Philip Pullman Signed my Notebook
Well, it was last year. He gave a reading and lecture at the Chicago Public Library. Really great time. I stood in line with the rest of the kids (and a number of adults, we're talking heady themes in these books. Milton, anyone?)
So anyway, my turn finally comes and I ask his handler, the person who stands there all day and takes books and opens them to the appropriate page, if he would sign my notebook. She says Sure.
So I ask Mr. Pullman, who looks like a very wise owl, if he would give me a few words of inspiration for when the muse is being fickle. He paused for a moment (he may have hooted like an owl, I don't remember) and then, with a very fancy pen wrote: When those moments come, remember that it is our job to write just as well and just as regularly when we're not inspired as when we are.
I now have that quote as my wallpaper, and believe me, I look to it for inspiration every day.
He also said his daemon is a magpie--going around picking up bits of stuff and using them in his fiction. What's your animal muse?