shadesong and I had been wanting to meet catvalente for years, as she's an incredibly nifty person and an amazingly talented writer. Yesterday, we finally met her! She and s00j were in town for a joint reading/concert at Pandemonium Books last night.
catvalente, along with omnisti and s00j, picked us up, and took us to an Indian restaurant for lunch (with other people whose LJ names I didn't catch). Much fun was had, as was much food. We then dropped s00j off to nap before the performance, and headed to Pandemonium to browse, which we did for hours. Elayna discovered a new manga (Full Moon), and we all found lots of stuff we needed (resisting spending money in a store like that is tough).
Then, the show began. catvalente was reading from The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden, her wonderful new book. She drafted Elayna to read a section near the beginning, which Miss Kid really enjoyed (and, I think it ensured she would be more attentive to the reading as a whole). The reading was interspersed with s00j's songs, most inspired by the selfsame book. I knew that catvalente was a wonderful writer, but I had no idea how good s00j was as a performer. They complemented each other perfectly (and In the Night Garden is a great book for readings to begin with, as it contains any number of tales-within-the-tale), and the show was truly a blast.
I've already raved abut catvalente's writing before. I can add a rave about s00j's singing (and performing) as well. Go check her website for samples and tour dates (and the option to buy the CDs).
Much as the performance was wonderful, what was really wonderful was the time spent hanging out with some incredibly nifty people, and finally getting to meet one of the niftier folks I've known online in person.
A truly wonderful day. Alas, we were all way too tired by the end to head out with the out-of-towners, but fibro_witch and theloriest gave us a ride home, and we crashed soon thereafter.
Yay for a happy Saturday!