Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer
I am feeling even more busy than usual. So this will be fairly brief.
Two excellent book events this past week to report to you.
The first was Jessamyn Hope’s lovely launch (for Safekeeping, her debut novel) at Brooklyn’s Book Court. (I am told that the recipe for the specialty cocktail for the evening, “The Safekeeper,” will soon be made available.) The crowd was terrific (and the books sold out!).
The second was a terrific discussion between Jessamyn and another Fig Tree Books author, Jon Papernick, expertly moderated by Wayne Hoffman, at BookCulture on Columbus Avenue in Manhattan (where the accompanying photo was snapped). Après-event drinks and snacks nearby were generously provided by Mitchell Waters, the agent who represents both Jessamyn and Jon.
It’s really something to see the authors talk about their books with the readers in these settings. Having read earlier versions back when I joined Fig Tree Books last summer, I’ve had to wait some months to enjoy these public discussions of the finished works (it has been worth the wait!). Bonus: These events marked my first visits to the respective bookstores: I loved them both, and I’ll be going back!
Running Around the Reservoir
I’m by no means the first person to realize that some of my best writing ideas arrive and/or seem to grow most healthily when I’m out for a jog. A few days ago, while so engaged, I came up with an idea for a poem that I am extremely eager to tackle (a bit of research is required first).
But wait—there’s more! With my nifty, still-new iPhone, I’m also continuing to enjoy the opportunity to snap photos while I’m away from my desk. Above, a view from the north side of Manhattan’s Central Park reservoir as I glimpsed it yesterday morning.
Finally: a practical question. Anyone have any ideas why Dropbox might not be sync-ing between my desktop and laptop? It would be most helpful if I could solve this problem before I leave for a conference this weekend. Wish me luck! And thank you!