Me and Neil Gaiman

Posted on September 29, 2014. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , |

Bet that got your attention! Here’s more, just to keep you interested.

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

Though I look exactly the same, you may have guessed from Neil Gaiman’s hair that this photo was taken a few years ago.  The other gentleman in the photo is Dave McKean. This was taken while they were on a comic book signing tour, back before one had to wait 7 hours in line for Mr. Gaiman’s autograph, which is why they were so accommodating as to allow for photos. (Both really, really nice guys, btw)

Okay, so why am I talking about Neil Gaiman – oh, let’s just call it – five years after meeting him? I recently had an experience that brought me one step closer to him or, more particularly, to his literary agent.  I told a story about it at the George Mason University Fall for the Book Festival during the Better Said Than Done night of storytelling.

Here’s the video.



Hope you enjoyed my true story. If nothing else, retelling the tale has inspired me to work harder!

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What I Learned from Neil Gaiman and Al Madrigal

Posted on October 15, 2012. Filed under: Books, writing | Tags: , , |

Recently my life has involved a lot of writers – and I like it! Not that I have become besties with any of them (though I got to meet 3 very talented published writers at the Fall for the Book Drive – Read about it here), but I have managed to glean a little bit of wisdom from these successful writers.

First off, I got to see Neil Gaiman speak as part of the George Mason Fall for the Book Festival.  He did some readings, answered some questions and mostly looked and sounded adorable. I think it’s the English thing. I am sure he would hate to be described as adorable, but I can’t help it. I think he’s cute, and adorable.

Aside from having my school girl crush reinvigorated, I did actually learn two, hopefully, maybe, important lessons.

1. Whenever possible, be adorable.  Okay, so maybe we can’t all come built with a cute British accent (and please don’t fake one – it so doesn’t work), but I truly believe Neil Gaiman sells so many books, gets to write for TV and the movies and is as successful as he is based partly on the fact that he is likeable. Not to diminish his talent as a writer, because he’s a great writer, but flocks of fans don’t necessarily gather to hear every great writer when they are speaking. This is the third time I have seen Neil Gaiman at a public event and he always gets mobbed. I mean, people love him, not just his books, but him. So, if possible, be adorable. If not, at least try to be presentable.

2. Write. And then write more. And then write some more. This was actually something he said when asked about how to become a successful writer.  It’s obvious and everyone knows this, but knowing and understanding are sometimes different things.  His point was that there are a lot of good writers out there, a lot of great writers, but the ones who make it, the ones who get published, are the ones who are persistent.  He reiterated this point in several ways but the point was always the same – write, and then write some more.

Al Madrigal is a comedian and writer for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  The other day I got to see the Daily Show on Tour.  I was not expecting to get pearls of wisdom at the event. I thought I was going for laughs, but after the stand up comedy portion of the event, Al Madrigal, John Hodgman and Adam Lowitt hung out and answered questions. It was very cool. Again, I got a couple of ideas, lessons, thoughts from some of the (more…)

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