Last month, I had a little bit of a conversation with Bruce Coville, author of many beloved childrens books including "The Unicorn Chronicles." It was so strange how it happened (and with one of my fav authors) that I gotta tell you about it.
On his website(www.brucecoville.com), Mr. Coville has a guestbook that fans can sign and he will reply to them. Well, I signed that guestbook, but he never replied to my post. Or anyone else's for that matter. He posted that he wouldn't be able to reply to messages for a few weeks. That time passed and he was answering messages again, but again, not mine.
Thinking that maybe it had slipped through the cracks, I posted again, saying basically the same thing. Later that day I recieved an e-mail with the subject, "Timing!" It was from Bruce Coville. This is what he said:
This is bizarre - I was literally posting a response to your message on the guestbook while you were sending this to me. I hit send, moved back to my e-mail page, and there was your message to me, wondering if I had gotten your first posting. You should recieve that message soon, if you haven't already.
Timing is everything!
I laughed out loud and replied to the e-mail saything this:
"Mr. Coville, thanks for sharing the hilarious story with me. My timing is always lousy or perfect, depending upon how you look at it!
Also, thanks for taking the time to answer questions and listen to your readers. I know it means a lot to people, including me, and it sets a great example.
Always wishing happy writing,
And then he replied once more:
"Thanks, Madison. And good luck with following your own dreams.
Talk about weird! But, hey, in this case, weird is a good thing!