Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hop on the Bus, Gus

I leave tomorrow for Thrillerfest.

It’s my last big promotional event for the summer, and I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of cyberpals in the flesh, as well as making a lot of new friends. I’ll socialize at the cocktail parties (and in the bar), I’ll learn stuff attending panels, and I’ll plug my book at the Debut Authors Breakfast on Saturday morning (if you’re going to Thrillerfest, please stop by and say hi!).

When I went to New York in May for BookExpo America, I drove and stayed with relatives in New Jersey. This time, I’ll be staying in the heart of the action so I don’t need my car (there’s no place to park it anyway).

How will I get to NYC? I could take a plane or a train, but I opted for…a bus.

Yes. I am taking the bus to NYC. It’s one of those DC-NYC buses that has become popular the last few years (sometimes called the Chinatown bus). There are about ten (maybe more, maybe less) different bus lines that service the route. Their attraction? Low prices! And convenience! And WiFi! And electrical outlets!

One other definite advantage to not driving: I can get some work done. I plan on revising/editing my WIP en route. Four and half hours (each way) to work—yay!

I’m a simple man and I never shy away from public transportation, so I’m psyched for the trip. I’ll let you know how it goes. (And I’ll let you know how Thrillerfest is, too!)


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11 comments:

Mary said...

Buses have sure changed since my college days! Then again so have computers. haha
Enjoy the ride and the fest.

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Crystal Clear Proofing said...

Alan I know you'll have a great time on that bus, but enjoy the Thrillerfest too! :)

Sounds fun. Looking forward to *hearing* (reading?) how things went!

Margot Kinberg said...

Alan - Have a safe and enjoyable trip! I know exactly what you mean about getting the chance to work while you're on the bus, too... Oh, and I love the title of your post : ).

Mason Canyon said...

Good luck and have fun at Thrillerfest.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Elspeth Antonelli said...

There is Wi-Fi on buses now? I had no idea. Have fun on your great adventure.

Alan Orloff said...

Mary - Yeah, a lot of things have changed since college. Sigh.

Online - Thanks for stopping by. I was thinking about going to Mumbai from NYC. How long does that bus trip take?

Crystal - Thanks. As long as the AC is working, I'll be fine.

Margot - Thanks. I saw Paul Simon a few years ago--he was pretty good.

Mason - Thanks. I'm really only going so I can get some work done on the bus :)

Elspeth - I think I'm going to leave my laptop at home, so I can REALLY get some work done!

Ingrid King said...

Have fun at Thrillerfest. Can't wait to hear the bus report. I take the train when I go to NYC, but I keep hearing that the bus is a really great alternative.

Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

Have fun at Thriller Fest. And I love public transportation for the same reason you cite - time to work, relax, read!

Jonz Theroux said...

Have a fun time !!!!

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