On Thursday, October 16. I drove to the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison and got to hear Neil Gaiman speak.
YES, THE NEIL GAIMAN.
If you know me at all you know I have a thing for this man and his work. Not in the seduction Oooh la la kind of way. More in the, please mentor me because you are so fucking fantastic kind of way.
Let me share my blurry photos.
He is giving us his shaggy haired profile. This was right after he walked into the room and I gasped like an ecstatic schoolgirl.
Wesley Stace interviewed him for FDU's annual WAMFEST. The artist Michael Arthur drew the entire time the interview went on, capturing details from the conversation in this incredible piece of artwork.
It is a complete fluke that I found out about this event. The night before I randomly went on Neil Gaiman's blog and clicked on "Where's Neil?" And there it was. He was going to be in Madison, New Jersey. What are the chances?!?! This caused me to almost stroke out. My husband then insisted that I try to get a reservation. Shockingly, I was able to do so and my main squeeze arranged to come home from work early so I could go and see Neil speak. I am forever grateful to my hubby for indulging me in that way.
Surreal does not cover how the first few minutes felt. Then it was perfect. Neil was funny, interesting and just someone I wish I could have hugged and thanked him for writing wonderful stories. I did record his answer to the last question of the day which was what sort of advice would you give someone who wanted to pursue a career as a fantasy writer. I can't post the video because I do not have the rights, but his immediate answer was to read everything. Don't just read fantasy, read anything you can get your hands on because that variety will help you. I will see if I can transcribe some of that answer for you.
There was no meet and greet, bummer because I brought one of his graphic novels, 1602 to be signed, but there is always next time. And there will most certainly be a next time. Hooray!