When Famous Friends Come To Cowtown

Where do I start with the day I’ve had today?

After 6 years of cyber friendship, I met in person the writerly woman who was my first Facebook friend, and has always been an amazing supporter of my writing career, Jenn J McLeod; with her partner in all things writing and life, Jeannette – also known in official circles as the ‘J’ in Jenn J McLeod.

Jenn is the author of the ‘Seasons Collection‘ plus her new book A Place To Remember.

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When I first ‘cyber met’ Jenn, it was through common links and goals in our writing, and a very similar sense of humour, plus I think a love of red wine clinched the deal…

We’ve been writing mates since, but our paths haven’t crossed in person in all this time, and today I got to meet the ‘nomadic novelist’ on her journey to WA. Jenn is here for several special events, including being writer in residence at Serenity Press’s upcoming Writing Retreat near Busselton in October, plus a signing author at West Coast Fiction Festival in Perth (where I’ll be too) on November 3. She’s also visiting various libraries across the South West, and whenever she’s resting, she’ll be writing in her mobile home, affectionately known as ‘Myrtle, the Turtle.’

So, to throw in a few twists to my day (because let’s face it, what is a typical Lily Malone day without twists??) it was my eldest boy’s 11th birthday today, and the day began with a visit to the dentist to repair a chipped front tooth!

Meanwhile, Jenn and Jeannette were traversing the town of Cowaramup, waiting for me to let them know I was back from said dentist visit before we could hook up. On the way back through town to deliver my newly-re-toothed boy to school, I spied the famous #WriteRoundOz vehicle, with the even more famous magnetic strips on the side… my first clue that the Double JJs were officially in town…

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I decided to stalk them and see if I could track them down in Cowtown… (for those not in the know, Cowaramup is the size of… well, kind of a postage stamp. My task should not prove too difficult!)

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Me in stalker mode…

My first stop was the post office, where I got my second official clue. Mail delivered to my address on behalf of Jenn J McLeod… Yes, she is bookish royalty, quite obviously, we all wait on her hand and foot. (Any more parcels to come, my-Lady?)42044292_1472721026205115_4809871056598728704_o

Next thing there are hoots and hollers across the highway, and lo and behold, I see these two ladies waving at me! 41991263_1472659849544566_4529771693488472064_o

Well, much hilarity and a good few hours of coffee, toasted sandwiches, muffins (yes I baked!!) and conversation ensued… plus more photographs and a visit to Ellensbrook to see the sea.

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Tomorrow, it happens to be Jenn J McLeod’s birthday! Yes, the day after my son’s, which feels doubly kismet & special. We have the day planned, and poor Jenn and Jeannette get the dubious honour of being invited to dinner with me, whereby I will set my mad baking skills to work for her! Bwahahahaa…

Lovely to see you, Jenn J & Jeannette. Welcome to Cowaramup and WA. I hope your visit is every bit of extra special awesome!

 

xx
Lily

7 thoughts on “When Famous Friends Come To Cowtown”

  1. That is so fabulous Lily. Meeting your cyber friends in real life for the first time is something kinda special isn’t it!? I had my own moment yesterday with our mutual *ADORBS* friend Georgina. After a moment or two of me panicking and thinking, “what if I come across like a complete arsepilot??” we embraced like old, life long friends and it was simply wonderful!!

    I’m so pleased for you and Jen!

    Dean M.

    1. I heard you were visiting Ms Evie/George πŸ™‚ Very happy for you. There is something extra special when cyber friends turn out to be all the awesome you could ever imagine. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Ms Evie/George in person, but it’s a long time ago now. I wasn’t published then… πŸ™‚

  2. Aren’t they a great pair, I had dinner with them and Jenn Scoullar here in downtown Pakenham a year ago and we had a great time! Looking forward to reconnecting in Perth Andrew meeting you too Lily!

    1. Hey there, Janine! They are an awesome pair for sure πŸ™‚ Thanks heaps for checking in here. We were all talking about WCFF today and definitely looking forward to meeting you too πŸ™‚ xx

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