02 August 2007

Fan mail from some flounder?

As Bullwinkle used to ask Rocky, remember?* Anyway, here's today's Booking Through Thursday question:

Have you ever written an author a fan letter?
Did you get an answer?
Did it spark a conversation? A meeting?
(And, sure, I suppose that e-mails DO count . . . but I’d say no to something like a message board on which the author happens to participate.)

I have written many fan letters in my mind, which have led to friendly relationships with many authors, also in my mind.

A while back, I did review a knitting book here, and the author left a comment! That was very cool, and a thrill, to be honest.

I once read an interview with Steven King in some library publication, and composed a letter where I told him just how much I loathe him. It was really quite a good piece of writing on my part, I must say. I didn't send it though, because I realized it was bad enough I'd spent time reading the interview and writing the letter, no way was I going to spend the money on a stamp!

In the mail

Today was the mailing day for the Sockapalooza 4 packages. I got nearly halfway to work this morning, and realized I'd left the package sitting on the couch at home ... but because he is a real sweetie, The Tim mailed it for me when he was out running some errands. So it's on the way to its intended recipient, and it's up to the postal service now. Being that it's headed to the West Coast, I figure it will probably get there more quickly than if it were heading across the river to New Jersey!

Speaking of mail, I got the best little gift in the mail today, from Carol's oldest son (I'll call him Poindexter to preserve his anonymity) - and I have never even met him! I'll scan it and do a show and tell soon. And Poindexter, if you are reading this, Thank you very much, it really made me happy to receive it. :-)

Know Your Cuts of Lamb t-shirt

I linked to this in a previous post, from someone else's blog, and have gotten all kinds of comments and e-mails from people asking where they could get one. If you go to the website for City Knitting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, there is info on prices, sizes, and ordering. They also have tote bags with the design. I had sent an e-mail asking about it, before the info was posted to the site, and got a really nice note back from Lorilee, the owner. Then I got a note from Barb saying she called them to place an order, and when she mentioned that she was in Pennsylvania, the person she spoke to (I'm guessing it was Lorilee) said, "Oh is this Bridget?" I laughed out loud when I read that! Me and Gerald Ford, both famous in Grand Rapids ...

*(No Tim, it's NOT "Fan mail from some foreign flounder," no matter how many times you try to convince me. And while we're at it, Lassie was waving goodbye!)


Carol said...

Aw, shucks, Poindexter is glad you liked it.

Me, too.

You should feel honored: he hasn't even made me a lime/Lyme green one yet.

mc78 said...

I tried to go to that knitting store once, but they don't have hours that work for working women.

Carrie K said...

Luckily I'm on the West Coast. Want. That. Shirt.

You should have sent Stephen King that letter! I've been mad at him since Carrie. Of all the names......

N. Maria said...

I emailed Vivian Hoxbro (line through the last o in her name) and she emailed me back. She is the author of 'Shadow Knitting'. She even wanted to know what a V-Rod motorcycle was so I sent her a picture of one. Too cool!

Knitterary said...

Hey, Bridget, thanks for the nudge about the clapotis-along. I've sent you an email through your blog so you'll have my e-address.

I communicate with authors every day for my work. Not quite the same as fan mail, though.

barbp said...

Ahhhhh - I have rubbed e-elbows with a famous person. *giggle* (It was Lorilee btw)

Literary Feline said...

I've written my fair share of letters to authors in my head too. LOL I rarely put my words to paper or computer and send them off to the author though. I'm glad to know I'm not alone!

gemma said...

My son, who was at that time struggling at school stumbled onto an Aussie author and was able to read for comprehension his books, first one then another. Ben wrote this author a letter, a huge effort at that time for him, and wonder of wonder, the author wrote him back, and sent a couple of other books, autographed. Authors love to know they are being read.