one of my flatmates is new to new york city, so i took her up to the city today — we went to the chelsea market and walked up the high line then over to broadway and down to union square where we ate lunch, got more coffee, and dropped by the strand before hopping on the train to k-town to go to the korean market. all in all, it was a pretty full day, i say, but not too full, with just enough walking and awesome weather and two delightful cappuccinos — and, hey, i’ve got beans! which is exciting, yes, because i recently acquired a cold brew coffee pot!
i like it when i’ve got friends visiting (or, in this case, freshly relocated) because it gives me an excuse to visit my favourite places. i mean, sure, i (obviously) never need an excuse (or reason) to visit the strand or walk the high line, but it’s nice to make a thing of it because i like the intentionality of sharing favourite spaces (and books and music and food) with people i like. there’s also an added layer of fun when you’re with someone who’s discovering a familiar space for the first time. or maybe i’m over-sentimentalising all of this. whatever, it’s nice; i like it; so there!
as far as people go, it’s been a really good three-four weeks. i’ve been able to spend more time with a circle of really awesome people, and i’m so grateful that i’ve been able to get to know them better, to see them more than once a week and talk and make plans and get excited for the autumn and the next academic calendar year. it’s also so awesome to have so many more creative people in my life, people who are excited about the things they’re doing and creating while also, yes, struggling with decisions that have to do with financial and more “practical” concerns, and that’s been a quiet encouragement, one i didn’t really think about it until i sat down and, well, thought about it. it’s amazing how much of a difference it makes to have like-minded people in your life.
anyway, still rewriting a story for my collection, still editing, still going at it but feeling generally pretty good about things. i’m terribly excited for this book, and i should also start researching agencies and agents in the city, and a friend offered to send my book to her uncle who teaches creative writing, and and and i just feel like i’m in a steady place right now, and i’m incredibly grateful for it.