Thursday, November 12, 2009

A girl can dream

After four antagonizing phone conversations yesterday with the manufacturer of my demon possessed oven, whose name starts with the month after April and ends with a children's running game, I'm ready to take on any challenge that comes my way.

I can't believe I did it, but I actually sent this to Pioneer Woman. She's going to be at the Mall of America on November 21 and I came up with the crazy idea to try to set up a time to meet her and interview her for Womeninc.

I'll keep you posted.

Here's what I sent:

Dear Ree,

I do my best thinking in the bathtub. When this idea came to me this morning, I knew I had to act on it. I'm not a person who takes risks. Ever. But I'm not getting any younger or thinner so here goes:

I follow your blog and consider myself a loyal fan. So loyal in fact that I'm planning to attend your book signing at the Mall of America on November 21--in spite of the fact that my nephew is also getting married that same day at 4 pm. I am two hours south of the Twin Cities and the wedding is in Iowa. If all goes according to plan, I will be able to do both. If not, that's Risk # 1. You'd have to know my sister-in-law. Trust me on this one

Here's Risk #2
I am a contributing writer for Womeninc Magazine based in southern Minnesota. One of the features included in each issue is entitled "What Are You Reading?" I feature books I'm reading, subscriber recommendations and occasionally interview an author for the column. Would it be possible for me to have a few minutes for a quick interview and photo for use in an upcoming issue? I will make every effort to work around your schedule prior to the 1 pm start time. If not, I will still be thrilled to have you sign the books I am giving everyone for Christmas

Risk # 3 is that I'm that I'm going to share this crazy idea on my blog:
For my minion. I think there are 10 followers now.

And I'm sorry about the bathtub reference earlier. I'm in a hurry and I thought it might get your attention. Probably not one of my better ideas.
Thanks PW,
Nina Patten
Copy Editor and Contributing Writer
A publication of Sauck Media Group


  1. Nina, your letter made me laugh - and jump up and down! I hope Ree drops you a line back!! I'm proud of you, risk-taker!

  2. LOVE it!!
    I didn't know she was coming! I am going to try very hard to be there at the signing! I love PW!

    I'll look for you too. Maybe we'll actually meet. :)