aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

I feel like I found a rock star lived nearby

When I was a kid, there were two books I loved so much I read and re-read them until they became part of me. One was The Silver Crown by Robert C. O'Brien. I was crushed to learn a few years ago that he was dead.

The other was Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl. In 2002 I tracked down a first edition, ex-library copy (remarkably pristine) and bought it. This weekend I was thinking about the girl who blogged that Shock Point was her favorite book of all time. Which made me think of my two favorite books. On Amazon, I was shocked to see a post by Ms. Engdahl. She was alive! And she lived 90 minutes away. I promptly emailed her. I got an email back. It sounds like her physical health is not the best, but she is still the same sharp woman who was a pioneering female computer programmer. Her books transported me - I don't think she can imagine how much they meant.

I hope in my career I give one person that level of joy.

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