I had a thrilling encounter recently which is too exciting to not blog about, despite the cold which is still dampening my brain.
I’d heard news that none other than Peter S. Beagle would be doing a book signing near me, right after my birthday. THE Peter S. Beagle, writer of the beloved book The Last Unicorn. He has, of course, written much more than The Last Unicorn, but he is perhaps best known for that story, and it is that life-changing tale he wrote which I love him best for. I can’t even begin to put into words the profound effects The Last Unicorn has had on me, from growing up watching the movie of it, to reading the book for the first time as a teenager, and discovering that as I aged and grew, the story deepened and expanded with me.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Mr. Beagle two years ago at another book signing. I was completely in awe and could hardly speak. I think I managed to eventually squeak, “I really love your books.” But as I had brought my own copy of Unicorn with me, I hoped the worn, well-loved pages would speak more than I could. Two years ago was before I started taking photographs. A lot has changed in my life since then.
Several photos of mine have taken direct or indirect inspiration from The Last Unicorn. The most recent of these, and my current favorite, is the one below:
After some thought, I decided to take a print of my photo to the signing and ask Mr. Beagle to sign it. I was very nervous about this. It bolstered my confidence some that, after I had posted a link to this photo on my Facebook account, Mr. Beagle had seen it and said that it was “amazing.” And while I didn’t expect him to remember that, I hoped he at least wouldn’t mind me bringing my Unicorn-based art.
So I went to the signing with my print and a pen and my camera and Geoff, who was under instructions to get a photo of me with Mr. Beagle if it was possible. The line moved very quickly and before I knew it, it was my turn. Again, I could barely speak, but I managed to get my point across:
He is absolutely the nicest, kindest, more charming man you may ever meet. You wish he was your long-lost uncle. And, as you can see, he signed my print 🙂
It was a beautiful moment and I didn’t stop shaking for almost 20 minutes afterward.