Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My Super Cool, "It Must Be Fate!" Story, From the IRA!!


So, of course I plastered my cheesy grinning pie face all over facebook, so everyone could see my pics from my first ARC signing at the IRA on Monday, so you knew I had to blog about it, right? I had such an incredible time and I really got in with a great group of folks! Holiday House = Amazing! They made me feel right at home and honestly, it was so hard to go back to reality on Tuesday! I met so many inspiring teachers and librarians as close as Chicago and as far away as Canada and beyond. I got to exchange books with some other authors I know and put many faces to some very famous names! Oh, and I got tons of free books!!!


Okay, best story ever! As some of you know, Rick Riordan, renowned author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, read Nightshade City--and fortunately gave it a very nice review (and yes, I sent him a very corny sputtering fan girl thank you letter)!! Well, before my signing on Monday, I got to wander around a bit. I started walking and ended up in the Scholastic booth, where they were handing out all kinds of "book swag", someone handed me a complimentary book, my first one of the day, and guess what it was?? Any guesses? The Lightning Thief by none other than Rick Riordan! Gah! What are the odds of that? The conference hall was the size of a football field, with hundreds of booths and publishers giving out hundreds of books! I couldn't have been more bowled over! To quote my own book, which I know is even cheesier than my pie face on facebook, "...fate is sometimes a remarkable thing." Of course I took it as a sign from above, and it made the start of my perfect day, even more...well, perfect! Okay, it wasn't all perfect; I totally wore the wrong shoes! Bad, bad, bad decision! I was nearly limping when the clock struck five o'clock! Luckily, I did get to sit for spell, after the IRA closed that day, we had a beautiful dinner sponsored by Holiday House in the wine cellar of the Chicago Firehouse! I got to hobnob with some brilliant educators, authors and the great folks at HH. I got home very late for a school night, went to sleep all dreamy and then turned into a pumpkin by 6am the next day! Unforgettable...



xoxo -- Hilary

36 comments:

  1. OMG how much fun Hilary!!! I'm grinning for you while reading this =)

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  2. SO SO HAPPY FOR YOU HILARY!!!

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  3. I am beyond chuffed for you, missus!
    You've had quite a journey!

    xoxoxo

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  4. Enjoy every moment, Hilary.

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  5. Reading your post was beyond inspiring. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you -- and keep these posts coming!

    ((hugs)) Nicole

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  6. Your cheesy pie face (which so is NOT) made me smile mucho, too. What a fantastic day!

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  7. Sounds like you had a blast! Those conferences can be so much fun. I love wandering through the vendor area (carrying a very large stuffed-animal wolf, of course). LOL

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  8. Sara, You are the best! I can't wait for this to be you!

    Thanks, Mommy! It was better than I can even write about! :)

    Sue, I wish I could get away with saying chuffed, but alas, I'm not a cool English chicky like you! Me = Dorkus! Love ya, Fire! ;)

    Donna, I will enjoy every bit of it, makes all the mega hard stuff so worth it! Wouldn't trade it for anything!

    Nicole, you are awesome! I always feel like if I can do it, so many other writers can too--seriously! It's not as unattainable as we think!

    Tricia, my husband, jokingly of course, says I have a giant pumpkin head! Ha, ha! The jerko! He's lucky he's so cute!

    Scotti, I'll meet you at the next one with my rats!! I have several! :)

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  9. That's great you had such a good time. You look so happy in your pictures. Enjoy all these great new experiences.

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  10. You have a beautiful smile. What a wonderful day!

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  11. The whole thing is so awesome. Not cheesy at all. You look as thrilled as you sound in this post. I'm so happy for you!

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  12. Far out! Oh I know you must have had a blast and been floating on air and been all glittery inside and out.

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  13. So cool!!!! Congrats. =)

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  14. Gorgeous photos!! And so incredibly exciting :)

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  15. Sounds like a great time! Congrats!

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  16. Very Awesome! What a fun experience . . . can't wait to get there. :)

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  17. Don't get sick of this word but...that is so...AWESOME!!!!

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  18. Congrats to you, Hilary!!! That must have been such an inspiring, exciting day! You look like one beautiful, brilliant author in your pic with your book!

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  19. You look and sound like you are having so much fun. :) I really am enjoying your journey. Congratulations!

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  20. Enjoy! You're right where we all hope to be someday.

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  21. What a wonderful experience, thanks for sharing the details with us. It seems the perfect way to be in the center of things, talking with professionals in the industry. Kudos!

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  22. Awesome, Hilary. Thank you for sharing your amazing journey. I can hardly wait to read the book!

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  23. That sounds amazing! You've earned it! Good for you!

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  24. Sounds perfectly magical (including the part about the shoes! :-)) ... congratulations!!!!

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  25. Sounds fantastic. What a great time for you!

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  26. Sounds like a wonderful day! Hope you enjoyed every minute - other than the aching feet. :)

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  27. Thanks for sharing the day with us! I am so happy for you. And RR is my hero--how awesome to get his thumbs up!

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  28. Congratulations! You know, you can see the happiness beaming out right from your face!

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  29. I agree with Talli. You're radiant with that "I'm holding my book" look. Congrats!

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  30. You guys are the very best! It's been so hard catching up with work after the IRA! I seriously do feel like Cinderella! Gah! No wonder why I write for children, I want to live in a fairytale!;)

    xoxo to you ALL!!! Hilary

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  31. Exactly! Now I'm excited for EVERYTHING after being published! Keep shining!

    P.S.- I nominated you for an Awesomesauce blogger award. ;D

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  32. Oh, I hate it when I wear the wrong shoes. I did that to the mall the other week & limped out of there with barely my life and pedicure in tact. ;)

    Sounds like a great book signing, nonetheless!

    PS: You are gorgeous! Garsh!

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  33. Ah, congratulations, good lady! It sounds a lovely experience for you. May many more such experiences await.

    P.S. Word verification was "ratersi." That's too amusing not to share.... :)

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  34. Cipher, thanks so much! I've always wanted that award!

    Terresa! I want your hair! It's absolutely amazing, girlie!! :)

    Simon, that's awesome! My rats are even getting in to blogger! Awesome!!!

    xoxo -- Hilary

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  35. Super...can really feel your energy...congratulations!!!

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