Showing It’s Possible To Turn A Shade Of Purple

Posted By on March 1, 2008

You know what is a really smart idea? Write about something you did on Tuesday evening on Saturday afternoon. Because clearly that makes sense to only me. And my sense is clouded by all the years of alcohol damage to my brain cells.

So remember when I mentioned that Tuesday I was going to be hanging out with fabulous people? Well I DID! And I met some even more fabulous people! And I got out of there without spilling anything on myself or eating anything off the floor. Which is an amazing feat, apparently, when this group of people get together.

So Tuesday night I went out to a book signing for Eileen Cook and her new book Unpredictable. An before we go into anything, you all should go out and buy the book. Because she’s already sold the movie rights. And from the little excerpts she read at the signing, I am hooked and can’t wait to read more. And she’s actually a very fabulous person and didn’t even mind that I almost passed out and turned PURPLE when she asked me how to SPELL MY NAME.

Must I go any further about how I should not be allowed out in public when sober? Or ever?

Also at the book signing with purple-faced Kristabella was Jen Lancaster, Jess Riley, Swishy and Manic Mommy. So me plus published authors and hysterically funny bloggers. It was a feat that I didn’t pass out.


Manic, Swishy, Jen, Jess, Eileen and me (Photo courtesy of Manic.)

The highlight after Eileen’s reading was as we were getting ready to leave, Manic bought Jen’s first book Bitter is the New Black and Eileen mentioned “oh, I love that book.” And Jen said thanks. And then a huge lightbulb went off over Eileen’s head and she was all “is that you?” (pointing to book?) “Are you that Jen?”

And then we all laughed and laughed and I thanked my lucky stars that I wasn’t the one who asked since published authors with movie deals can so get away with asking that.

After the book signing, we headed on down the street to a local wine bar, naturally. I was thankful it was dark in there because after all the meeting and the greeting and all the fabulous people around me all in ONE PLACE, I was convinced my face was going to be that sickly purple color for the rest of the night. And in the dark of the bar, it probably just made me look glamorous. Or drunk. And I’m fine with either.

At the bar, we got to talk more with Eileen, her friend and lackey Jamie, who was helping her out on the book tour, and everyone else. It was nice because the last time I hung out with Manic, Swishy and Jess, it was in a loud bar in Naperville and it wasn’t easy to actually talk to these people without yelling and spitting.

Jess is really such a sweet, nice and funny person. I even like her despite the fact that she’s from Wisconsin. And that’s saying a lot! Her book (Driving Sideways– go pre-order it!) comes out in May and I’ve already told her that she has to come to our book club when it comes out. And I told her that our book clubs are fantastic and that Jen Lancaster would back me up because not only did she come and spill wine all over herself, she actually still comes from time to time and still actually talks to me and reads my blog. (And I’m actually a nice shade of purple right now writing about it.)

It was a really great night. And so much fun to spend an evening hanging out with so many talented writers. Which was kind of cool to mention when I got into work the next day and was asked if I had watched American Idol on Tuesday night. To which I replied, “no, I went to a book signing and then I went out for drinks aftewards with published authors. Yeah. That’s authors. With an S.”

About the author

Kristabella, who also answers to “Hey! Drunk Girl!”, is a reformed band geek with an amazing ability to drink most people under the table. You can read her inane ramblings here, where she talks about her exciting life as a spinster with two cats and a fascination for Bacon.


17 Responses to “Showing It’s Possible To Turn A Shade Of Purple”

  1. slynnro says:

    I don’t know the others, but Jen Lancaster is awesome. Lucky you.

  2. hotfessional says:

    Dude. I KNOW that you can feel the jealousy just pouring off of me – all the way to Chicago.

    I’m pouting here. Seriously pouting. Now, must go cry into my vodka.

  3. Lisa Ann says:

    Again with the YOU ROCK!!
    Yep, it’s definite now. I am going to live vicariously through you. I’m off to find some Two Buck Chuck (wish me luck since this is Texas and Trader Joe’s isn’t anywhere to be found!! Crap!)

  4. Vanessa says:

    Can I just exude envy for a few minutes through my wine?

  5. Melissa says:

    You should start accessorizing with your cheeks. A nice purple necklace and a set of matching earrings would be beautiful!!

    I’m glad you had a great time.

  6. Wow…what an amazing night!! You live the rockstar life, K. I’m telling you.

  7. SO COOL!!!! Am v. jealous.

  8. Jenn says:

    Hi KJ.
    I am so happy for you. Sounds like you are making some great friends in the field. Please don’t forget about us “little people!” I just know someday you will be one of those published authors. See you soon!

  9. Mahnee says:

    Damn! Jenn beat me to it to remind you that it’s only a matter of time before you’re one of those published authors & someone will be blogging about being purple from meeting YOU!!!!!

    You rock, kiddo!!!!!!!!

  10. Janssen says:

    Wow, your life is so much cooler than mine! sounds like a great time! (And it’s perfectly acceptable to only be writing about it now).

  11. Jules says:

    That sounds like so much fun! I can’t believe you were all together again right here in my vicinity. It’s MADNESS! Your shade of purple can be blamed on the horrible lighting that is a book store! Don’t blame yourself! 🙂
    House of Jules

  12. Laurel says:

    OMG, brush with blogging fame!!

    I need to move to Chicago so I can attend events like these.

  13. Manic Mommy says:

    HEY! What the hell does this mean:

    or eating anything off the floor.

    Bwhahahahahahaha!!!! At least you didn’t name names!!!

    And I don’t know why Jules from House of Jules does not start hanging with us … you know her sister stalks … uh… hangs with me! hahahahah.

    Next time you have to come to the ‘burbs to see Julie Buxbaum for her signing out here the end of March! S.

  14. Eileen says:

    Meeting you was great! Can you believe I was such a boob around Jen? Really famous author types should wear a sign.

  15. Jules says:

    Manic: I didn’t know of this event, but I totally COULD have been there! I should have asked my sister what your schedule is since she’s your stalker! 😉

    You should all keep July 12th marked off to meet me at the House of Blues for Eric Jerardi’s show. There may even be a BONUS that night… more details on that soon!!! (Have you entered my contest yet? I’m picking the winners on Wednesday…)
    House of Jules

  16. The Muse says:

    Jealous ———————————–>

    Seriously. I think you should come down here when Jen is doing her Atlanta book signing and combine that with hanging out with me. Just sayin’.

  17. Michelle says:

    When you’re famous I can tell people I got drunk and slept on your sofa.