Armchair BEA: Community Interaction
Share a positive “real life” experience with books! Either by way of your own partnerships in your community, a book signing you went to or possibly even a get together with fellow book bloggers.
When I thought about this question, I realized that there was a simple question. Outside blogging, off line and in the world of the real, I don’t really tell many people that I am a blogger. I know, it’s sad. I don’t go to book signings because I am poor, I have never met another blogger in real life unless video chatting counts.
I am a shy person. The most I ever did to interact with a stranger about books was to warn someone that a book they were considering wasn’t that good. And I gave a 12 year old a lecture on feminism. That was probably weird for her.
I don’t like my library because librarians are evil. Actually, that’s a joke. My library system in my county is pitiful. I might go to the main library tomorrow just to see if it’s gotten any better since the last time I went and was told that they didn’t carry Harry Potter. I was 12. They disillusioned me at an early age.
Over AIM, I asked River this question. I’ll assume the crickets from her mean that she shares a similar experience to me. We both have agoraphobia and are both painfully poor and laden with student loan debt. Going to events like BEA is impossible for us, and going to signings isn’t really possible thanks to our dedication to education and the following realization that our degrees were kind of meaningless. I have two unpaid internships and she works in a coffee shop while we pursue the dream.
I am just going to stop now while I am ahead and ask you what experiences YOU have had. Chances are they’re 100% better than mine! I will be visiting by the different blogs doing this after work because I want to get tips on interactions! And if you live in the Raleigh area, maybe we could meet and shop the Goodwill book section!