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It is well-known that Neil Gaiman makes me weak at the knees. He has long been an all-time favorite author. Imagine my delight when he strolled by at the airport yesterday. I quickly realized he’d be on my flight, as he lives just outside the Twin Cities. And I mentioned it on twitter moments before boarding.

Me: @neilhimself I’m trying not to go all fangirl but we’re on the same flight from LAX to MSP.

As I boarded the plane and inched past him - he was already seated in first class - we made eye contact. He said something like “that would be you then?” while gesturing with his phone. I nodded. “Well, hello.” Hello indeed! I managed to maintain my composure in the moment. But he most likely heard me SQUEEING just after…as I sat down, looked at my phone and saw his update on twitter:

Him: @massdistraction …and we just said hello. What a small, twittery world.

A flight attendant had witnessed this exchange and approached me, inquiring if he was some sort of rock star. I said “kind of” which is true, really. I rattled off book titles but sadly she’d not heard of any. Her loss. She even asked if he was “one of those vampire writers.” Ha! I assume she meant a writer of vampire fiction rather than an actual vampire. Anyhow, this was just one of many highlights from the trip. The rest to come. Soon. For now, sleep.

my Red Owl

Bonus: At long last, we will have another senator. Photos from today’s Al Franken press conference.


  1. Xtal wrote:


    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm | Permalink
  2. e. wrote:

    I’ve never read a Neil Gaiman book, but just about everyone I know has. Suggestions?

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 8:43 am | Permalink
  3. Sharyn wrote:

    Ooooh, where to start? Hmmm. I’ve just bee re-reading Neverwhere, which is a great one. Or you could try Stardust, that’s a quick read. But his most recent one might get you hooked. Give The Graveyard Book a try.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  4. Sharyn wrote:

    I do love love love American Gods, but that’s more of a commitment. It’s THICK. But it does prominently feature House on the Rock.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  5. holly wrote:


    pardon me while i pee my pants in excitement over your encounter with lord gaiman.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
  6. Heather wrote:

    I just followed over here from your flickr account (I’m heatherica! there) and I had to join in with the sqeeing about this! I think I would die if that happened to me.

    Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 9:38 am | Permalink
  7. Sharyn wrote:

    Heehee. Hello! And yes, Holly and Heather, it was extremely difficult to keep my cool. I’m sure he heard me gushing to the flight attendant too. I am such a dork.

    Monday, July 6, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

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