ArmchairBEA Day Three: Let's Talk Networking...say what?!

For Day 3, we want you to share your positive experiences of using your blog to get involved in your community.  This can involve partnerships with the local literary scene, attending author events and signings, or getting together with bloggers in your area.  We want to hear it all!

I was really surprised with today's topic since this is only my third month of blogging, there's really little I can say. But because I have the tendency to tell everything, I'm gonna say my part, on or off topic. xD Now hold onto your seats, my lovely damsels, we're onto a very long and bumpy ride!

Blogging led me to meet awesome people. And I already mentioned one  in my Armchair BEA Day One post. This certain lady who is also a Filipina lives in Australia and I met her while I was flooding the Twitterverse with my constant swearing. I was reading Obsidian  that time. My tweet that said, "Asshole!!!" caught her attention and she asked me who was it. I told her it was Daemon Black, the hot guy of the book and then I started gushing out these phrases, urging her to read the book like immediately. Ate Lalaine then obliged, I don't know whether she was scared or just persuaded by my barely readable fangirl talk and then everything else was history. Twitter is my main magic medium of Networking followed by Blogger.
                                  My first author encounter
Our country, the Philippines, was seldom visited by authors from the US and if they do visit, they were only ushered in Manila. SO when I heard that Lauren Kate, the author of Fallen, was visiting my city, I beat all the odds and went to the signing. I collected her books, drawn by the gorgeous cover and I do believe it was the beginning of the elegant lady dresses cover era of the Young Adult genre. I brought my two books, (one missing because it was borrowed by my classmate) and my reluctant father to the mall and wore my "angelic" clothes. The wait was so suspenseful. I was constantly shifting in my seat. Then she walked in and it was poetry in motion. I was enamored by the statuesque woman walking towards the stage like a dream. And so was my father until I glared and threatened to call my mother, he stopped drooling staring.Hahaha. When it was the time for the audience to ask her questions, they froze entirely. See, we, people are really awkward. Until I braced myself, stood up and smiled at the organizer who thanked me. I was the first one to ask her a question. Can you believe that? I actually had the face to talk to her considering my anti-social skills. The question I asked was this, "Who inspired you to write Daniel?" OMG! It was lame, I know but my mind totally went blank and that was the only one I could utter. Lauren answered it charmingly and one by one, the others joined in to question her. I was so proud, my father was so proud and my invisible angel was so proud too. Fast forward to the signing, I boldly told her that I was the one she retweeted in Twitter. Now that was the lamest ever. She laughed and when I asked her if she's enjoying her stay, she answered me that she was loving the Philippines. *insert a silly grin* But of course, pictures!!! Who can forget them? Heh. 

              *My signed books* 

[Image removed due to the blogger's notoriety as an infamous criminal in hiding XD]
*Can somebody shout "awkward" at the top of their lungs please? :D*

There you have it! My boring and utterly awful  Armchair BEA entry for the topic Let's Talk Networking...(say what?!), what are yours? Link me up and I'll check em out!

PS. Needing followers to be my lovely damsels. I'll be sure to follow back. Just inform me in the comments section. Love and peace out, guys! 


darkmyth89 said... Best Blogger Tips

So lucky you got to meet Lauren Kate!! i never once got to have her sign my copies of her book, when she came here :( even though the mall was so close by. :( Awesome for you though! :)

Johanna said... Best Blogger Tips

@darkmyth89 WHYYY??!!!

nea barabea said... Best Blogger Tips

haha you're awesome!! :) :) Great courage! :) It must had felt great - apart from the awkward :P :P I think I would be shy too :P Enjoy aBEA! And hope to see you at the Twitter party!! ;)

Amanda Furman said... Best Blogger Tips

So happy that you were able to see Lauren Kate, but also connect with someone in another country :)


Lydia said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fantastic post (and lovely blog!) And your photo isn't awkward at all. I'm so glad you got to meet Lauren Kate =)

Keep up the good work - so happy to meet new bloggers!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I love meeting authors! In my experience they're always incredibly gracious and wonderful to their fans. Glad you got to meet Lauren!

Red said... Best Blogger Tips

Hooray for awkward book signing stories! I swear there's no way around it. They're always awkward.

The Flashlight Reader said... Best Blogger Tips

I always get scared to ask questions and never think of anything clever to say until hours later. =)

It's awesome you were able to meet Lauren Kate. She's on my list.

The Flashlight Reader

Kailia Sage said... Best Blogger Tips

That's a great story! I actually haven't met any authors myself and I'm in the US! But Lauren Kate is awesome to meet!


Judith said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nice story! You obviously liked the author (and her books so much) that you rather ask a question than make her feel awkward with silence. Well done for getting up!

Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said... Best Blogger Tips

Very nice story!

Sharon ObsessionwithBooks said... Best Blogger Tips

How wonderful you got to meet Lauren Kate! I loved reading your story, it was really sweet.

Thank-you so much for stopping by my blog -

Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

You are so lucky you got to go to a signing! I'm desperate to get to one (mostly for meeting other bloggers, if I'm honest) but even though I live in the states, they rarely come within 3 hours of me :( And it's totally not awkward! Well, okay, maybe, but so many of us book bloggers are awkward that I don't think it matters lol!

Valerie StuckInBooks said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE twitter! LOL about that Daemon Black comment!!! So funny.


Jana said... Best Blogger Tips

I just wanted to stop by and thank you for commenting on my blog post today! You mentioned that our names are very similar, and now I'm going to tell YOU that our blogs were designed by the same person! Haha. How crazy is that? I almost picked this one you have instead of the one I have. :)

I love that you got to (awkwardly) meet an author! I have yet to go to a signing, but I will someday!

- Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

Evangeline said... Best Blogger Tips

:) I'm sure Lauren will remember you, despite the "awkward" meeting.

And yeah, Daemon is quite a jerk, isn't he? But I think that's what makes him Daemon. :D

Lalaine said... Best Blogger Tips

hahahaha good times good times bunso! thats the most memorable event of my life. lol. and that photo of you and Lauren, GORGEOUS. COntinue writing because it makes me happy reading your blog. love you and mwahhhhhhhhhh.

Fiktshun said... Best Blogger Tips

That's so awesome that you got to go to her signing and amazing that you were the first one with enough courage to ask her a question.

And I hope your dad didn't get into too much trouble for drooling over the author. Or doesn't now if your mom reads your blog!

Happy armchair BEA! :)

Sel said... Best Blogger Tips

I live in Singapore, and I haven't met a single YA author in my life ._.

But it's so awesome that you met Lauren Kate! I think your first question is perfectly fine *waves hand breezily*

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