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I Flew to Toronto to Thank Sarah J Maas

I went on a crazy adventure this past weekend with my great friend Bruno from over at The YA Bibliobaron. It is one of my favorite adventures to date and I would do it over again in a heartbeat. Flying is one of my favorite things. It’s such an incredible feeling getting out and seeing new things, meeting new people.

 

When I learned that Sarah J Maas was going to be in Toronto for a signing, I bought a flight to Toronto and counted down the days. I had known for a long time that I would fly anywhere in Canada to see her, be it Toronto or all the way out West. So on Saturday I hopped on a plane and flew 1805Kms to just outside Mississauga in Ontario. (1125 miles)

We had been following the IndigoTeen and IndigoEvents Twitter pages for days to get an idea of when we should arrive at the store for wristbands. To be completely honest, for a week before I left for Toronto I was struggling with a massive bout of anxiety over missing the event. We knew just how busy this signing was going to be and we didn’t want to risk the chance of me not seeing her after flying so far.

Fun fact – We were sitting in the movie theater at 7:40pm Saturday, waiting to watch ‘Everything, Everything’ and we looked at each other and decided that we should get a refund and head right to the hotel to get some sleep. We got 4 hours, and thank god we did. We needed even that small amount of sleep to function as much as we did.

After our 4 hours of sleep, we did what two very excited and devoted fans do – We went to the Sherway Garden Chapters at 3am and sat in line. It was cold, out butts went numb but we wouldn’t have had it any other way. The people who lined up with us around the same time ended up being phenomenal company while time passed and I’m so glad to have met them. Just after 4am, there were over 20 people in line and we knew then that we made the right decision. At 9am, all of the wristbands were gone.

11am came a bit quicker than I was expecting and that’s when the store opened and we could make our way to purchase our copy of ACOWAR and get our wristbands! I’m a little sad we didn’t get to keep them after the signing but that was the least of my worries. We had a choice of going right to the signing area to wait until 1pm when the event started or heading out to the food court for food. Bruno and I both agreed that since we already waited so long that two more hours wouldn’t kill us. So up we went to sit down on the floor and wait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This wait, this two-hour wait felt like one of the longest in my time. I had dreamed of meeting her for so long, to thank her what ACOTAR did for me when I was being diagnosed with my BPD and at my lowest I’ve ever been in life. I could feel the anxiety kicking in and my body was suddenly shaking. The moment she came into view, I was crying like a baby. I knew deep down I wouldn’t be the only one, so it made the situation much easier. I was surrounded by fans and fellow book lovers all here for the same reason: to show our support for this amazing woman.

We originally thought she was only speaking for 15 minutes but it ended up being an hour. One of the best hours of my life.

Here are a few things that came up in the discussion:

☆☆Sarah has had season tickets to the ballet since she was a child
☆☆She acts out the scenes as she writes them, in a mirror located in her office.
☆☆Rhysand is a Ravenclaw, Feyre is a Hufflepuff (Whoo!) and Cassian is a Griffindor. (I completely agree with all of these!!)
☆☆When asked what Rhysands last name is, she promptly told us Hotpants.
☆☆Manon was a character that she needed in her life at that point in time. She didn’t care what anyone, including the readers, thought.
☆☆This was her VERY first Canadian tour!

The time had come. After the talk came the signing. How did it go? Well, I cried. I mumbled. I said thank you more times than I can remember, and she hugged me. ( Where I, again, said thank you.) She told me she loved my hair and It was over. I cried the entire time. bawled like a baby.

I was worried I was going to be upset with myself for crying, that I had ruined a once in a lifetime moment that I was given, but when I stop and think about it now, I absolutely did not. There is nothing wrong with showing emotions, especially when those emotions are so strong and for a great reason.

 

 

 

So Sarah, if you ever read this for some reason, I’m sorry I was shaking and crying. I know I made absolutely no sense at all but I would fly the distance all over again, just to thank you. Just to hear you speak and most likely cry all over again.

To Indigo and everyone who was involved, thank you for an incredible event and signing. I loved getting to meet new people and see friends far away. It was so well put together and all the staff were super friendly. I can’t wait to fly out and hang with you again.

 

Sarah LeBlanc

★ Borderline battler ★ Bookish lover ★ Hunger Games fanatic ★ Jodi Meadows Fangirl ★ Raising Awareness of Mental Health and BPD ★

  • Jacy

    Rhysand Hotpants! 😄 YES!! I am SO thrilled that you got to have this experience! I love you lots and I’m so glad you had a safe and amazing trip! Xoxo.

    May 25, 2017 at 9:20 am Reply

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