Thursday, June 10, 2010

Still Alive

Oh my god, you guys! I have SO MUCH to tell you. First of all, we did get an intern! She's a friend of a friend, and she is SO MUCH HELP. She only works two days a week, but they are my busiest two days and she just makes everything run so much more smoothly. I'm still busy and working late most nights, but at least I have a little help on the most stressful days. AND, I have a half day off tomorrow (if I can get out of here at lunchtime!) and I plan to take Supergirl to the movies. I'm really looking forward to that.

Secondly, I met Richard Russo! He came to North Carolina for a reading and book signing, and he was so incredibly nice. He took lots of audience questions, and was gracious enough to take questions in the book signing line. I asked him a question in the signing line and he laughed and answered my question and told me a little story about his family. He was awesome. Such a genuinely nice man. And look, I met a famous author and managed not to piss him off! Major accomplishment, that. I did miss Jen Lancaster's NC signing due to house issues (as in, the stove caught fire and the well pump broke and my house had no water ON THE SAME DAY), but we won't dwell on that. I don't even want to know what was wrong with that day. Two days later, just after we got the water fixed, lightning struck our house for the third or fourth time. No major damage this time, it just burned out a few light bulbs. So what I'm saying is that you REALLY don't want to come visit.

8 comments:

Jess said...

Ooh, this is all so awesome! Except the house stuff. That is No Fun. Sorry to hear about that.

Shelly Overlook said...

Dude, I am SO filled with envy. Richard Russo? WOW! Straight Man is one of my all time favorites. No other book has ever made me laugh out loud so hard. I saw him give a reading once but to MEET HIM?

Is Marshall going to be jealous?

Shelly said...

Jess - Yeah, the house stuff sucked, but we got it all fixed within a weekend, so it wasn't even that horrible. Thanks!

Shelly said...

Shelly - He was SO NICE. I asked him about the trend in his books for the protaganist to have a difficult, overbearing mother and how that came to be one of his themes. He said that he came from a family of strong women and told me about his maternal grandmother and how she was the glue that kept his family together. He said that his grandpa took him aside one day and told him, "You have two ways you can go with your grandmother. You can do it her way, or you can wish you had." And we both just cracked up laughing. SUCH a nice guy.

I think Marshall knows that I would totally come to a reading or book signing if he came to NC!

d e v a n said...

oooh, how exciting!

Pickles and Dimes said...

Um, is your house cursed or something? ;)

That is so cool about Richard Russo! We met Vince Flynn once and he was totally awesome. I think Jason has a man crush on him - hee!

Shelly said...

devan - thanks!

Shelly said...

Shauna - I sometimes think our house IS cursed. Or something else.

Oh, that's awesome! I love it when famous people turn out to be really nice.