Fangirl Misadventures (And Redemption), Part 2

Posted April 1, 2019 by Leah in Discussion / 3 Comments


Hello, everyone! Welcome back to another chapter into my fangirl misadventures, where I dish on my most embarrassing or cringy moments of meeting people I admire. We’ve got a good one today, although it’s more of a lost opportunity, but I also have what I’m calling a Fangirl Redemption, so kudos to me. If you’d like to see part 1 in this series, the link is here.


LeVar Burton, of Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation

Everyone. Reading Rainbow was one of mine and my sister’s favorite programs going up. This man is one of the reasons I’m a reader! And he played my favorite character on TNG. My parents and I were waiting at the airport to catch a flight back home when  I realized he was on the same flight. We were getting ready to board though, and I was quietly freaking out and telling my mom, “LeVar Burton is on our flight home!” I figured since we were already standing in line, I’d wait until we landed to ask him for an autograph and picture. I didn’t want to bug him before takeoff.

The whole flight back, I was rehearsing what I would say. The plane landed. Mom scooted over as much as she could and people started getting up from their chairs. That is, everyone except my dad, who was sitting in the aisle (I was sitting by the window and Mom was in the middle seat). I told my dad that I had to get off the plane. He asked me, “Why?” Knowing he wouldn’t understand–he’s not one who pays celebrities a lot of mind–I tried *patiently* to explain the situation. Finally, he moved enough for me to climb over and I made my dash to the tarmac.

Between my getting off the plane and me running into the airport, LeVar Burton was nowhere to be found. Even after we got our luggage, my chance to meet him was no more. Kind of makes me wish I had asked him for an autograph before we took off.

Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn

Redemption! Peter S. Beagle was at WonderCon this year (more about this in my wrap up). My first time meeting him resulted in my mother and I bawling our eyes out. I was determined to be professional. After braving the line, I finally got up there, handed him my Last Unicorn graphic novel, and told him, “Mr. Beagle, I met you before and I ended up crying. But I want you to know that you are the reason I write fantasy. You’re the reason I love fantasy.” My voice cracked and there were tears forming. I willed myself not to cry.

He looked at me and said, “It’s okay to cry. When I was presented with a lifetime achievement award for fantasy writing, I cried. Thank you. Good luck.” And what do you know, that made me cry. But that is a moment I will treasure as I continue to put words on paper.


Thanks for reading!



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3 responses to “Fangirl Misadventures (And Redemption), Part 2

  1. Oh my goodness, these stories are so precious! Though you need to slap your dad a little LOLOL The Peter story is adorable. I don’t really get chances to meet authors much where I live, or at all I should say lol I have been to horror conventions with horror celebrities and it was so much fun!

    • Leah

      Oh, I was ready to throttle my dad. 😆 And yes, I’m treasuring that moment with Peter.

      Horror conventions sound like so much fun, but I’m a scaredy cat so I wouldn’t survive.

  2. Nathan

    I don’t have any stories like this to share. I can’t think of when I met in person a favourite author, but I am happy you did. Thanks for sharing.

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