Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Bloomington, MN and the home of Bethany House Publishing. I had only visited once before, back in 2009, right after I signed my first publishing contract. In January. With snow piled higher than I was tall along the sides of the roads. This time, the sun was shining and temps were in the mid-sixties. It was a glorious visit.
And not just because of the weather.
We had an excellent sales and marketing meeting where I got a fabulous idea for a Christmas present to my readers . . . stay tuned for more information on that in the future, and a handful of editorial meetings where Dave Long and Jessica Barnes helped me brainstorm an upcoming novella project as well as discuss future novel possibilities. (Those kinds of meetings are always a little nerve-wracking for me, but Dave and Jessica were wonderfully supportive and encouraging.)
My agent, Rachelle Gardner, flew out to join me for the first day of the visit, and it was great to spend time with her again. We didn’t have a lot of one-on-one time, but she proved a great asset during our marketing meeting.
Now, you might recall my recent post on my love of waterfalls (you can see it here). Well, apparently, my editor also happened to see that post and, since the weather was so beautiful, surprised me with a trip to Minnehaha Falls in the heart of Minneapolis. Compared to the lovely trickles in Georgia my husband and I viewed, this was a raging rampage – and gorgeous!
The colors were just beginning to change as you can see in the picture on the left of the river past the falls.
Then, for dinner that evening, they treated Rachelle and I to a great local diner that specialized in savory waffles. For the record I would like to mention that Jessica, Rachelle, and I all dared to try the waffle. Dave opted for the hamburger. Here is the menu description of the waffle: Pumpkin, currant + Swiss waffle, red onion jam, pear allspice butter, spicy pumpkin seeds, bacon lardoons (which were 2-inch square hunks of bacon, by the way), sunny-side egg, maple syrup, powdered sugar. I must say that I was feeling very adventurous – a bit like one of my heroines, I would like to think. (LOL). I wasn’t a big fan of the red onion jam, but I ate nearly everything else. It was so unique and flavorful.
On the way to the airport, the marketing team took me to lunch at an elegant spot where we talked about Amy Green’s penchant to break out into show tunes, Steve Oates’s garden turned mud flat, and Noelle Buss’s upcoming wedding (only days away!). It was such a lovely time. 🙂
So, what is the most interesting local food you’ve ever tried?