Thursday, September 15, 2011

Meeting my Friend Anne (and a Giveaway!)

It's not unusual, I don't think, to have friends we've never met in person. We get to know people through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, emails, or other internet places. And some of these people become people we call friends. And these types of friends are every bit as real and wonderful as those we sip coffee with. (Although I don't sip coffee. Or even drink it. It just sounds so cozy I wish I did).

For me, one of those friends is middle grade author Anne Ylvisaker. I first met her through Twitter. Then I read a book of hers, reviewed it on a Marvelous Middle Grade Monday post (this one), she wrote a guest post on my blog (it's right here), and we began emailing. She's a wonderfully gracious, kind, encouraging, thoughtful friend who makes time for me - even when she doesn't have the time.

One week ago today, I read on Anne's blog that she'd be in Red Wing, Minnesota, on Saturday, September 10, for a children's book festival. Oh. My. Gosh. That's one hour from where I live! So my kids and I drove to the festival and met Anne!!


There are people who doubt a friendship can exist from online communication only. I am not one of those people, but I am grateful for having met Anne in person. I hope it's not the only time I do so. And......quite obviously, she's the published author and knows not to cover the cover of the book with her FINGERS!

Because she and her writing are so wonderful, I bought an extra copy of Anne's latest novel (I'm not nice enough to give you mine) The Luck of the Buttons and had it signed - to give away to one of you!! Comment by 10pm CST on Sunday, September 18, to enter the drawing for a hardcover, signed copy of The Luck of the Buttons.

And just because I'm curious, do you have friends you've never met in person?

15 comments:

  1. Um, yeah. You! And Jessie and Akoss.
    And all the other people I'm getting to know on blogs and twitter, though I haven't been as chatty with most of them.
    I read LUCK OF THE BUTTONS too--great hero, that Tugs! (And a great name...)
    Hope to get together one day!

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  2. What a wonderful story! And yes, I do. I'm met loads of wonderful writers, like you!, on Twitter and my blog. Wouldn't it be great if we could have a live Twitter writer conference one day and all get together and meet each other personally?!!!!

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  3. Great story! I wish I could meet most all my online friends. I have met one so far and it has developed into a great friendship!

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  4. Yes! To everyone! In my case, my online friends are writers. They give me a boost or an encouraging word when my sometimes (okay lots of times) lonely writing-self most needs it. I hope to meet - in person - many more of you in my lifetime.

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  5. I think the sole fact that I dragged myself out of my hole more than once these past two weeks to check in on your blog (and you) makes you one of those few online friends of mine.
    Of course Kristen beat me by mentioning the rest of the gang. It will be great to meet in real life one day.

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  6. Akoss, your comment is beautiful. And just the type of encouragement I was speaking of in my comment above. Bless your heart.

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  7. Yes, I feel completely connected to many friends via email, twitter, and blogging even though we've never met. And I agree, they inspire me.

    So cool that you got to meet Anne.

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  8. Great story! Such a supportive community of online friends. It would be wonderful to all meet in person.

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  9. Great post. All these blogging friends do feel like RLFs--and in some ways, more so. Because we're all interested in the same thing (writing) and we know what a long and winding road it is and can empathize with one another's journeys.

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  10. There is nothing better than meeting someone in real life that you first knew online. :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  11. I've made SO MANY friends on the Internet. And when I say friends, I really mean friends. There are people I count on for support and a smile, and meeting them in person occasionally is icing on the cupcake.

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  12. Again, thank you, each of you! I wonder if non-writers feel as strongly about online friends as writers do? Hmmmmm. *stares into space* *taps fingers on chin*

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  13. I have several friends I've never met in person, so I am with you, it does happen. There is one who I've know online for 10 years. We met in person for the first time a couple of years back. Oh my. It was great and surreal, lol!

    Thanks for the chance to win this book!

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  14. Writers share a unique bond, we're a strange bunch, introspective, silly, creative, serious, random and that can be all on the same day...right? It has been so refreshing to find others that understand the frustration of trying to get a sentence right. I look forward to meeting all my online friends. I think since words are our thing we find ourselves connecting on a deeper level...mmm...maybe...

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  15. Deb and Pam, I love knowing that others feel as I do. And Pam, your point about others understanding getting a sentence right. So true!

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