Yesterday I was lucky enough to do a panel discussions with Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess. For those of you who don’t know Jenny, she’s only a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the most popular bloggers out there. Her book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, is hilarious. I haven’t laughed out loud that much in a long time. And her fans. Well, her fans come to her events with props. Like giant red tutus and ball gowns. Or metal chickens. Or stuffed cats, worn as hats.
I know this because I stared at two girls wearing stuffed cats on their heads for 45 minutes during our panel. It was awesome.
I was obviously thrilled to share a stage with Jenny and, luckily, we totally hit it off. Well, I think we did — maybe she would tell a different story, but I don’t think so. I mean, she said I looked like a smiling version of Kristen Stewart. That’s got to equal friendship.
When we first met, Jenny mentioned she didn’t have a chance to read MWF Seeking BFF yet. Considering she’s been on a 15-city book tour since April, it’s understandable. And then she told me that when she asked the organizer about my book, her exact(ish) words were: “What’s the story? Is it that she’s really snobby so she thought no one was good enough to be her BFF?”
The organizer–thank you organizer!–said: “Oh no. She’s basically looking for you.”
It’s true! I’m just looking for someone to be awkward with. But you guys already know that.
So we had a great time discussing our personal choices of Harry Potter wand (me: Ginny; Jenny, er, Jenny’s 7-year-old daughter: Hermione) and how jeans are not as comfortable as everyone lets on. And then, somehow, I ended up wearing this…
Because apparently, when you do readings with Jenny Lawson, her dedicated readers invite you to try on their massive red tutus.
Anyone who loves tutus is a friend of mine. Done and done.
Is there a blogger out there (ahem, present company excluded of course) that you’d want to be friends with? And if you haven’t already, check out Jenny and her new book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I dare you not to laugh.
Reminder! MWF Seeking BFF is in stores now. It’s perfect summer reading material, if I do say so myself. Easy reading, but with enough meaty content to keep your brain sharp in the summer heat. How can you resist?