DISCLAIMER: I am not encouraging anyone to put themselves in a compromising situation with some random person they met in some random chat room. If you’re going to meet someone who befriended you on the internet in real life, you need to be smart about it—meet in a public place, make sure multiple people know where you’re going and when you’re supposed to get back. MAKE GOOD CHOICES. That is all.
I don’t know how many of you are friends with me on Goodreads, but if I’m bumming around online, I’ll more than likely be there. Part of the reason for that is I co-moderate a buddy reading group with one of my best friends.
A friend that I met on Goodreads.
A friend that I talk to on an almost daily basis.
A friend for whom I’ve gotten books signed for and who has gotten books signed for me.
A friend who, before yesterday, I’d never met in real life.
We didn’t need to have a face-to-face relationship, b/c we bonded over what we both love most in the world (after family): BOOKS.
A void that had been growing since I first fell in love with dragons and vampires was filled by this person I stumbled across on the Internet. I no longer fear spontaneous combustion when reading a new release, b/c even my bookish friends don’t prioritize reading the latest installment of a series immediately, and I have no one to talk to.
It. Is. A W E S O M E.
So when we had an opportunity to hit the same convention, a gathering of many of our mutual favorite authors, we jumped on it.
Then it’s time to actually go to the convention, and the apprehension set in . . .
B/c come on, even though we get on well via text message and online book discussions, there’s always going to be that phantom fear of, “what if everything turns to crap when we meet in person,” or something similar.
But it didn’t. *throws confetti in the air*
We met near Cafe du Monde for a cemetery tour, and we ooohhh-ed over the architecture, and we aaahhh-ed over Marie Laveau’s tomb, and we ate too much fried food, and generally had a great time.
I’m not including any pictures in this post, b/c I’m sitting in my hotel room, working on my iPad, but I promise to include LOTS in my full post, when I get back home.
In the meantime, I’m going to gallivant all over the French Quarter with my book bff.
B/c the internet makes the world a much smaller place.
What about you? Have you ever met one of your online book buddies in real life?