I went to go see Sarah J Maas on Sunday in Toronto and while I enjoyed the 8am-3pm waiting time (solely because of my friends), I was a little disillusioned. I’m probably just someone who’s insanely picky or naive when it comes to signings (I’ve only been to like 4 or 5), but I was really surprised with how strict the guidelines were for the event.
We arrived at 7:50 am and were promptly told the guidelines. We were to not leave or we would lose our spots (if you had to go to the washroom or get coffee/food, you’d have to tell security), which is understandable because there were A LOT of people (we were like 150-155 of 250). Then we had to buy the book, get a wristband, and leave our books with the staff and if you already owned a copy, oh well *shrug* (which you couldn’t get signed–though when my friends asked SJM to sign a different book other than A Court of Wings and Ruin, she obliged). For reference, usually a receipt as proof of purchase is usually sufficient.
SJM is a sweetheart in person, even if some of her responses to questions were a liittttleeeee problematic, but hey, they’re her characters. She complimented my friends and me on our makeup and outfits, which was awesome. I just found the guidelines for her signing a lot more strict than I’ve ever experienced. Granted, she’s a much more famous author than some of the authors I’ve met–for reference, there were well over 300 people at her signing.
What really jarred me though was the view of people crying beside the main line because they didn’t make it in time to be one of 250 people to personally meet SJM and get their books signed. It’s true that time management would have been useful (there were people there since 3am, but again, someone who didn’t research or ask questions or had experiences with popular authors would probably make the same mistake). I know exceptions can’t be made for one person or else that would open up the floodgates, but it was still a really sad scene.
Overall, the experience of meeting SJM was great. She and her husband were adorable as he stamped two books and she signed ACOWAR and talked to the fan. It was the strict guidelines and some of her responses that made us question the event and dimmed our excitement. (I.e. Feyre being a hufflepuff–which a very specific whattttt?! moment).
Of course, this is just my opinion. Sunday could have been someone else’s perfect day. People seemed to be having fun and even though we could barely hear her from our spot–the place was super full, so we couldn’t even see her, people were actively trying to hear her responses. The hearing issue was at times to the extent where we just wanted to meet her.
My Tips for Author Signings: Always be earlier than you think you need to be. Be considerate of the people running the event, even if you don’t agree with their rules. Have fun!
This is What I Wore #(I don’t know I’ve lost count I’ll update the number soon haha!): BLOGGERS UNITED 13
Summer isn’t over for me yet. I still can pull off boho looks since the scorching heat still exist. My summer go-to look is a combination of stylish but still comfortable. Right now I can’t afford to go out of my comfort zone because I’ll end up sweating through my clothes. This top was perfect for the weather because it’s airy, as well as the pants because of it’s flar - it’s flowy and doesn’t restrict movement. Also, can’t you tell I love denim? Closed the look with one of my favorite summer sandal!
TOP: Aztec Print Crop Top (Forever 21 - On sale) BOTTOM: Highwaisted Flare Pants (Thrifted/Ukay Ukay, P35) FOOTWEAR: Slip on Sandals (Shopee App Seller, P85 only!) HEADWEAR: Nudish Brown Turban (Bangketa Finds, P50) BAG: Esprit Shoulder Bag (Hand-me-down from my mom)
Slowly trying to update my blog with what’s currently happening in my life as much as I can since I lack so many updates already. This happened yesterday (3rd of June) and even though I just gotten home from a 3 day beach trip - I had to go to BU13 because my favorite blogger would be there, guess who & click read more.
“My daughter is going through her Harry Styles phase, right? First, she insisted for tickets which I got it for her anyway. Second, his album has been on repeat every passing second since release. Third, is there anything else I should worry about? Any warnings about this Styles guy?” Cassandra questioned, arms firmly crossing over her chest before raising a brow at the other.
“There was another option that was not known, that is to ask for another leave of absence for the care of the youngest child, since I have a child who is one year old, there is that option, which is a right for everyone, and we have taken it. Good option, to Mediaset as well and we have already managed all the papers this week.”
“We’ve been here for a month and now we have to go back to Portugal. We have tried to make a tetris to see everyone, to have little things for everything and I have the feeling that we have squeezed a lot.”
“Third year and it is almost as if we are still here, it is a tranquility to know everything, we love the city and the people. Some of our friends are team players and their women. We have also found a good family of friends who have children from the age of ours and we make a lot of life together”.
“No one knows how to be a father or a mother, we improvise, we do our best and we try to agree on the decisions and rules. I think I’m a little squishy but the important things are the same, if they are not done, they are not done with mom or dad. Then the grandparents are another story.“