So anyone who knows me knows that I am a big reader(read obsessive compulsive insane forgets to eat or drink or do anything else when in reading mode) ahem anywho one of my favorite authors is Neil Gaiman.
Way back in 03/04 a very good friend sent me a box of books, including Neverwhere and American Gods.
Neverwhere was the first book out of the box i read, and the first Neil Gaiman Novel I ever read…and it was obsession at first chapter.
No author I’ve ever read invites you so blatantly into the world he’s created, or turned a phrase so beautifully. I despise authors who put up a glass wall between you and their world, which is why i dislike Stephen king I want to immerse myself in a story lose myself touch and taste everything, the look but don’t touch approach doesn’t work for me.
So last night I attended a reading at symphony space in New york, part of their selected shorts series. It was a wonderous event.
I got into the city early as I was coming on the train from South Jersey, so I walked the 12 blocks from the venue to Barnes and Noble.
Where I got a Kate Spade Nook cover 75% off. already the beginnings of an epic day, on the way to and from Barnes and Noble people kept stopping me to compliment my outfit, NYC is seriously good for my self-esteem!
Once back I grabbed a sandwich and iced coffee from Starbucks and sat outside the venue to eat and wait, where I met several other Neil Fans and we discussed all of his works and Dr. Who and even fuchsia lipstick of which I was wearing :P.
It was so amazing to sit and meet people who are as passionate about reading as you are, something which I find hard to do. I know a lot of people who like to read, but not love it passionately in a soul consuming all encompassing sort of way.
The event itself was amazing four stories were read two by Neil and 2 by 2 other authors, The ones of Neil’s were two of my absolute favorites of his and I adored the one about the girl dating a writer who lost herself as he wrote her into characters it was absolutely brilliant.
At intermission they announced Neil was going to do a signing, I just about died, I had been twittering him the night before trying to find out if he was going to do one.
You see I have had a plan, for ages now to get the Niel Gaiman quote, “Dream Dangerously”, on my inner left wrist, but i can’t just get it tattooed no I want it in Neil’s own handwriting!
Waiting in line I met more amazing people and one very nice lady there with a friend got a book signed for me since there was a two item limit.
I got my boss a copy of Blueberry Girl and she had it signed for me so I could get my copy of neverwhere and a slip of paper for my tattoo signed.
When I told him the paper was for my tattoo he pulled out his good pen and made it all nice, I totally wanted to steal his pen I have such a thing for pens(if you have a really nice pen watch out I am a notorious pen thief)
Someone from the venue took a photo for me with my phone and I still cannot stop smiling.
Also I found out from my friend who was talking up girls in the lobby where the signing was that people thought I looked like a pin-up model!!!
Tonight I did a Photo cover for they 8 in 8 album of which Amanda palmer and Neil Gaiman are part of so that and pic of me and the man himself below!