I had the most magical Saturday last weekend in Brooklyn, in a charming little bookshop called “Book Court”. here, one of my dreams came true! I got to meet and talk to Francesca Lia Block, one of my favorite authors ever.
Ever since I read her book “Dangerous Angels”, i’ve wanted to meet her, the writer who could capture my heart with her mystical words. the creator of such glittering, beautiful, ethereal, yet human stories. ever since i read the book, i’ve wanted to work with her somehow, because through her books i’ve felt like our hearts are the same. i read TONS of books every year, and out of the many thousands i’ve read in my lifetime, i can confidently say that she is one of my top 5 favorite authors. I have most of her books (and i LOVE all of them!!) and find myself needing to reread them all the time
i’ve been meaning to write this blog for the past couple of days, but life has been hectic. so today i treated myself to a pedicure while i reread “Dangerous Angels” (i now have shiny raspberry pink toenails!), took a long hot shower and scrubbed myself so that afterwards, my skin could drink in the most luxurious, apricot & vanilla whipped body butter. so NOW, with my green rooibos tea and honey, and my raspberry colored candles lit, i am ready to write this blog
I found out FLB would be in Brooklyn for a reading, about a month or so ago. i immediately marked it into my calendar, knowing that i HAD to go, it was like the universe was giving me the perfect opportunity! but as the day approached, i started to get a little anxious and scared like i usually do when i’m about to meet somebody i so admire. i was tempted to just stay home, where i knew i wouldn’t be bothered by the butterflies fluttering around in my stomach. but what soul fulfilling event isn’t accompanied by some fluttering butterflies?
but as seems to happen often when you need it, i encountered some words by Gabby Bernstein in one of her books, that helped me. it was literally the perfect words at the perfect moment. i read that nobody is more special than anyone else. so i am not better than anyone else because of so and so, and nobody else is better than me. we are all just humans living on this planet, we are all equal. this helped me realize that i had nothing to be nervous about. i was just going to go into Brooklyn to meet a fellow human being (that i totally admire!!).
as soon as i walked into the room that she was speaking in, i just felt calm and happy. i soaked in her words, and then stood in the line to get my book signed. she graciously signed her new book “Love in the Time of Global Warming”, as well as my decade old copy of “Dangerous Angels”, and gave me a hug because she recognized me from Facebook! she also said i was pretty and that she loved my outfit!! THE FLB, whose fashion descriptions in all her books i SO WORSHIP, said she loved my outfit! i was (am) beyond honored! and of course this was all my reward for pushing myself even though i was uncomfortable. i’d say it was so worth it!!
So now i have my new signed copy of her new book, which i haven’t started yet. i’m excited to read it, but somehow find myself saving it for some reason. i guess i don’t want it to be over so i don’t even want to start! and i am in the middle of “Dangerous Angels” (AGAIN), because i’m inspired by the book that introduced me to her writing. and i also am hoping for one of my biggest dreams ever, that revolves around the book, and around working with FLB! but i am already happy either way, because one of my dreams DID come true, i got to meet the wonderful, and beautiful, Francesca Lia Block