August 26, 2013

RingsSeven years ago today, I met Jenn and everything changed for the better.

We met at Worldcon in Anaheim, and I’ll never forget the circumstances that led to our “first date.” We’d been introduced earlier that day, and had made plans to say hello at the parties later. When the time came, I really didn’t want to go to a party. I was having a miserable convention. In fact, I was utterly convinced it was my last convention. I was going to give up writing and conventions and the whole thing. Done with it.

But when the time came, I decided to go. I very nearly didn’t make it. Have you been to the Anaheim Hilton? I got totally, hopelessly lost. Wandered the halls in circles for half an hour, getting increasingly frustrated. At one point, I got stuck behind Harlan Ellison as he led his entourage slowly through the labyrinth. I nearly gave up and went back to my hotel.

Then I turned a corner and there was Jenn, at the Strange Horizons party. We hit it off instantly, and the rest is history. When I think of how many ways I might not have ended up meeting her that night, I feel incredibly lucky — like I stepped into the one right and true alternate reality. She was a ray of light for me then, and she still is now.

Today is our seventh anniversary, and to celebrate this one we exchanged anniversary rings. Happy anniversary, Jenn!

  • Christine Ashworth August 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Beautiful! I’m SO glad you found each other. Jenn is one of my very favorite people, and while I don’t know you anywhere near as well as I know Jenn, I can tell you’re good for each other. Hugs to both of you!

    • Chris East August 27, 2013 at 12:33 am

      Thanks, Christine! 🙂

  • Ian August 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    This is a great story. It makes me happy that it turned out so well for you both!

    • Chris East August 27, 2013 at 12:34 am

      Thanks, Ian!

  • Susan Franzblau August 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I told Jenn, but I never told you that, as far as I was concerned, It was a done deal the minute you sat down on the arm of her chair at that party.

    And you’ll never know how thrilled the tribe was that I was getting you out of Iowa.

    But the thing that made it true was that wonderful picture of you and Cairo.

    May you two stay together forever writing and supporting each other with cats all around — and water staying where it should!

    • Chris East August 27, 2013 at 12:35 am

      Thank you so much, Susan…and for introducing us in the first place! 🙂

  • Karen August 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

    This is beautiful — you guys make me happy! Congratulations and hugs to you both.

    • Chris East August 27, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Thanks, Karen! Hugs back!

  • Vickie Burr August 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Chris, when I read your piece it brought out a smile that made me feel all happy inside. I remember some of that story when you were back in Iowa…like everyone said above…beautiful.

    Best Wishes to you and Jenn.

    • Chris East August 30, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Aw, thanks Vickie! And very nice to hear from you — it’s been a while! Hope you’re doing well.

  • Eusebia Villarreal September 17, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Congratulations Chris, I happy for you guys on your anniversary.
    my regards to both of you.