Ahem.... sorry, I'm just a little.... excited (freaking out). So let me explain:
Ally Carter, my FAVORITE author...ever, ( wrote the Gallagher Girl and Heist Society series), was touring in the west a couple weeks ago, and would be visiting Provo Utah. Problem was, I did't live in Utah. In fact, I live about four and a half hours away from Utah (... by plane). Luckily, it just so happened that my older brother was going to school in Utah, and he just so happened to live in PROVO Utah, and he just so happened to have a membership to the Provo City library.
So I sent him my copy of Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (my favorite book ... which I mentioned in the last post) and instructions to go get it signed at her signing session on July 24th (... please). And then I waited.
And then holy crap, I looked at the calender and it was July 25th!!!!!!!
Since my brother had told me to remind him about the meeting ( and I ... forgot....) I started panicking and thinking I had missed my opportunity to COMPLETE AWESOMENESS. So after preparing myself for the worst, I called my brother.
And found out that HE GOT THE BOOK SIGNED!!!!!!!
.... And that I had to wait two more weeks to get it from him.
So I waited.
And then we flow out to Utah for a family reunion, and I met up with my brother.... and he forgot the book at his house. Which we didn't have time to visit. And so we went the next day... but were to busy playing with his new kittens to get the book. And then we were to busy to go back to his house the next day.
Finally, we went back to his house to get his suitcase, and were so busy smuggling one of the kittens into the car ( long story...), that we would have left with out the book, BUT, I happened to remember it and ran back to get it.
And THAT, is how my life was made complete, and I got a signature from Ally Carter ( with MY NAME!!!!!)
S0, the reason I'm telling you this? (other than the fact that my family wasn't nearly as excited as I am about this) DON'T GIVE UP.
I could have looked at the touring locations and thought that I lived too far away, that it was hopeless. Or when I found out that you had to buy tickets for the event ( a week ago), I could have decided that there was nothing I could do. But no, I wanted that signature, an dang nab it, I WAS GOING TO GET IT!
And that is how we need to be with our books. If someone says that they don't like something about our book, we don't drop it. If we realize that we got A LOT of work to do to make it better, than we DO IT. And if an agent turns us down, then we listen to their advice, make our story better, an try again ( but maybe with another guy).
And then, when all out work is done, our patience is tried, and that book appears on the shelf, we freak out. A lot. Kinda like I did when I finally held this book :)
So, has anything ever happened to you that made your day... or your life? Or was there something that you tried very hard to make happen, but then at the last minute, it didn't work out (or at least seemed like it wouldn't)? Or is there something completely random you'd like to say? Comment below!