It’s So Nice to Feel Normal…

…this was one of the comments I made on Saturday evening while sitting in a London branch of Pizza Express. On Saturday, a reading took place in Sh! Hoxton (where I will be reading with Kay Jaybee in a few short weeks). There’s always a great time to be had at Sh! but this event was unique because we had a US visitor – Rachel Kramer Bussel. The reading included several of her latest books and the authors appearing in them. I wasn’t a reader on this occasion – just an avid listener. However, it was quite the star-studded evening. Readers included:

Rachel did an introduction, then each reader did their piece in turn, with a break in the middle. Rachel concluded with another story and a Q&A – then it was signing time! I’d lugged several books down to London with me and got in the queue, where I also had a nice chat with Rachel. I also got my copies of The Business of Pleasure and On Demand signed by Justine Elyot, who I was delighted to meet for the first (and hopefully not the last!) time.

It was a fab evening and I was happy to also meet Suzanne Portnoy in the flesh, though I didn’t get chance to chat to Janine Ashbless, Rubyyy Jones, Scarlett French or Jacqueline Applebee, which was a real shame. There was just so many people around!

After the reading, however, there was more fun to be had. Myself, Victoria Blisse, K D Grace, Miss Rebecca Bond, Parv Roopray (not a writer, but a lovely attendee and fab photographer), Lexie Bay and her lovely hubby, Kay Jaybee and Justine Elyot and her lovely hubby headed off to Pizza Express. Not the most glamorous of locations, I’ll admit, but myself and a certain Ms. Bay are fussy eaters!

We piled in and were looked after well by the staff. Drink was drunk, food was munched, and lots of odd conversation took place. This is where the comment about feeling normal came in! After chatting with everyone about various things, both writing related and non – I realised we’re a fairly random bunch. What other dinner party would talk about baking, BDSM, hot celebrities (Chris Hemsworth, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, if you’re interested), editors, UK/US spelling, geeky films, travel and turtles in one evening!? I’ve no idea if our fellow diners could hear us, or what they thought – but we were too busy giggling to notice!

Sadly – as with all good things – the evening had to come to an end. We all went our separate ways and I embarked on a hellish bus journey with Miss Bond and Miss Roopray, which I would not like to repeat. However, it wasn’t all bad. I got a story idea out of it!

All in all I had an awesome – if tiring – weekend. It was soooo unbelievably cool to spend time with writers that I respect, enjoy reading and can also consider my friends. I feel very lucky to have a bunch of such fun and interesting friends. It’s just a shame we can’t meet face-to-face more often šŸ™

Thanks for a wonderful weekend, everyone. And special thanks go to Miss Rebecca Bond for letting me crash at hers, and The Boy for being so incredibly well trained!

13 Responses to "It’s So Nice to Feel Normal…"

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  1. Victoria Blisse

    July 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Yes, it is lovely to feel normal, even if that normal is a wonderful kind of weird! Great seeing you and all the smutters again. I can’t wait for the next time!

  2. Victoria Blisse

    July 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    It is lovely to feel normal, and the weird kind of normal our little band of smutters has going on is the best! I always enjoy meeting up with you and the other lovely ladies. I can’t wait for the next one!

  3. Justine Elyot

    July 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    We’re the normal ones – it’s every else that’s weird ;).

    Great post, and even greater to meet you!

  4. Savannah Chase

    July 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing your trip..The pictures look great and it shows you had a lovely time…

  5. Lucy Felthouse

    July 4, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Victoria – just three weeks for us, hurrah!

    Justine – you’re absolutely right, I never thought of it that way šŸ™‚ Lovely to meet you too.

    Savannah – I’m glad you enjoyed it, there are more photos on my Facebook page and those of some of the others that attended.

    Lucy x

  6. Saskia Walker

    July 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    What a fab day you had! It’s always good to hang out with fellow authors and I know just what you mean when you say it’s nice to feel normal. šŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your fun

  7. Mitnik

    July 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve finally figured out who it is you remind me of, it’s Sara Sidle from CSI! I can finally sleep now..

    Glad you all had a fun time, even if I didn’t understand half of what Vicky was trying to tell me šŸ˜‰

  8. Rubyyy Jones

    July 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I Can Totally Relate To ‘It’s So Nice To Feel Normal…’ What A Perfect Title For This Lovely Post! And Yes, We Will Have That Face-To-Face Soon Enough
    Love Lust & Light

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  10. K D Grace

    July 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Fabulous post, Lucy! And so true! It is nice to feel normal in the midst of so many fabulously normal people. See you in August!

  11. Lucy Felthouse

    July 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Mitnik – sorry, I have no idea who that is! Hope it’s someone nice!

    Rubyyy, absolutely! I’ll be down again in August for another reading!

    K D – you will see me sooner than that! šŸ™‚ We have the UK Meet to look forward to first!

  12. Mitnik

    July 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Yeah, she is nice..

    She is the CSI version of Criminal Minds Penelope Garcia, or NCIS Abby Sciuto (when reduced to it’s most basic, it’s the sexy geek role) ;o)

  13. Lucy Felthouse

    July 7, 2011 at 8:54 am

    In that case, Mitnik, I shall certainly take it as a compliment! šŸ™‚