New York City: The Final Frontier?

My husband and I took a short trip up to New York City this past weekend. We met two guys from Israel on a cruise last year, and the amazing power of social media allowed us to keep in touch! When both of them were back on our side of the globe, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit them.

The view outside our hotel. Tall New York City is tall.
The view outside our hotel. Tall New York City is tall.

It was a short trip, filled with amazing chocolateHunger Games geekery, delicious food, and a strange case of life imitating art. But other than seeing our friends, the highlight of the trip was definitely our visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, specifically to see the space shuttle Enterprise!

Before I caught the writing bug in middle school, I was a huge nerd. Okay, you’ve got me–I’m still a totally huge nerd. But back then, I started out as a space nerd. Went to Space Camp three times. Loved Star Trek. The whole shebang.

I’ll admit it. I got a little teary-eyed when we walked into the pavilion to see the Enterprise. It was a moment. However, I’d already seen the mock-up shuttles at Kennedy Space Center and in Huntsville, Alabama, so I still knew what to expect. My husband, on the other hand, totally ruined the moment by exclaiming, “It’s so big!”

It’s something, alright.

Sadly, the lighting in the pavilion was terrible. But I promise there's a huge grin on my face.
Sadly, the lighting in the pavilion was terrible. But I promise there’s a huge grin on my face.
A better side view.
A better side view.
...It's behind me, isn't it?
…It’s behind me, isn’t it?

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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