A. "Don't pick it." My Mom told me that, and it applies to any number of situations.
A. After meeting the horribly sexist literary hero, I think I've given up on wishing for future encounters with famous people.
A. That women's fiction is still -- still! -- considered less worthy than the stuff men writer. And that's if it's considered at all.
A. Meeting one of my literary heroes -- one of the men whose work made me think that I could become a writer, too. He turned out to be a horrible sexist who claimed to never read books by women. I'm still getting over that one.
A. Integrity, sense of humor, willingness to share dessert.