Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I Love Gracious Writers

So this is pretty fantastic:

Yesterday afternoon, I was preparing to teach the first day of a new book in my big lecture class (we started it today). And so I popped over to the author's website. It says that she lives in this particular half of my state.

Huh, I thought. I wonder if she's nearby?

A White Pages search revealed that yes, she is very nearby! Like a 15-minute drive away!

So I wrote her an email, which I had to revise about 35 times to make it sound sufficiently respectful and not pushy; I wound up with something like, "I would love to invite you to speak to my class next year, when I teach the book again. (I realize that it's probably far too late to invite you for this year, but, if you're free in the next week and a half, we would love to have you.)"

Yes, I went for the cowardly parenthetical. I almost added another parenthetical explaining and apologizing for the first parenthetical, but I stopped myself. Thankfully. Hyper-self-conscious meta-writing is sorta my thing, but sometimes it just isn't appropriate.

And she wrote back! And asked for dates and times!

And now she's coming to my class next Wednesday!

How cool is that? Bonus cool: That's one less day I have to prep! Plus my TA is lecturing on Monday! So basically I'm done lecturing for the semester, a whole week early!!


Good Enough Woman said...

Winning!!! Nicely done.

Fie upon this quiet life! said...

Yay! Congrats!

I'm supposed to by Skyping with a current British playwright tomorrow afternoon in my drama class (which we're holding early because of the 5-hour time difference). I hope the tech holds out and that it all goes smoothly!

Let us know how the visit goes!

heu mihi said...

Sounds cool, Fie! I hope that it works out.

What Now? said...

Wow, that's so cool!

undine said...

Awesome! Also, it's brave of you to approach her!

Fie upon this quiet life! said...

Well the technology didn’t work as well as hoped. But I had her phone number so I called her (iPhone to iPhone FaceTime —I hope this doesn’t result in enormous charges!). Anyway - we had a good chat despite technology problems, and I hoping the students enjoyed it. Sometimes it feels like students have no idea how great an opportunity something is. Know what I mean?

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