Greetings from the Big Apple

Oh my gosh, I’m in New York City for the annual Romance Writers of America conference. This was my view the morning I took off–that’s my husband waiting for me to actually get into the truck so that he can drive me to the airport. I’m sure the cows behind the truck are waving goodbye.

And this is my view today. It’s just a little different, but I love the energy of the city.

Going to Conference is a big deal for me. I meet with my editors and fellow authors, take classes and get ideas for my next stories. I always come home excited and ready to tackle at least three or four new projects. Reality will eventually settle in and I’ll pare my project list down to one or two, but I always learn something new about my craft and I get to connect with other writers. In fact, Kit Morgan and I met for the first time on an airplane flying to the RWA Conference several years ago. I was writing on my laptop on the plane, and she asked if I was going to RWA. We had a great talk, and now we’re fellow Fillies. (Try saying ‘fellow fillies’ fast three times.The conference starts tomorrow, so today my daughter and I ate pizza and went to Macy’s. They still have wooden escalators between some of the floors. 

It’s also the location of one of my favorite Christmas movies. 

Later in the week we plan to take in a Broadway show and see some museums when we aren’t busy with the business of writing. And the lovely part is that as the conference winds down, I’m usually pleasantly exhausted and ready to go home to my cowboy and the cows and my keyboard. The city is fun, conference is exhilarating, but there really is no place like home.

Jeannie Watt
Jeannie Watt raises cattle in Montana and loves all things western. When she's not writing, Jeannie enjoys sewing, making mosaic mirrors, riding her horses and buying hay. Lots and lots of hay.


  1. Good morning Jeannie from Kansas. I hope you have fun. I agree there is no place like home, especially if you live in the country with cattle and serenity.
    Have fun In The big apple and enjoy seeing your fellow writers. If you catch a broadway show which one do you want to see?.
    Be safe up there and safe travels back to your Cowboy.

    1. Thank you Tonya! I’m going to see Mean Girls. I love Tina Fey and she wrote the play, so I’m excited to see it.

  2. Good Morning from Alabama and yes I have a terrible southern twang. I went to BLC this year in New Orleans and plan to go to Nashville for it next year I have been to RTC in 14 and 17 I love to get to me authors. Hope you have a blast at the conference

    1. Thank you Glenda! Love the twang! I’m glad to you get to see the authors because authors love to see readers.

  3. Enjoy your time it the big city but you will want to be back home before the week is out. Nothing like living in the country. Have fun at the conference.

    1. You are so right. I’m already a little homesick, but enjoying all the energy. So many people!

  4. Have fun but nothing like the wide, open spaces of country!

    1. Thank you, Melanie. You’re so right about the wide open spaces.

  5. Yes, the cows were waving goodbye and mooing you good wishes on your trip. Have a wonderful trip.
    From Minnesota, it is a glorious morning to welcome another God given day. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you, Kathy! So glad you’re having great weather in Minnesota. My cows say hello. 🙂

  6. Going to RWA NY has always been on my bucket list. I should have made it happen, but I’m living vicariously through you and so many of my sister authors. Life too short not to enjoy the good things in life. Having your daughter there makes it all even better!.

    Enjoy, enjoy!

    1. I’ll do that, Pam. Thank you!

  7. Have a good time. I would love to visit NYC some time. It looks like a fun place to be.

    1. There is so much to see, Janine, that it kind of boggles the mind–but in a good way.

  8. Born and raised on the other side of the river in New Jersey. Got to see NYC a few times when I was growing up it has changed a lot in the last 50 years.

    1. I know! I look at photos and movies from the seventies and the changes are amazing!

  9. Good morning! Have a great time! I have to admit, NYC is NOT a place on my bucket list!! Way too crowded for me!!

    1. HI Trudy–It is crowded, but the food makes the crowds worthwhile. 😉

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    You really did experience two completely different worlds in a day! I went to Macy’s in NYC specifically to ride on the wooden escalators and that was 31 years ago. It’s awesome that they can still maintain/maintenance them. My trip there was fast and furious so I wish I could go again someday. A couple of my friends and I flew to NYC to help a friend move back to Texas. She had had enough of the big city life. I wish there were aspiring writers conferences that authors put on workshops/classes and there were lots of events to mingle with authors. How fun would that be!?!? Have a blast in the Big Apple!

    1. How cool that you went to see the escalators. They are neat. There are a lot of aspiring authors in RWA, and there are classes and chances to mingle with authors. The conference is spendy, though. My first was in Reno in 2005 and I wasn’t published then.

  11. Have fun in NY! Thanks for sharing these fun photos!

  12. Hello. Have fun in NYC at the conference and with your daughter. That is so cool about the escalators. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  13. Thank you, Lori. We are having fun. It’s nice to be able to spend time with my daughter, since we don’t live close.

  14. Enjoy yourselves. I hope you have enough extra time to do all you would like to.

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