Me being me, I sent Mister Modesitt an email letting him know that I had written up my encounter meeting him at the local B&N for the blog.  Here’s the Gist:


I was one of the fans who met and was able to ask questions of you at your recent trip to a Denver Barnes & Noble. I wanted to thank you again – you were incredibly open and generous with everyone and I was delighted to meet you.

I wrote up my thoughts on the experience at my blog and wanted to share it with you. I hope that I did not misquote or misrepresent you in any way.

Thank you for all your words both written and spoken.


He responded quite quickly, which amazed and delighted me:

Dear Patrick —

Thank you for your email and your kind thoughts, both there and in your blog, which I had read earlier, incidentally.

There are a couple of errors that I’d appreciate your changing, if you could.. if not, I certainly understand, and appreciate such a flattering picture. One is that the editor was Ben Bova, not Jim Baen… and the second is that, while I work hard, there’s no way I can produce 25,000 words a week. It’s generally 2,500 words a day. And I’m an early riser, but with all that I do [it takes me a while to slog through 2 1/2 – 4 miles in the hills at my age], I don’t get to the computer before 8:30 or 9:00 in the morning.

Again… my thanks for your coming to the signing and for your most kind reporting of it.

Lee Modesitt

After freaking out for a little while about the line ‘which I read earlier’ – he read my blog. Wow.  Now I wish I’d cleaned the place up a bit first.  Vacuumed.  Maybe added a throw pillow or two…

After geeking out, I went ahead and made the changes he requested to the original post, and you can see it here: Meeting a Legend: L.E. Modesitt Jr.

He is a class act, folks.



  • atfmb Posted October 9, 2009 4:07 pm

    No problem. I have loved his books since I first picked them up and I was thrilled to meet the man in person.


  • Clifton Hill Posted October 15, 2009 11:44 pm

    You are being watched.

    By Modesitt. 🙂

    Very cool. I'm going to see if I can stop in and see him at his SF signing later this month – time permitting.

    • atfmb Posted October 17, 2009 5:08 am

      He really is a very nice guy. I was impressed (as you can probably tell). You should definitely stop in and say hello.

      Man – San Francisco – I haven't been there in probably 10 years or more.

      We took field trips in school to SF. I still remember getting in trouble for a group of us boys talking to a guy trying to sell us fireworks in China Town 🙂 Also, we hit the Palace of the Legion of Honor, which was absolutely -gorgeous-.


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