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While I was noddling around the Web one day, I found the web page of one of my long-time favorite authors, Ursula K. LeGuin. Long time: I used her books as source material in a 'Science Fiction as Literature' course when I was in college. It came to me that I wanted to write her a letter, silly as that might sound. I mean, once you've said 'Duh, I like you books, duh', what else do you say to a writer like that?

Well, I finally screwed my courage to the keyboard, and sent her a thank-you for some of the books she's written that have made a difference to me. For instance, I read from her translation of the Tao Te Ching at Mom's funeral.

Yesterday, I got a letter. She sent me a note that said 'Thank you for writing - your letter brightened up a dark rainy day. UKL'. Tucked in were six SIGNED dragon bookplates.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

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leadsporkofdoom
Dec. 8th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
HUZZAH
THAT IS SO AMAZING!
I gotta see these when I get home.
If I get home.
seumas_13
Dec. 8th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
Very Cool!
deckardcanine
Dec. 8th, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
She held onto a pleasant stranger's letter for decades before getting the initiative to write back? That seems rare. Maybe she was going to send only one plate before but then charged herself interest.

Anyway, I count this as a serendipitous occasion for you, so WOOT!
sleepyjohn00
Dec. 9th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
wrong delay
No, no, no! *I* dithered and put it off and finally sent the letter. Her reply to me came in a week.

You can see the bookplate here ; it's the little dragon.
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