A few pictures and words from and about my holiday to New York.

Just as a change of pace, and because I said I would, this post is regarding my trip to New York! with my mates Paul and Leigh from 18.06.15 – 29.06.15.

It was a brilliant trip and I’d like to thank Leigh for organising it and being spot on with the directions and ideas for places to go while we were there. When I got back I immediately knew that I wanted to go back there at some point. To live. And eat pancakes and doughnuts and burgers and drink ale and learn how to drive just so I can beep and swear at people. Well, I don’t think I’d like to live there as I love Manchester to much but I would like to learn to drive specifically to let out my anger on the streets of New York!. On one occasion, I did see someone, who looked like he had the right to complain about the taxi in fronts driving, shout Get out of the way you f*ckin idiot! n a thick New York! accent. I made sure to wait until he drove off before laughing because I’ve heard and seen that on TV but to see it in real life was cool. Along with this, we went to a baseball game (the game ended New York! Yankees 10 vs Philadelphia Phillies 2), drank many beers in our New York! local The Ginger Man http://www.gingerman-ny.com/, walked EVERYWHERE, went to the Freedom Tower, Wall Street, took the Staten Island ferry, went to Soho, chilled in Central Park, had one of the best nights out I’ve ever had when we went out in Brooklyn, and did many many more things on top of that. But for right now these are just a few of the pictures I took while we were there. Hope you enjoy them and have a nice day.

Times Square. Always busy. Always cool.

Times Square. Always busy. Always cool.

Me in Times Square. This was on the first full day after we arrived.

Proof I was in Times Square. This was on the first full day after we arrived.

Inside Madison Square Garden. I was well giddy when I saw this. Memorabilia from the first Wrestlemania held at the Garden.

Inside Madison Square Garden. I was well giddy when I saw this. Memorabilia from the first Wrestlemania held at the Garden.

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Jews control everything apparently. Who knew?

Jews control everything apparently. Who knew?

Ghostbusters Headquarters. Brilliant.

Ghostbusters Headquarters. Brilliant.

Coney Island. Lovely place to relax and chill. However, I managed to burn my back and there is now a hand print, my own, in sun tan where I put some sun cream on just the places I could reach.

Coney Island. Lovely place to relax and chill. However, I managed to burn my back and there is now a hand print, my own, in sun tan where I put some sun cream on just the places I could reach.

Washington Square Park.

Washington Square Park.

In Washington Square Park. Me taking a picture of Leigh (white shirt) taking a picture of Paul taking a picture of me. For no reason at all.

In Washington Square Park. Me taking a picture of Leigh (white shirt) taking a picture of Paul taking a picture of me. For no reason at all.

Top of the Rock. Proof I was actually there.

Top of the Rock. Proof I was actually there.

Pretty much each view you can get from the top of the Rockefeller Center is awesome. This was one of them.

Pretty much each view you can get from the top of the Rockefeller Center is awesome. This was one of them.

Across the Brooklyn Bridge. Again but this time with the bridge getting involved.

Across the Brooklyn Bridge. Again but this time with the bridge getting involved.

Across the Brooklyn Bridge. The views were spectacular when we finished crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

Across the Brooklyn Bridge. The views were spectacular when we finished crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

Across the Brooklyn Bridge. This one is a personal favourite. Managed to get the sun shining through as we went back over the bridge.

Across the Brooklyn Bridge. This one is a personal favourite. Managed to get the sun shining through as we went back over the bridge.

And…I didn’t enter the competition after all.

Hello

So, it’s been a month or so since my last post. It could and probably should not have taken me this long to post again but here we are. After I posted on 06.06.15, I was getting geared up for a holiday to New York! For any of you who have been there I’m sure you can understand why I would be preoccupied. I went away with my two good friends Paul and Leigh for 10 nights and it was amazing. I’ll blog and brag about it another day. But for now…

The competition I was going to enter, http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/the-bfs-short-story-competition-2015/, was to close for entries on 30.06.15. Now, I was well on my way to finishing the edit for my story when the edit decided to get bigger. And then I told my girlfriend about the story and she brought up two points which I thought I had covered but as it turned out I hadn’t covered them well enough.

With all this in mind I decided not to enter the competition after all.

I did not come to this decision lightly. I knew that if I entered a story I wasn’t happy with it would have annoyed me for a daft amount of time. I will instead complete the edit and post the story in two parts on this blog and maybe www.critiquecircle.com for some more feedback. If you would like a summary of the story, please go to the following link https://johnrsermon.com/2015/06/06/finally-one-of-my-plans-is-working/ and seek out the third paragraph of that post and a summary shall be yours!

When I got back from New York! I allowed myself a few days to recover before I started writing again. When I did start again I decided to just work on my newest short story. Now, I considered starting back on the edit but the story had been rolling around in my head every time I tried to go to sleep while I was on holiday in New York! So, when I got back I wanted to try and take a full break from that so I can continue the edit with a fresh(ish) pair of eyes later on. I’ve kept up with the coming home from work and writing deal and the short story is swimming along nicely. Although, I have introduced eight more characters but I’m building the story so all is in hand. Hopefully. I will start back on my edit next week and look to change from edit to writing. Writing to editing. Week after week. And see where it takes me.

Ok. That’s me for now. I hope you all have a good week of writing and whatever else you decide to do.

Bye