Note: Today’s post has nothing to do with health and wellness and has everything to do with blogging, Twitter, and the love of writing. If you’re not interested in the later I’ll be back with Healthy Discoveries soon.
Most people stand in long lines to purchase concert tickets or get a glimpse of their favorite movie star; I stand in long lines to listen to great speakers and authors.
I’ve mentioned a couple times on this blog that I’m an avid reader and a writer wanna be. When I heard that Heather Armstrong a.k.a. Dooce was going to be at the Tattered Cover in Denver on Monday April 6, I blocked out my calendar. I could not wait to meet her! I found Dooce’s blog over a year ago. I read her about page one day and I was immediately hooked on her unique writing style. I spent the rest of that afternoon clicking through her blog archives and reading her funny, very candid, and often irreverent prose. Last year Dooce won the Best American Blogger Award. She has millions of readers and fans. This weekend her book hit #16 on the New York Times best seller list and this afternoon she Skyped into the Oprah show.
I didn’t see Heather on Oprah today because I was standing in line 3-hours early to see her in person. I met other Denver bloggers/Dooce fans who got there just as early as I did. We sat on the bookstore floor and exchanged business cards and shared blogging stories. It was so much fun talking with bloggers in real life instead of communicating through the invisible veil of the Internet.
At 6:30 we filed into the lecture space and look who had THE # 1 TICKET.
Yup! That would be ME. I was the first person in line, my new found blogging friends teased me but I wanted a front row seat and that’s exactly what I got!
By 7:00 pm The Tattered Cover was packed full.
Everyone was Tweeting about the anticipation of hearing Heather speak. Of course I didn’t want to be left out of this Internet fun so I posted a Tweet too.
And then she took the stage.
Heather read an excerpt from her new book and a blog post she wrote last year. She also took questions from the audience.
Then it was time to stand in line for the book signing.
This small time blogger finally got to met America’s #1 blogger, I was thrilled! Heather was very nice and gracious. This is how she discribes what she writes:
“[My writing] chronicles my life from a time when I was single and making a lot of money as a web designer in Los Angeles, to when I was dating the man who would become my husband, to when I lost my job and lived life as an unemployed drunk, to when I married my husband and moved to Utah, to when I became pregnant, to when I threw up and became unbearably swollen during the pregnancy, to the birth, to the aftermath, to the postpartum depression that landed me in a mental hospital. I’m better now.”
Heather doesn’t mince words. She offends some because she writes what most people don’t dare say, but in the end she is an incredible writer and story teller. One of the 200+ commenters from her blog wrote this on Sunday:
“I convinced a non-bloggy friend of mine to tag along [to the Tattered Cover Bookstore], explaining to her that going to see you read was pretty much her equivalent of meeting Jen Aniston. I’m super psyched.”
It was worth every minute of the 3-hour wait to hear Heather read from her best-selling book, It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita. Thanks for including Denver on your book tour, Heather. You were everything we hoped and more! I’m ready to dive in and read my autographed copy of your book, the very book I’ve been waiting to read since you told your readers you sent the final draft off to your publisher.
P.S. I took some video of Heather speaking via my camera, since I WAS SITTING IN THE FRONT ROW 🙂 My intention was to post it here but I am having technical difficulties with the down load (I know this doesn’t surprise people who know me personally, I’m just not tech savvy.) In leiu of my personal video I’m linking this interview that ABC Nightline did with Heather in case you’ve never heard of her until now and you want to know more.