Monday, February 28, 2011

Simpatico (and Other Good Things about Meeting Online Friends)

One of the coolest things about going to writers conferences has been the opportunity to meet online friends in person. I was so fortunate to meet up with Heather McCorkle at SFWC11 last week. Sweet, generous, thoughtful, and funny, Heather felt like a forever friend. I miss her like nuts, but we talk all the time now. As for Shannon Messenger, we've met before, but last week was the first time rooming together. And, OMG, total FUN. Shannon is awesome and funny and has no fear. Throughout the entire conference, she boosted my confidence and encouraged me to take chances that paid off. We laughed well into the night and paid for it the next morning with next to no sleep. Worth.It.

DSC01883Heather, Me, Shannon


DSC01927Shannon, Heather, Me

Try to ignore the fact that my boots don't match. I didn't want to bring another pair of boots. Lame.

Monday, Shannon and I had an extra day in San Francisco without the worries and time constraints of a conference. The sun was out, the cold was lying low, and I'm fairly certain birds were singing. It was a perfect day to meet up with a couple of our fellow Bookanistas: Cory Jackson and Veronica Rossi. Duuuuuude, it was the shiz. Veronica and I discovered we had a ton in common, down to where we'd lived as children. I'm pretty sure she's my California twin. Actually, her laugh is a little like mine, too (I may be making this up. I'm not sure. But let's say it is. Clone, I tell you. CLONE). She's got a smile that never ends and a heart just as big. Cory was so fun, so vivacious and full of joy. You won't meet a kinder person. Plus, she had this Kate Spade bag with this typewriter lettering on the outside that made me drool. I'm not even a bag and shoes sort of person! Okay, I am.

181953_114135668661532_100001952982406_110035_5834772_n Cory, Me, Veronica, Shannon

After lunch, Cory gave Shannon and me a tour of San Francisco that led us straight to sugar, my very favorite thing in the whole world.


DSC01982 Kara's Cupcakes is the bomb-shizzle

DSC01987 Just before I licked the display case

We also got to see where Cory's asthma doctor was. And where Francis Ford Coppola lives. Unless I'm mistaken, I think they are the same person.


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The green building is the important one.

Oh, also, this thing. I can't remember the name. But it's not very famous, I don't think.

DSC01957 Shannon, Cory, Me

And, uh, this.


DSC01970 Lawn art...
Yes, that's what you think it is.



And this untimely bit of advertising


DSC01915"Where holiday magic begins"


We had so much fun, and by the end of the day, my face hurt from smiling so much.


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 Ghirardelli Square

I was very sad that Veronica wasn't able to accompany us on the tour of the city (and that Heather had to leave the night before). But next time! Next time. Or you guys can come to Indianapolis. We'll eat corn and stalk John Green together.

Seriously though, it's always a little scary to meet up with online friends. Not only might you discover that twenty-three-year-old Betty is actually fifty-two year old Bubba with a beer gut and a roll of duct tape, but WORSE you might discover they don't LIKE YOU. That's the fear, anyway. But Heather, Shannon, Cory, and Veronica? Dang, I wish they were neighbors. We'd throw a kickass block party. Especially if one of us stuck a robot on our lawns.

37 comments:

  1. I love San Francisco! Looks like you guys had a great time. I think meeting fellow bloggers at conferences is such a blast. The icing that makes the whole experience even better.

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  2. ahh...this looks like SO MUCH FUN! San Fransisco looks amazing...glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  3. Sounds like you had a blast. I haven't been to San Fran in over 10 years. Don't know if I'll ever make it out again, honestly.

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  4. The photos look amazing Cee! I am so glad that you had such a wonderful time in that gorgeous city. And that you were able to - literally - rub shoulders with some fantastic friends, your smiles say it all. I'm really envious. I wouldn't know where to even begin looking for these way cool writers conferences.

    I have to ask the question...so how much drool did you leave on the floor in front of that display case?

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  5. Wonderful!!! Great to see y'all have a fabulous time!!! Take care
    x

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  6. Sounds like a never-to-be-forgotten visit! Yahoo for you all!

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  7. Awww, great pics! Looks like you guys had a blast! Thanks for sharing!

