So it’s Wednesday and already my working week is at an end! I’ve got the next couple of days of as I’m travelling back to my university town of Bath to see some old friends and…deep breath…meet my favourite author in the whole world!
I’m going to a book signing by Neil Gaiman, the best fantasy author ever (in my opinion!). He wrote my favourite book as a teen – Coraline. He also wrote my favourite book as an adult – American Gods/Neverwhere. I know that’s two books, but I can’t decide between the two! He’s been my writing idol for a very long time and as he lives in the US and isn’t keen on book signings I assumed I’d never get to meet him. I’m so so happy that I get to see him talk about his new book , The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I’m hoping to shake his hand and let him know how he’s inspired me as a writer and just as a person in general.
Neil Gaiman’s wife, Amanda Palmer is also one of my favourite people in her own right. She is the one I think about when I’m scared of something; when my confidence wanes and I begin to have self doubt. I think ‘what would Amanda Palmer do?’ and that usually solves my issue. She’s so unapologetically herself – she’s a strong, amazing female role model and I owe her influence more than I would probably admit to. She’s playing in London next month but sadly I’m not able to go and see her play 😦 I don’t feel that it’s my last chance though, so I’m not too sad about that. I hope she’ll make a miracle appearance at the book signing, but I’m not going to count on it!
These few days off feel well deserved – I’ve worked really hard recently and today I got the good news that I’ve been taken off probation at work AND they’ve given me a pay rise. Taking a couple of days to enjoy Bath and see friends and meet my hero will be a lovely celebration of that.