steph Sinclair of Cuddlebuggery fame before we hit the BEA show floor.|
Then we entered the staging area with all the publisher booths and the madness began. And when I say madness, I mean madness. It was overwhelming and crazy and just…WOW. I guess to someone who has been to BEA before, they are probably used to it. But my eyes bugged out like
|This is an image of me at BEA. No, really.|
|This was Bloomsbury’s drop schedule. I am still crying over my missed opportunity to grab
Hostage Three. Please approve me on NetGalley, lovely people of Bloomsbury!
At this time I have decided to break this up into two posts, and part 2 will be coming tomorrow. This has just gotten too long and I really want to be able to share and talk about it ALL with you next year so you can be prepared when you decide to go. And you must. BEA is not to be missed. Regardless of whatever ailments you have, suck it up and just do it. I did and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I have already started planning for next year. And if the husband knows what is good for him, he will let me go. But before I leave you today, I have one last photo to make your head explode.
|THIS is suitcase row. And this is one of like THREE or FOUR areas where people park their suitcases.
It is bananas. And also the best thing ever. Everything about BEA is the best thing ever.
Until Part 2 tomorrow, happy reading, or whatever it is you are doing. EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!