I've been blogging for a little over a year, and the course of those twelve months have brought me in contact with some amazing writers and bloggers, many of whom are from Ohio. So I took the liberty of walking right up to them and saying, "Hi, you kind of know me."
I got to meet Tricia Springstubb and Cinda Williams Chima who were both kind enough to give me interviews here on the blog when I had roughly 5 followers. I also met Rebecca Barnhouse, author of THE COMING OF THE DRAGON based on the tale of Beowulf (there's a companion novel out now - PEACEWEAVER) who was awesome and posed for a picture with me which I was really excited about even though I appear to be distracted by something shiny off camera. There were lots of people and things were moving around, so I was like a labrador puppy with OCD who just did crack.
Right next to Rebecca I found Leah Clifford, author of the A TOUCH MORTAL series. Leah is a longtime member of QueryTracker, which makes her even more awesome. And then she took a picture with me, which gives her another +10 Awesome.
And while meeting all the YA people who have been so kind and awesome while holding the door open and letting me into their incredible world, I made sure I didn't leave before meeting Donald Ray Pollock, Ohio native and author of the short story collection KNOCKEMSTIFF and THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME. The man is one of my literary heros. And he signed my books... weekend complete.