Oct 14, 2007

Meeting Terry Pratchett (and Rhinoa)

This past Saturday I went to London to go to the Forbidden Planet Terry Pratchett signing, and I also got to meet the lovely Rhinoa. I was half an hour late to meet her, because some of the tube lines in London were cut, and the stations that did work were crowded, so I was delayed, confused and sort of lost, not necessarily in this order. My punishment was that, unlike Rhinoa, I didn’t get to see Terry Pratchett arrive and stand outside the store talking on the phone for something like ten minutes.

Me and Rhinoa

We actually had a pretty good position in line, but we still had to stand and wait for three hours, because the line went more slowly than we had expected. Time passed fast, though, and we got to talk about books, Poppets, movies, Tori Amos and other things. I had a really good time chatting with Rhinoa and some other Discworld fans who were waiting. There was a guy ahead of us in line who had met Neil Gaiman randomly at a Joe Hill signing just a little over a week ago! He had him sign a copy of Good Omens, and now he was bringing it for Terry Pratchett to sign too.

The reason why the line was going so slowly was that, first of all, Terry Pratchett would sign as many books as people brought. A guy ahead of us had a bag full of them. It made me wish I had at least brought my copy of Reaper Man, my favourite Discworld book. Secondly, he actually took some time to talk to people. I thought he was very friendly. I didn’t talk all that much, because I never quite know what to say in those situations, but as I was leaving I said “thank you for the stories”, and he looked up and smiled, which made me happy.

Me and Terry Pratchett (with Rhinoa in the background)

The books I got signed were Wintersmith and The Last Hero. I ended up not getting Making Money, because I have all the Discworld books in paperback and it would look odd in my collection (I can be slightly obsessive about those things). If I want to read it soon I can always borrow my boyfriend’s copy. I also got a really cool Jack Skellington plush for only £5! It was a good day.


  1. This sounds like such a fun day! Even standing in line chatting sounds great. And then getting to meet Mr Pratchett. Wonderful. And I love The Forbidden Planet, we always go there when we're in London.

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. How exciting! Despite your trouble getting there, it sounds like you had a great time. :-)

  4. I see by the photo that mr Pratchett looks more near my age than yours!.. Right off the bat (knowing me, if I met him) I'd be asking about his beard!!! hehehe.. I have a "thing for beards"!.. soo cooool though that you got a really good autograph there!! AND got to me a "fellow" book blogger! All in all I'd say You had a REALLY good day!

  5. What a great day!! You and Rhinoa look cute :) I'd love to meet up with bloggers one day. I still say we have a global blogger convention...like any of us can afford that :p

    I'm so glad you got to meet Terry Pratchett! That must have been a great feeling! Oh, and I have the exact same Jack Skellington doll...at least I think. Is it the one with the bendable arms and legs?

  6. Glad you managed to get there. The Tube can be a real pain at times. Sounds like a fun day. :)

  7. As you can see we both have great taste in tops :) I had lots of fun too and will post about it myself tomorrow with some more photos. I know he had a stroke recently and is having trouble doing things like tying his tie and stuff, so maybe he had to cut his tour short because of that?

  8. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful day! You two look totally adorable! I'm sure this is one of those days you'll always remember!

  9. Okay, did you and Rhinoa plan the purple striped tops? The two of you feels a little Tim-Burton-ish in that picture.

    You got to meet Terry Pratchett and he smiled at you! My heart feels your joy!

    The Jack Skellington looks great! Keep him there, treading over the books!

  10. How fun!! Meeting Terry Pratchett AND a fellow blogger!! Lucky you!

    Great pictures too! Congrats!

  11. Looks like you had a great time (tube troubles be damned!)

    I love the picture of you and Rhinoa, you're like two blogging peas in a pod :)

  12. Cath: Forbidden Planet is great! I left without taking a proper look at everything because I was afraid I'd be tempted to buy even more things!

    Andi: It really was wonderful :)

    Literary Feline: I really did :)

    Deslily: He's had the beard for a long time... it's in every single picture of him I've seen. And it IS a cool beard. It was a REALLY good day!

    Chris: Aw, thank you :) I know that a bloggers convention sounds unfeasible, but who knows, maybe one day. And hey, I've always wanted to go to New Orleans :P Yup, the Jack Skellington has bendeable arms and legs, plus the stripes on his clothes glow in the dark...he's great!

    Tanabata: It was quite a pain - not only there were lines that were cut, but the stations that did work were SO crowded. But in the end all went well.

    Rhinoa, we do :D I remember reading about that stroke, but I thought it'd been last year? I googled and I found the quote again: "I had a stroke sometime over the past year.I don't even know when it was. I can't tie a necktie any more but,on the other hand,I can remember the whole of a Kleenex tissue advert from 1962." He seems to have recovered, and plus it'd be odd to cancel just that one date, but who knows, you might be right. Fortunately he did seem to be doing well, and hopefully we can keep on counting on the yearly new Discworld.

    Debi: Thank you :) It certainly is a day to remember.

    Dark Orpheus: We really didn't :P I guess we just have similar taste. I actually have a black and purple one just like the one she wore - I'm glad I didn't pick it for that day. Jack does look good treading over the books, doesn't he? I think I will keep him there.

    Stephanie: It was a lot of fun. I wish we could have a big blogger convention... we'd all go to a Neil Gaiman signing together!

    Kim: Thanks :) I did have a great time.

  13. Hey! I left a comment here, and it disappeared! I said something about you and Rhinoa matching your blog. Something about what fun it is seeing what blogfriends look like. Something about it being worth the wait to meet an author if s/he's giving people time for conversations.

  14. What a cute pic of you and Rhiona! Sounds like a fun time. I also never know what to say when I meet an author - well, mainly if it's someone I love. I get all star struck :)

  15. Dewey, blogger does that sometimes, and I have no idea why. I apologize on its behalf :P lol, we do match my blog! I wear purple quite often, not surprisingly. And yes, the wait was very much worth it.

    Iliana: Thanks :) I practically worship Terry Pratchett, so I was nearly speechless when my turn came. But still, I managed to thank him for writing some of my very favourite stories, which was the main thing I wanted to do.

  16. What a wonderful day...meeting both Terry Pratchett and Rhinoa! I love the photos.


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