This was a free day–I slept in late and then visited one of my favorite shops in the Big City, a little nook called, “The Ink Pad”. As you might guess, this is a rubber stamp store, but there are other intriguing art supplies available there, too. Once I’d made my purchases, I taxied back to the hotel–the Westin, on Times Square–dumped the goodies out on my bed, and started playing.
Lovely, lovely flowers arrived from my agent, Irene Goodman, and from Harlequin, my publishers. I also bought a big bouquet of peonies at a corner market, along with a simple glass vase to hold them.
By the way, a “few drinks” was two glasses of red wine for me, two cocktails for Wendy, and diet cola for Jenni, though she did sample a mixed drink later on.
I stayed in on Tuesday evening, enjoying room service, and went to bed early.
Jumping to today, I’m having another good writing day–yeehaw! There is a gorgeous bouquet of peonies, from my own garden, lighting up my office, and an Aramaic meditation CD is playing on my Bose. Aramaic, of course, is the language Jesus spoke, and even though I don’t understand a word of it, it certainly resonates. Did you know that prayer and meditation are good for your brain, physically as well as spiritually? I’ve been reading a book called “How God Changes Your Brain”, and it’s fascinating. I expected it to be religiously oriented, but it’s scientific instead. I highly recommend it.
I’ve also been reconsidering my decision not to offer one of my favorite, favorite books as a prize on this blog–Janet Conner’s “The Lotus and the Lily”. It’s SO good, so helpful, and so original, and I’m convinced it is changing my life. Arranged into 30 daily readings, the book draws interesting parallels between Buddhism and Christianity, but it’s really NOT controversial. The author makes no effort to sway the reader toward one faith or the other, but simply draws very interesting comparisons–there are indeed a number of similarities. So watch for a contest coming up soon.
For entertainment, I’m reading William Martin’s, “The Lincoln Letter”, and I can barely put it down! Again, the word ‘parallel’ comes to mind–the chapters alternate between the viewpoints of a young lieutenant in the Union Army, serving in the War Department’s telegraph office and often interacting with Lincoln, and the viewpoints of a modern scholar named Peter Fallon and his lady friend, Evangeline. Naturally, there are connections between the two story lines, and the writing is crisp, descriptive and very compelling. I’m going to hate finishing this book–I don’t want it to be over. Dan Brown’s “Inferno” awaits, along with Louise Penny’s, “A Trick of the Light.” (My good friend, Jean Barrington, recommended this author, and I’m eager to dive in.)
It’s time to get back to my story–tune in tomorrow, probably in the late afternoon, for another New York installment.
In the meantime, be well.