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I Met Cassandra Clare! And My Nonexistent Life

I went to the National Book Festival yesterday! It was my first time. I got this nifty water bottle too...

Before I get into the titillating details of my time with Ms. Cassandra Clare, let me share with you all of the exciting things I’ve done since my last post!

… never mind. If you’re a fellow teenager suffering from the stress of school, please contact me so I can rant to you about how miserable my life is and cry on your shoulder offer you advice and discuss motivational techniques to keep us sane!

Anyway, yesterday I went to the National Book Festival in DC to see Cassandra Clare talk about her writing and to get some of my books signed. For those of you who are unaware, Cassandra Clare is the amazing author of one of my favorite series, The Mortal Instruments, and the creator of my fictional boyfriend, Alec. Sorry ladies, he’s mine.

On that somewhat awkward note, do you remember your first time meeting a celebrity or someone famous? I know it’s sad, but meeting Cassandra Clare yesterday was my first encounter with an especially well-known person. After standing in line for over an hour to get my books signed, my inner introvert got the better of me when I actually approached her – I meekly said “hi”, and then “thank you so much”, and proceeded to scramble away with my friends.

I hope posting authors' signatures isn't illegal... I mean, it's not that impressive to be honest. I still love you Cassandra Clare!

If I could redo the moment, I would’ve informed her that the orange tabs in my copy of City of Fallen Angels were Alec and Magnus moments when she commented on them. I was just so starstruck – I suppose this wasn’t Lady Gaga, but seriously, I was standing three feet away from the lady who wrote the series I’ve spent hours reading, reviewing, and fanboying. The good news is that I didn’t faint.

About an hour later my friends and I went to see her book talk. She was pretty funny and offered some good advice about writing. Seeing her inspired me to do some more writing of my own, when I manage to gather the time, at least.

So, that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to lately, excluding the tear-inducing precalculus assignments I’ve been completing. I should write a post about the misconception that all Asians are good at math…

I apologize for not blogging more about books and pop. I have so much to write about but so little time! How are you guys doing? Have you ever been starstruck in the presence of a celebrity before? If not, please make up a scenario in which you did so I’ll feel better about myself… just kidding!



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