Lynn arrived at my parents' house around 2:00ish. I still hadn't bought a freaking outfit, so we ran up to Target and she told me what was considered "cute" nowadays. So I bought that. Then we rushed into the car and headed towards Naperville. We rocked out to Britney Spears the whole freaking way, because that's what we do. We did end up getting lost on the way there and rolling through some unideal areas ("Quick. Don't look like you have money." "Right. Because the brand new Ford Fusion doesn't give that impression or anything.") After a lot of speeding (nobody in Illinois does the speed limit, so I hopped right on that trend!), we finally made it to Ted's Montana Grill, albeit about 20 minutes late.
Honestly, meeting all these bloggers was little putting on an old hoodie. It was comfortable. I mean, I talk to enough of them on Twitter every single day, so it was really like we were old friends. I knew it was going to be an awesome day when Anna was the first one to greet me with a huge hug. Lots of love for that Anna girl! So we all just sat around, talking about Dark Days, blogging, and books. Like I said, old hoodie. It's a good feeling to be around a bunch of bookish, like-minded people who aren't going to raise an eyebrow to you when you talk about how much you loved a YA book. Can I please hang out with you guys everyday?
After dinner, we headed over to Anderson's Bookshop, where it was sixteen million degrees and standing room only. That's fine. Our blogger group of about 14 dominated the back of the room and marked our territory with miscellaneous jackets, purses, and books. We're definitely a force to be reckoned with.
The Q&A was awesome and Jasmine and Lynn asked some really great questions. After that, we got the opportunity to get our books signed and chat with the authors a little bit. Honestly, authors are so freaking awesome because they're NORMAL PEOPLE. Who would've thought that ordinary folk like us could create entire worlds? Authors are totally celebrities to me, so I tried not to stumble over my words when it was our turn to go up there.
Claudia Gray, me, and Courtney Allison Moulton
After the signing, we browsed the shelves, walked around, and ultimately ended up sitting in a circle, taking up another massive piece of space. Anna and I were tweeting Carla (who may or may not have been partaking in some cocktails) and we wanted to salute her. We decided upon lyrics from one of the greatest songs of our generation, "Tipsy" by J-Kwon, which just so happened to be situationally appropriate. For Carla, at least.
Anna and myself
All in all, an extremely fun night. I got to hang out with some awesome bloggers, fabulous authors, and my IRLBFF. By the way, did I mention that I got to meet The Story Siren? I was pretty stoked about that. After all, she's only my blogging idol. Nicest person ever, by the way. And HILARIOUS.
Kristi and myself
Tara and me.. I was obviously way more excited to meet her than she was to meet me :)
Me and the single most awesome friend I've ever had for the last 15ish years.
I'm officially addicted to author signings and meeting bloggers. If you aren't following these people already, please do it now. They're pretty much the greatest on earth!
Lynn from Bringing the Epic
Anna from Anna Reads
Tara from Fiction Folio
Kristi from The Story Siren
Susan from Wastepaper Prose
Jasmine & Jacinda from Reading Housewives of Indiana
Erika from Moonlight Reviews
DJ from DJ's Life in Fiction
Heidi from YA Bibliophile
Stacy from Page Turners Blog
Go ahead. Ask us anything.