Last night Liz and I headed to Sambuca's, a yummy family style Italian restaurant on 72nd and Central Park West to meet up with some long lost friends.
Authors Alesia Holiday (aka Alyssa Day) and Barb Ferrer (aka Caridad) and their two precious, adorable children were in town so the kids could attend Broadway camp. (How fun is that?) Author Cindy Holby (aka Colby Hodge, since everyone seems to have a second name here!) was also in town and joined us for the dinner.
We scarfed an enormous dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, which was delicious, and the grown-ups talked while the kids drew manga in their notebooks. (They're both super creative and talented.)
After dinner we picked up my dog and headed to Cold Stone for some ice cream. Then we walked over to Central Park to work off some of those calories. It was sooo good to catch up - I hadn't seen Alesia or Barb for quite some time as they weren't at RT this year. I missed them!!
The dinner really reminded me of how important it is to have good writer friends. So often in this business people who you think are supporting you are actually busy stabbing you in the back or at least wishing for your failure. So it's tempting to just dismiss everyone and try to go at it on your own. But at the same time, you really need friends who understand the business. Then, when you have a triumph or failure, you'll have people you can cheer or cry to that understand what the heck it is you're talking about. :) So I consider myself really lucky to have that in these talented ladies. We're in this crazy business together!