    Oh, and MMMMMMM to the cupcakes! Too pretty to eat, maybe. Ok, not really. I'd eat them. ALL. Maybe I shouldn't take a trip to SF?

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  8. It looks like so much fun. I'm so jealous you got to see where Cory's asthma doctor is!

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  9. What a fun trip! This is what cons are all about.

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  10. I love Atlanta, but boy-howdy (WTF? Boy-howdy?), these pics make me seriously homesick. Can't believe I lived there all those years and never once made a pilgrimage to Cory's asthma doctor. Talk about oversight.

    So glad y'all had a great time! And really, I'm only a tiny bit envious. :)

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  11. So glad that you had so much fun. It looked like a blast. Those girls can really make you laugh. Sweet!

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  12. Glad you all had so much fun. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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  13. That was the best virtual tour. I can go happily back to slaving over my keyboard now that I've had a blast in San Francisco with you.

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  14. Wow!! Looks like you gals had an incredible time!!!

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  15. If you invite me to the block party, I'll do the robot on one of your lawns. Just let me know when and where.

    Glad you had an awesome time in Cali, m'dear. :)

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  16. Sounds like you all had a blast! *jealous*

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  17. Ok,now I'm really bummed I didn't meet up with you guys. Looks like you had a blast!

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  18. Aw...Carol, this was SO much fun. We'll have to room together at another conference someday.

    Also...I'm AMAZED no one is commenting on the robot picture. Do they not SEE it???? :D

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  19. I've met up with several online friends (always other writers from forums and blogs) and every time it was fantastic! So much to speak of and gossip about and giggle over. Loved it!

    I'm glad you had such a great experience too!

    Jai

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  20. I feel exactly the same way! It's as if we've known each other forever. I wish we were neighbors! I'm so glad we had the chance to meet and hang out. I am sorry I missed meeting the others girls and seeing that robot. Really, that's in someone's lawn?! LOL! It's probably a good thing I didn't get to go to Ghirardelli square with you ladies though. You would have had to drag me out kicking and screaming! We have got to hang out again sometime soon!

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  21. So far I've only met one online friend. She contacted me through my website 12 years ago (back when I had a traditional website, and when no one had ever heard of a blog), and we're still friends to this day. I hope one of these days -- if I ever make my way to a writing conference, for instance -- I might make the same connection with some of my writer friends.

    Also, I sadly didn't catch that robot when I was in San Francisco, but friends did bring me past a Yoda statue.

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  22. I'm glad you had fun. SF is a great city. And spending time with friends, especially writer friends, is a treasure.

    I want some deets on your agent speed dating pitches.

    Have a lovely week, my friend.
    Hugs,
    Lola

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  23. I love that you share all of this, and that you were with Heather and Shannon...so jealous. I'm thrilled you all can meet.

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  24. I bet EVERYONE is green with envy that you've seen where my asthma doctor is. Also where's the pic of you straddling the staircase railing, hm?

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  25. That looks like such a blast! Love all fun pictures!!

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  26. Sounds like you had a great time! I haven't been to California yet, but I'd love to visit someday soon. I'm hoping to attend the Surrey Writers Conference in BC next autumn. Gotta finish the novel first - and learn how to pitch it well!

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  27. Wow! It looks awesome. I'd love to meet some writers, like you, whose blogs I follow.

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  28. I seriously love my online friends. They are the best. And many of them have morphed into being "real" friends, which is awesome.

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  29. Carol, you're the best. And yes, we do guffaw very similarly. CLONE. CLONE!!! sigh. I miss you, Clone. Come back. Or maybe I'll come your way.

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  30. Okay, first, I am amazed you made it past the cupcakes. I'd have stayed and eaten myself into a sugar coma right there. Second, meeting up with online writerfriends is the BEST.

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  31. That looks like fun. Oh, and remind me to never touch the glass at a cupcake store.

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  33. wow amazing blog and the way of your talking describes that you have really a lot of fun during your trip...

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  34. Isn't it crazy how simpatico online acquaintances turn out to be? I used to be a nonbeliever in online dating, until I encountered success at sites like plentyoffish.com. You make SF look so much fun! Good to hear you had a great time with your friends.

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