to Elana Johnson
on the launch of her YA debut
So thrilled for you, Elana!
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet up with one of the sweetest people in the world, writer and blogger Erica Chapman, someone I've gotten to know and adore, when we attended Veronica Roth's launch party for her debut NYT Bestseller DIVERGENT. If you've read my review of DIVERGENT, you already know how much and why I loved it. But meeting her also showed me how amazing Veronica is as a person. So friendly and welcoming, a truly humble, thoughtful, kind soul. I'm so glad to know her.
Now, getting to Veronica was quite the adventure. For one thing, Erica and I discovered we're practically the same person, and by the end of the trip we were finishing each other's sentences.
Hold on, let me backtrack. Okay, so Erica and I live many hours from one another, but it turns out somewhere near Chicago is like a good halfway point to meet up. So, we met up somewhere near Chicago, where I dropped off my car, and then Erica drove us the rest of the way to Anderson's (remember, the indie bookstore I mentioned?) in Naperville where the launch party was. At one point, we passed some domed building off the side of the highway (one of many sprinkled all over the place), and I said, "I wonder what those buildings are for?" And at exact same moment that I answered my own question with, "I bet that's where they keep the aliens," Erica says, "I bet that's where they keep the dead people."
Soul mates, I tell you. Because it turns out those buildings are used to house the salt and road equipment or something boring like that.
There was also a bit of a story involving a missing iPod, which Erica had lost right before the trip and had scoured her house and car looking for it. It had even made her get to me a little late. So, we stop for fuel, and she says something like, "I really wish I knew where that iPod was." And I reach down beside my seat and pull this little black handheld up and say, "Could this be it?"
Awesome. Erica will now love me forever, and all I had to do was find her iPod.
So after arriving kind of late to Naperville and nearly throttling the loser who took our parking spot, we met the awesome Veronica.
Veronica didn't even act like it was weird when I apologized because my jacket had a funky smell on the sleeves. Which it does, and I totally didn't want her to think it was me, so I told her about it, knowing she might smell it when I put my arm around her, but the jacket was way too cute not to wear. This is why I love her, because she's smiling so big and happy even though my jacket smells funky.
Here's Erica with us, too. We are so adorable.
And I say "we are adorable" lightly, because it's mostly just Erica and Veronica and my jacket.
So after, we had a hilarious dinner involving BBQ sandwiches (recommended by the waiter), half of which I delicately spit into Erica's coleslaw (seriously, don't ask).
Thereafter, we headed back to the place where I had left my car (somewhere near Chicago). And then proceeded to talk for two hours more in her parked car until, it turns out, we killed her battery.
So, yeah, we totally had to Google how to jumpstart a car. And after a billion years of not being able to jump it, Erica finally called her husband and woke him up at 3 AM to get directions on how to jumpstart the car without exploding it.
And then I drove home in the middle of the night by myself, having to stop at Burger King at 5 AM just to kick my arse awake with a sausage biscuit. I also sang really, really loud because that would wake anyone up. Probably even the aliens and dead people. I do not have a picture of that. You're welcome.
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