August 7, 2011

Greetings from a Hot, Humid New York City and Carol Ann Moleti

Though it is best known for the bright lights, quirky people and places in the five boroughs of New York City, just a short drive to the north and you’re in the country. A few more hours, and you’re in ex-urbia.
I was born in Manhattan, raised in Da Bronx, and have spent most of my life losing the accent while holding onto the lessons learned in a place whose name is synonymous with urban decay and despair.
I still work in the heart of The Bronx, which pumps its lifeblood through my veins. Like most New York City residents, I traveled on the subways before I could walk. No better way to get around and no better entertainment value for the dollar, even though service disruptions are frequent and the challenges formidable.
Which is why I love to escape to the country whenever I get a chance, my most favorite upstate destination being Cazenovia, a lovely Central New York town with cornfields, cows, a lovely park, hometown parades, festivals, and cool, fresh air. Last fall, we watched a hunt club assemble.  Poking around the Ledyard mansion and grounds at the Lorenzo historic site, one can imagine herself as a character in an English garden or in the downright Gothic Dark Aisle.
When I’m not working or tending to my husband, three kids, dog, cat and garden, I’m writing. There are the things I must write: academic articles, the things I need to write: op-ed, and essays about health care, politics, and women’s issues, and the things I want to write: speculative fiction, especially paranormal romance and urban fantasy.
Where do I get my writing inspirations? Hey, I ride the subway, ya know. Plus, if you’ve ever stayed up all night working, you know that strange out of body experience that occurs at about four a.m. when alien life forms and strange creatures crawl out of the shadows.  Everything takes on a surreal dimension. There is rarely a day that goes by without a new scene, snippet of dialogue or story idea. Boulevard of Bad Spells and Broken Dreams was “conceived” and “gestated” on my daily commute to work (in The Bronx). Unfinished Business, my paranormal romance, was “born” one Fourth of July weekend upstate. While opening up a cottage and vacuuming up dead flies, the image of a woman finding a trunk of clothes in an attic popped into my head.
Time for a little fun. Where did I capture the image of the hen and her chicks? Hint: It’s not what you think. First one to answer correctly on this blog wins the choice of one of the anthologies featuring my work.

Now, a quick peek at my usual haunts: 
My favorite places to eat in New York City:
Any restaurant on Arthur Avenue, Little Italy of The Bronx.
Johnnie’s Reef, at the tip of City Island, The Bronx. 
My favorite things to do with the kids:
Visit The New York Zoological Society (aka The Bronx Zoo), The New York Aquarium and Coney Island Boardwalk (Brooklyn
My favorite Manhattan Destinations:
The Upper East Side, 96th Street off the Number 6 Local subway, for the 92nd Street Y, low key restaurants and plenty of local color and culture. 
My favorite escape:
The Catskills or Adirondack Mountains to hike, ski, canoe, kayak, relax, write.

Carole Ann Moleti is a nurse-practitioner, midwife, and lifelong New Yorker. The streets, subways, and emergency room cubicles are a rich source of inspiration not only for professional publications, op-ed and commentary, but also for her urban and paranormal fantasies.
Excerpts of Carole’s memoir, Someday I’m Going to Write a Book: Diary of an Urban Missionary, have appeared in Oasis Journal, Thanksgiving to Christmas: A Patchwork of Stories, This Path, and Noneuclidean CafĂ©. One, "Everything Must Go" was awarded Oasis Journal’s prize for best nonfiction in 2009.
She is a staff reviewer for the speculative fiction review venues Tangent Online and The Portal, and has also written for The Internet Review of Science Fiction and The Fix.

Free Reads –available on Carole Ann Moleti’s website on the News page http://carolannmoleti.com-worth the few clicks over. 
You’ll also find links to excerpts and buy links at her site plus links to all her fabulous blogs.  To reach her on Facebook, search Carole-Ann-Moleti.  She’s also got that so amusing Twitter.  

12 comments:

Susan Whitfield said...

Carol, what a fabulous tour of New York and your favorite spots. Thanks for sharing, and Annette, this tour of states is a sensational idea. I hope you get lots of traffic. I'm off to spread the word!

Debbie Kump said...

Carol, Thanks for sharing your experiences from the City (with an uppercase "C"). I grew up and went to college in Upstate NY where freshman orientation included activities like "cow milking" and "cow-chip bingo on the Ag Quad." Better yet, the Vet School had a "holey cow" where you could actually see through a hole into one of the cow's 4 stomachs. Still, I enjoy the excitement and nostalgia of New York City and look forward to going back in the future (especially to see the Ground Zero memorial). Best of luck with your writing!

Allison Knight said...

I married a boy from the Bronx, and when we were first married I worked in Manhattan. I loved your descriptions for I remember well my experiences in the Big City. Try imagining a small town girl who grew up partly on an Indiana farm and partly in the mountains of Colorado arriving in the City and having the manage the subway, the bus system, the train. What an experience!

Fran Orenstein said...

Thanks Carole-Ann for the nostalgic trip back to my childhood. I grew up in Brooklyn & the Bronx. Lived in Coney Island as a little kid and 5 blocks from Yankee Stadium as a kid and teen. Those days it was safe to ride the subways at 2 am, and I remember many a ride downtown to the 92nd St. Y with friends. I would hazard a guess that your photo was in one of the parks, Central perhaps or maybe the Bronx Botanical gardens.
Anyway, thank you again.

Carole Ann Moleti said...

Hi, all. Its nice to "meet" some new folks. I am going to upload more pictures to Facebook and will let you know when they're up.

Keep guessing on where I took the pictures of those chickens...

Debby said...

What a nice trip into New York. I think the chickens must be in your backyard or something like that. I used to work on West 125th street. Very interesting area.
debby236 at gmail dot com.

Pauline B Jones said...

My oldest loves NY. When she lived and worked there, we got to visit. Amazing city! Thanks for sharing!

Nora said...

Carol, I love NY so loved the recommendations. You did a great job of giving me a picture of daily life there since I usually there on a vacation.

Heidiwriter said...

I have loved visiting New York City, seeing plays, musicals, etc. (although, as they say, I wouldn't want to live there!) Some day I would enjoy seeing upstate New York. I think it would probably remind me of my home state of Montana a bit more!

Carole Ann Moleti said...

Good morning, everyone. I am uploading more pictures on my blog (http://caroleannmoleti.blogspot.com and my Facebook page (link in my blog and website).

No one has the right answer yet, BTW, so keep trying.

Carole Ann Moleti said...

I just uploaded more pictures of The Bronx and Manhattan on Facebook, Some are very funny, especially the one from E125th Street, Debby.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.214127115302901.52439.134991963216417

Enjoy!

Carole Ann Moleti said...

Just stopping in to let you know that no one has won the contest yet. So take a guess where I took the picture of the chickens and you'll win a copy of (your choice) one of the anthologies featuring my essays. HINT: It's not what you'd think.

There have been a lot of events in New York State. some weather related, in the last few months. Here are the relevant posts on my blogs:


Hurricane Irene:

http://caroleannmoleti.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-hurricane-irene-journal.html

http://cmoleticnm.blogspot.com

The tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001
my photo journal and retrodpective:

http://caroleannmoleti.blogspot.com/2011/09/ten-years-later-tread-lightly-on-our.html