This might be the lamest blog post on the planet, but I am le tired following my adventure through Minneapolis, where I slept maybe 6 hours / night and went all day long to panels, discussions, presentations, and managed a few outings.
It was fabyuhluhs <3 to meet Katie in real life!! And I agree, no awkwardness at all. Totally like old pals.
Will post more when my brain resets, hopefully by tomorrow before it all disappears.
Truly, though, one of my favorite trips I’ve ever been on.
It began with coffee / hot chocolate with my family, and then a brisk walk through the 30 degree weather. BRR! But we made it back to the conference in time for me to attend a brief board meeting with some of the other honor society officers before my presentation. Today I presented my scifi (syfy?) story. People laughed at the right places, and seemed genuinely interested. I also think I fielded the moderator’s questions with poise and articulation.
Then I went to an hour-long Q&A session with NEIL GAIMAN! He was graious, honest, and hilarious. He talked a bit about twitter, his collaborations, and a myriad of other topics.
After that, I attended a panel on tutoring, hosted by some of good friends. They had excellent insights, and a lively discussion followed. From there, I raced to meet up with my mom and grandma, and we all went out to Manny’s, one of the top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. Holy cow (har har?) it was incredible. I had oysters and tenderloin carpaccio (raw, thin steak)… sooooooo good! For dessert we ordered the harmlessly titled “Brownie and Strawberries” which really should have been titled “The Kitchen Sink of Brownies with a Barrel of Whipped Cream and a Pound of Strawberries Drenched in Sticky Caramel and Warm Fudge”. Delicious! I took a picture, even, so I’ll post that soon.
We hightailed it back to the conference to hear Neil Gaiman speak formally. He read some of his poems about fairytales to us, and they were excellent. He then spoke about writing, and promised to share with us he rules of writing: there are no rules. There are some good ideas though. Write. And more importantly: finish. Good, solid advice, all delivered with his vaguely Snape-esque dead-pan.
I waited 45 minutes after he finished to have my copy of “American Gods” signed. While I waited in line, I chatted with some of my fellow attendees, and perhaps it was the length of the day that made us so goofy, but we had one of the funniest conversations I’ve ever had. And made plans to attend ComiCon in July together.
I expect tomorrow to be equally, if not more, exciting than today. I have another presentation, then we’re off to the Mall of America, where I will get to meet Katie!! Sadly I won’t have much time to spend with her, but some is better than none, eh? And then it’s back for the awards banquet. Keep your fingers crossed!
I do believe I’ve blogged about this before, but I am really not a traveler. You’d think I would have gotten used to it by now, but it just weighs me down. I’m glad to have another state to mark off my list though…
States I have Visited ( 27 / 50)
Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
+ Minnesota makes 28! Someday I will get to them all… I figure I can easily add the southern states on on extended road trip, but then I am missing random bits and pieces here and there. Most notably Washington state and Vermont. Whoops.
I received my first novel rejection form letter today. I’ve received many for my short stories but this was my first attempt to market my novel. Truly a stab in the dark - although I really like, and respect, this agency. Perhaps someday one of my novels will intrigue them… but not today.
In happier news, I am celebrating the first day of spring and the ancient Akitu Festival in conjunction with one of my classes. I’m also eagerly awaiting my Threadless tee shipment (due today) and my Twilight DVD (due tomorrow)!
Just finished HBP and DH within a week of one another. All around it’s been great to revisit Rowling’s world. I definitely made a lot more sense of the plot this time… but that could be because the first time I picked up DH was at 1 a.m. on the release night and I read straight through til 5 p.m. the following day. Stupid, but enormously fun.
I’ve just begun reading Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed American Gods. It’s nothing like that I’ve read by him - snipits of Stardust and The Graveyard Book - but altogether another beast entirely. Reminds me of Franzen, in a good way. I have yet to pass judgment on the book as I haven’t really gotten into the throes of the plot.
Katie & Allie: I hope you both feel better soon and I am sorry if I’ve intruded into your healing process. I’ve been a bit overeager lately; finishing the novel has given me a “no doors barred” sort of vibe. Good for me, bad for those around me, haha. Anyhow, if there’s anything I can do for either of you, let me know.
My sistor: I am soooo excited to have dinner with you tomorrow night! I miss you all the dang time even though you’re right here. Tis silly.
My boyfriend: For celebrating my novel completion with me (even though you don’t read “books”) and got being cutesy on gchat. Loves it!
My university buds: For picking me up today when I found out one of my short stories wasn’t selected for the Uni’s literary magazine. Life goes on - I will be published someday, and thank you for believing in me <3
The destroyer of all motivation: Video Games. I obviously enjoy being on the computer for solid lengths of time, but usually I am “working”, but that homework or writing/editing my novel. Since I received my new Asus computer last Friday, I’ve been updating it and installing things, keeping out of trouble mostly. I made the mistake yesterday of installing Sims 2 (which couldn’t run on my old lappy).
I lost 4 hours of my night. I have no idea where they went. If you find them, please return them to me.