MY SECOND BOOK SIGNING
Yesterday was the day I finally got to meet Sarah Jane Maas. The event was held at Etobicoke in Indigo Bookstore at Sherway Gardens. Now, my friend Lore and I originally planned to be there by 8 the latest but when I woke up around 5:30 AM, I saw her text that pretty much said people were already there. I jumped out of bed to get in the bathroom and quickly get ready to head over. On my way there, the update showed 62 people in line and by the time I got there they lost count and the line was so long I was tempted to run. I found out that some people have been there since 3 AM! They started from outside the mall, until the security guard noticed the growing line and let them in.
When I got there it was 6:40 AM, it was like doing the walk of shame for being late in class or work. One cannot underestimate SJM fans, because the line just kept growing after that. I was actually in awe at how amazing the dedication of the fans were. The rain kept pouring down and so did the fans. The line was so long, that we reached the max capacity for the wristbands before 9 AM! We were separated into 5 groups, I was in group 3 and were told that we would be going in at 11 AM when the store opens to purchase our books and get our wristbands. Everything was going well, met 5 new friends during the wait, bought our books (though I did forget to use my plum card), got our wristbands then the chaos started.
We got up to where the Q&A would be held and the crowd just kept coming, both fans and customers. We couldn’t get a spot to standby to see Sarah, all security guards kept telling us different things, in the end we just lined up to get our books for the signing. Unfortunately we could barely hear Sarah through the speakers, but I did follow the Q&A through Twitter. There were rumours going around that the Q&A would be cut to 15 minutes and the signing will be rush in order for Sarah to catch her flight. Many were disappointed at first, seeing as it was her first time touring Canada and this was her last stop for her tour. But in the end, the Q&A lasted an hour and both Sarah and her husband took their time to converse with every single fan while they signed the books.
That’s 1 out of 5 photos that I had during the signing, I was getting so nervous when I saw her in between fans during the line. My hands started shaking when I was within a few feet away from her. My heart was pounding and I was starting to get teary-eyed that Lore and the other people in line were trying to calm me down, you guys rocked by the way! By the time I was next in line, I told Lore I couldn’t do it. I knew I was going to cry. When Sarah told me to come on up, the first thing she did was compliment my Evenstar necklace. I then gave her the card I made with the drawing of Night Court. At first she thought I wanted her sign it, then I told her it was for her and she was surprised. She said it was beautiful and Josh asked if it was made out of sharpie, hehe. I used ink to make the card and wrote a little note in the back for her.
I then told her that I didn’t want to cry but she said “It’s OK, I welcome tears! I’m the girl who cries when dandelions grow.” I laughed while crying at this point. I thanked her for writing these books and characters, spoke about some personal experience I dealt and continue to deal with, how her books helped me through some of these moments. Then she stood up and hugged me! This broke me, I just sobbed and she said “OMG, you’re really crying!”. I was a mess, she held my hand after she hugged me and slowly sat back down still holding my hand while I pretty much poured my soul and thanked her. She then signed my book and this was when I realized I forgot to ask her questions, the only one I remembered was whether Amren is part of the ToG world and she said no, but we might see something in the next books!
After that she gave me ACOWAR, I waved and said hi to Josh and she thanked me for coming while I thanked her for finally coming here. Then I walked away wiping my tears as the staff gave me my camera. She said she just kept holding it for the blast and as she handed it back I saw 109 or 119 photos, I was super excited. I saw some of the fans in line cheering me on as I walked away trying to compose myself, ha. Once I got out and got to the food court, I checked the album and it didn’t show any photos at all. I freaked! I was so sad and Lore suggested we go back to ask if we could go in the back of the line to just get a photo. Thankfully, the staff and security were nice enough to let us and I felt bad for cutting in between the next person but I was grateful they let me take candid photos. The funny part though is how awkward we looked, mostly me. When I got back up, Sarah said “Hello again” while Josh just laughed. That is how I ended up with 5 awkward photos with them, haha. Below you can see my signed books!!
They are both so darn adorable though, all smiles and their laughter is just the best thing ever. I was so happy to have met both of them and that Sarah was super kind and lovely about our meet, even though I cried nonstop. So much for not crying and be all chill, ha. Overall, it was an amazing day. I was super happy, I still have trouble processing the whole thing! I loved every moment, even though I was a complete mess and lost the photos. We were both crying, but she still looked perfect in the end. She’s such a beautiful woman, I forgot to tell her! Both her and her husband are honestly High Fae, I swear it. They’ve got faerie or elvish blood in them, I don’t know which but it’s one or the other! The girls and I gathered in the end to take photos with our copies before we parted ways. I am so glad to have met them during the signing, they made the wait a blast! This has been my second book signing and both happened in less than a month!
Here are the photos of all 3 books from this series:
I truly love the color scheme for this series and the theme of Feyre with different Night Court attire. I cannot get over how beautiful the dress is for ACOWAR, how it was inspired by Charlie Bowater’s artwork and it’s just perfect that the color is green (one of my favourite colors). The photos below shows the artwork featured for this series, which was the exclusive version that Indigo had. I love it, the front page shows Feyre and the Inner Circle while the back of the book shows the Inner Circles with their separate panels. These artwork were created by both Charlie Bowater and Coralie Jubénot! They’re both so talented, I live off their artwork along with other amazing artists in this fandom! If you haven’t seen any of their artwork, please check them out!
That’s all for now, thank you for stopping by. If you were at the event or any of the stops from Sarah’s tour, please leave a comment below with your experience and which edition of the book you have!