I'm not a big fan of living in Florida. Its so hot, and so secluded. The literary community is very slim. We're generally passed over for concerts - at least, the concerts that I would like to see. So, I wouldn't have put money on a Amanda Palmer/Neil Gaiman Ninja gig happening near me.
Around 5pm yesterday, while reading my Twitter feed, I turned to my boyfriend and said, Amanda Palmer is going to be in Sarasota tomorrow, I'm going. It was so obvious that I would be going. Luckily, I was able to convince him to go with me and experience the awesomeness of the couple.
The timing was serendipitous. I stepped out of the car and Neil and Amanda were parked directly in front of me. I struggled, should I bug them now? Or, should I be polite? And if I'm polite, will I ever have this opportunity again? So, I asked if it was ok to get a picture before they were surrounded by folks. They were incredibly kind and gracious, which is in line with what I've ever heard of the two.
I can hardly explain the excitement of this moment for me. Both of these artists have lit a fire in me, in times when my mental state was very dark. Neil brought hope. Amanda brought acceptance.
Thanks to both for more than I was able to explain in person.