There are going to be some changes happening around this blog. The biggest one is that as of today, I'll only be posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I took this last week off from blogging because I discovered something alarming: I cared more about my blog about writing than I did about the writing itself. I wasn't taking the time to work on my novel because all of my free time was spent being a good blogger (posting, commenting, etc), and that worried me. So...Tuesdays and Thursdays only now. And the subject matter is going to gravitate back to writing and reading YA (although I may occasionally throw in a post on life in general every once in a while).
In other news...I met John Green last night! It was a pretty surreal experience, considering he's only existed in vlog format up until now. I tried to take some pictures to document it, but he couldn't pose for pictures during the signing (there were between 700 and 800 people there, so he was far too busy to stop signing), and all my pictures of the show ended up being really washed out because of the stage lighting. But believe me when I say that it was EPIC.
There were puppets, and costumes, and bright blue shoes, and songs about quarks and Harry Potter, and a shocking device, and so much hilarity. One of my favorite moments of the evening happened before the event even started. We were all standing outside, and Hank came out to say hello (John's brother, for those of you who don't know). The entire crowd went dead quiet, and then one girl screamed, "Oh my gosh, it's Hank!" And then mass amounts of screaming erupted and he ran back inside. It was awesome. :)
I met a lot of really cool Nerdfighters there, most of whom didn't believe me when I told them I was 24 and had a husband (even John Green thought I was only 16, and told me he would be a terrible bouncer at a club, because I definitely didn't look 24. Cue beet-red-blushing-with-lots-of-thanks.) I was in signing group I, which would have meant waiting through 500 people, but this nice 14-year-old boy with an extra ticket for group E gave it to me, which made my night. I hugged him. :) And there was a girl, R, who was REALLY outgoing and chatted my ear off in the signing line (which was kind of overwhelming for an introvert like me), but by the time I got my books signed, I was enjoying talking to her. Progress!
I am now the proud owner of a signed and Hanklerfished copy of The Fault in Our Stars (I'll try to get a picture of my Hanklerfish up here at some point...it's adorable), as well as signed copies of An Abundance of Katherines and Hank's super-secret-tour-album-of-awesome. The man is a brilliant song writer. I couldn't help myself.
If any of you ever get the chance to see John and Hank in person, I HIGHLY recommend it. And if you got to see them on this tour, I'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment, or a link in the comments if you wrote your own post. :D