So… last night I had the absolute pleasure of hearing Stephen King speak. I’m still processing the information and wondering how I did not already die from a heart attack of pure, absolute joy. BUT! I am still alive and typing, and this is well because I want to try and put my emotions into words.
He spoke at the Iroquois Amphitheatre in Louisville, Kentucky. It was actually his first time visiting Louisville, so that was neat. He was presented with his own personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat, and that was really neat as well, especially since King adores baseball (as any well-minded person should).
I’m not going to gush too long – I work in three hours, you see – but I want to express how last night was one of the best nights of my life. I got to see my hero, and it was more than likely the only chance I’d get to do it. In hindsight, the weekend altogether was one of the best I’ve ever had, with my first Renaissance Fair on Saturday and Stephen King on Sunday. What a weekend, right? What. A. WEEKEND.
That I got to share Sunday with my best friend made it even more special, and we even scored autographed copies of his newest book End of Watch, the final book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy. This is exceptionally awesome because there were about 4,000 people present and they were only handing out, randomly, 400 signed books. That we both got one is just so awesome and I wanted to cry happy tears all the way back to the car.
I don’t mind fanboying on Stephen King. If people make fun of you for fanboying or fangirling and displaying your passion and emotion, you tell them to suck it and keep on walkin’.
He talked about a lot of things – writing, books, anecdotes, cool stories, hilarious one liners, etc. – but what really stuck with me was at the beginning of his speech when he addressed the horrible mass shooting that occurred in Orlando, Florida. It was poignant and fitting how he intertwined the horrific massacre with storytelling, with good versus evil. He said:
“We’ll remember the victims, and tonight we’ll have a good time… because the bad guys don’t get to win.”
That’s going to stay with me forever and always. I’m still getting goosebumps just thinking it.
**footnote** I am going to go on a massive King reading spree because I am just so hyped right now. There are still tons of books of his I haven’t read, and one thing on my Bucket List is to read everything he’s ever written, including short fiction. So, that will be a thing. I understand that’s breaking my rule of reading new fantasy/sci-fi books, and that also means the books I’d already listed to read will be put on the backburner. But that’s okay. They will be read eventually. This blog is to have fun first and foremost, after all. Reading King is basically a requirement of keeping a healthy soul and heart.