In My Mailbox (imm) is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.
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Amongst other exclamations and capitalized letters, I expressed my happiness by saying the following to Adele on Twitter:
I don’t know about you, but there’s just something about a signed book being flown clear across the Pacific Ocean written by one of those authors you admired very early on in your YA-lovin’ years that’s completely thrilling and fills me with joy. (Not gonna lie, there’s also something about someone actually liking your name, too.)
There’s a special part of my heart that lights up whenever I converse with an author about their work or get an email reply from a designer agreeing to an interview. All of these interactions are special — the fact that I’m able to share with another artist whose work I admire. I don’t have many signed books, but the ones that I do have are sincerely treasured. Thanks so much, Adele. Oh, and the book made it all the way to the night stand, but not actually next to my head on the pillow. 😉
Also, they’re not actually books, but I’ve been writing letters and sending cards back and forth with Steph, Chachic, and my pen pal Liz in Tennessee. The latest letter came in the mail this week from Steph, and made me immediately want to fly to China and hug her neck. You know there’s something special about handwritten letters when you’re actually willing to let your hand cramp after fifteen minutes of writing. Thanks to wonderful technology, I’m pretty sure my penmanship has been the same since the 7th grade.