Friday, August 13, 2010

You never know who you'll meet. More SCBWI LA

Remember my crazy-canceled/delayed flight from DFW to LAX? ( previous post) Well . . . there's more.

You see, at first, when I got on the original (canceled flight) I was supposed to have a window seat. I ADORE window seats (despite the bathroom dilemma) I like the view and I like having a surface to lay my head and snooze. What can I say? A moving plane is like a rocking cradle to me.

Anyway . . .

I approached my coveted window seat. I saw a man, a woman then and baby. A cute, friggin' baby sucking on a pacifier (in my seat). uggggghhhhh!!!!

"Would you mind switching seats with me?" said the man.

Crap! Now I'll be sitting in the Hell-of-all-middle-seats! "Of course. It's no problem." If only I was the angel in my thoughts like I was the angel of my words.

I would've been a heartless soul to refuse. I couldn't. The angel of words won. The angel of thoughts repeatedly stabbed the back of my eyeballs.

So. I settled in between a nice woman and a young lad several rows back. (in the middle seat)

I blew up my inflatable travel pillow. Adjusted my i-pod. (in the middle seat) Did I mention middle seat?

The nice woman next to me snapped her head in my general direction and said, "Stop it!"

Stop it?

OK. So, I wondered if maybe Critter was up to some of his Critter-tricks. He's a bit ornery, you know.

But then she says (in the most adorable Texas twang) "I'm so sorry, hon. I'm not talkin' to you. My son is traveling with me and he's pokin' me from behind."

awwwwww! She was so adorable! I wanted to pinch her cheeks! But I didn't. I have some self control, don't cha'know.

"That's funny stuff." I replied. Truly relieved that I wasn't sitting next to a stuffity'uppity window-seater, and thankful for the comedy relief. I liked this woman from the very start.

But then, the flight was canceled.

We reboarded 3 (or more) hours later.

I sat next to the nice lady with the Texas Twang once more. But that was OK, because I already liked her.

We giggled at the loud-mouth braggard sitting in the row in front of us. What can I say? We were loopy from the plane delays and flight changes. We must've been easily amused.

I liked her, even though I didn't know her. We talked, but about nothing in particular. Simply pleasant company.

Fast forward to the hotel. . . .

I'm standing in line to check into my room for the SCBWI LA conference and who do I see? It's the nice lady with the twang from the plane.

"Oh!" She said, "If I had known you were coming here, you could've shared a cab with me and my son!"

Nice! Such a nice lady. Wow! We were at the same conference. How amazing. What a small world.

Fast forward once more to the next morning:
. . . I'm sitting in the opening session of the conference. The faculty of SCBWI is introducing themselves on stage.

Who do I see introduce herself as one of the faculty authors? You guessed it!!!! The nice lady with the twang, the one who sat next to me on the plane and whispered "stop it!" in my general direction (although not directed to me)

We spoke several times throughout the conference. Her name is Jill S. Alexander (BTW) She's sweet as pie. I swear, children's literature people are the nicest people on the whole entire earth!

Consequently, I bought her book, The Sweetheart of Prospect County, and I read it in 2 nights. That's a big deal, seeing that I read it during the conference. They keep you going at conferences like this, so it was no easy feat to stay up in order to read a book. However, I read Jill's book. I laughed. I cried. I stayed up way later than I should have. As a matter of fact, I bought a book for myself and I bought an extra to use as a book giveaway, here! On my blog! Might I dub Jill as the Sweetheart of Children's Literature? She deserves it!

Prepare for a book giveaway! Not today, but in the near future.

Not only has Jill agreed to do a future interview, but she will also be a Critter host as well. Stay tuned.

More to come.

Here's a picture of Jill, Critter and her debut novel, The Sweetheart of Prospect county.

I'll blog more about the book, but for now, I have to marvel at our unique meeting. How often does that happen?

I'll tell ya . . . it made the flight delay well-worth it. If you're ever going to get stranded in an airport, Jill is the lady to get stranded with! :0)

The way things work out sometimes . . . it's amazing!


Bradmouth said...

Glad to see someone displaying how cordial fellow Southerners can be. Great story. Could've used this lady when I was stuck in Lima Int'l for 24 hours.

theBrad (verla tag)

Ian Sands said...


shelley said...

What a great stroy! I've had a few of these Serendipitous meetings, and you're right. Children's writer's are the nicest people. Once, after listening to katherine Paterson speak We ended up on the same elevator. Not once but twice, trying to get out of the building. She was so nice. And I was so speechless! I'm enjoying your blog.

PJ Hoover said...

It is amazing! And Critter leads the life, doesn't he?

C.R. Evers said...

Brad, thnx for stopping by! :0D

Ian, very well put.

Hey Shelley! that's really cool!

PJ, I know, I'm so jealous of a piece of foam board. ;0)

Kristopher and Crew said...

That is an awesome story. I'm always amazed at those folks that travel all of the time on planes. They must either have a really good sense of humor be horribly grumpy, because man, there are some crazy passengers overhead. And cool ones.

Check In To The ROUS Motel!

adrienne said...

What a charming story. And it sounds like you and Critter had quite an adventure.:)

Rena said...

What a great post!

C.R. Evers said...

Kris. & crew . . . thnx for stopping by and commenting. I agree, travel will either leave you w/ a good sense of humor or it'll leave you grumpy. I can understand both perspectives.

Adrienne, Thnx! It was a fun adventure!

Rena, Thnx! :0) Critter says he misses you!

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Solvang Sherrie said...

What a great story! I'm still bummed that we missed each other at the conference.

C.R. Evers said...

Next year I totally need an i-phone and a get-together plan!

thnx for stopping by! :0)

Suzanne Casamento said...

OMG! I went to Jill's session with Michael Bourret. She's hilarious! I loved her. I can't believe you went through your travel trials with her. She must have been the best travel buddy.

Glad to hear that you loved her book. It's totally on my TBR list!

C.R. Evers said...

I was in that one too! She is really funny, isn't she!? Too bad I didn't know you were in there. We could've been workshop buddies.

I'm going to give away a copy of her book soon . . . so stay tuned! :0)