Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Meeting Elizabeth Gilbert!

And yes! I DID get to meet her!

Lastnight's Elizabeth Gilbert reading event was incredible! What a story she has... what a platform. There were around 800 people in attendance, and even some men! She laughed and said, "There are men here! How did that happen? Are you sure you're at the right event?" Then she went on to tell us about an experience early on in her published career. She was doing a reading at a bookstore, and one person came. Here's basically what she said: "And it wasn't even really that he came... he was already there. He was the creepy guy that's ALWAYS in the bookstore, in the back by the human sexuality section. He saw 40 empty chairs and he sat in the back row. Not knowing any better, I read to him. He raised his hand. 'Yes? You in the back?' 'Can you speak up?' I thought, can you MOVE UP?! Should we go to a bar instead?!"


One thing in particular stuck out to the writers in the crowd. She stressed for us not to let an idea sit for too long, or it will leave the room. The idea will go visit another writer and say, "Will you write me? Because that one over there just isn't getting to it." And before you know it, someone else has written your idea. It's not that you'll forget about it completely, but the essence of it just drifts off... you waited too long. Interesting thought. Gilbert is working on something right now, but after this tour, she wants the summer off, and will start writing in October. She keeps trying to pacify her idea by writing notes when she gets a chance saying, "See! I'm working on you! Don't leave!"


Gilbert has quite a sense of humor, is a great speaker, and such a gifted writer. She read the first chapter from her new book Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage. I'm excited to keep reading. It sounds interesting.

17 comments:

  1. Wow A-M-A-ZING!!! How cool that you got meet her! Sounds incredible!!! I just now realized that you live in the same town I do, and that I too could have visited her!! Where do you find out about this stuff?! I feel so out of the loop!

    I love your little teaser!!! Too good!!

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  2. How cool that you got to meet her! Thanks for sharing her story and the tidbits...I love reading about other people's experiences. *And suddenly my blog addiction makes sense*

    Another fun teaser! I think the character's voice in this except is stronger than what I've read in the past from BTL...and I like it! Alot!

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  3. First -- too cool you met Gilbert! And I enjoyed your teaser. Your style is so intimate and introspective, I feel close to your character already!

    I posted a Tuesday Teaser, but is there someone I should credit as the "idea owner?" LOL, I don't want to sound neurotic! But I also don't want anyone feeling I stole their good idea:)

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  4. Thank you all for the kind words!

    Jen - I was out of the loop when Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush) was here and I found out two days later. So, I googled various things, "author tours, houston texas" and stuff like that, and I found a few lists. On the 18th and 19th, Ally Carter (The Gallagher Girls series) will be in town, promoting her new series Heist Society. Murder By The Book bookstore has a LOT of people that come in, mostly thriller mystery stuff, but Ally will be there on the 18th.

    Kristi - Thanks!! And I think your (*ahem, our) blog addiction makes perfect sense, all the time! :)

    Nicole - Thank you :) I'm not sure where Teaser Tuesday originated... and I've seen different versions of it. Some people post their own work, some just open to a random page of what they're currently reading and share a few lines... I think it's just one of those blog memes that spread like wildfire. (at least, I think so.)

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  5. I loved your teaser :) Gilbert sounds like a lot of fun.

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  6. That's so cool that you got to meet her. And your snippet was FAB-U-LOUS!!! ; )

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  7. Thanks for the information!!! I need to do my research it seems!

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  8. Sounds like an awesome event! I need to check who's coming to my area. I love meeting writer. :) And I just noticed that you're Team Gale too. Yay! I knew you were cool. ;)

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  9. I just stopped by your blog, saw that you met Gilbert. It's so wonderful to hear someone not only telling you about themselves, but sharing with you how to become a better writer. Those writers are rare. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Hey, there's an award for you on my blog =)

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  11. Hearing Elizabeth Gilbert must have been cool! I like her advice. I'm also really curious now about her new book coming out.

    I like your teaser, although I must admit that I find someone describing themselves as "intellectually underdeveloped" a bit off-putting. It makes me wonder why they wouldn't self-educate, then, if they're sufficiently self-aware to realize that. I love the questions raised, though -- it sounds like you have some fascinating ideas to explore.

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  12. I liked your teaser...I think it's definitely something teenage girls (Well, and grown women) can relate to.

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  13. Anissa - glad to see another Team Gale member! We are few and far between!

    Natalie - THANKS!

    Guinevere - Unfortunately, I was somewhat describing myself here... trying to capture how I seem to feel when I get together with my two best friends from highschool. When I'm with each of them individually, I have no problems with conversations, but the three of us together, I feel like those two are just BEYOND me. It's all politics and memoirs and foreign affairs and words I don't know. I don't consider myself an intellectual. I'm all movies and books and fiction and young adult paranormal romance and painting and photography. Sure I've got my thing, but I can't help but feel, well, intellectually underdeveloped. If there's a less off-putting way to describe this, let me know :)

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  14. I'm purple with envy. But I'll relent and be happy you got to see her. ;) I've been mulling over not letting ideas get away.
    Winged Writer

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  15. Sounds like fun! I don't entirely agree that letting an idea sit for a while is a bad thing. Due to the time constraints of writing the *current* story under deadline, I'm not a liberty to write an idea as soon as it pops to mind. Sometimes my ideas gel in the back of my mind for several years. I undoubtedly lose some of my sparks of inspiration as a result, but I also think that allowing the ideas time to mature and grow pays off in the end.

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  16. Sounds awesome! I like the snippets that you picked out for the post, especially about not letting an idea sit too long. That's great advice!

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