The Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in San Antonio was fabulous. I had a blast. There is nothing like getting together with old friends and new friends who share the same sickness. I’m talking about the writing bug. This passion for writing makes us more than just friends, it sort of bonds us like family. I’ve belonged to RWA for…Oh, goodness, this is gonna show my age…for twenty-seven years. Just remember, I was only ten when I joined. LOL. It is through RWA that found my education, my family, my critique partners, my assistants. It is where that I found my career. And each year at the annual conference, I’m given a booster shot of all I’ve attained from RWA. I walked away with great tips for marketing and writing.
Being around all that creativity was amazing. I really think we fed off each other. We talked, laughed, and commiserated about any of the career’s hurdles. We drank wine, shared meals, and talked late into the night. Did I say we laughed? One friend–and I’m not listing names, actually told me– “We have to stop laughing or I’m gonna pee in my pants.” Frankly, she wasn’t alone.
I enhanced my vocabulary, learned a new word, “Dingle Butt,” look for it an upcoming book. I made new friends, rebonded with old friends and got recharged as a writer. Oh, did anyone else see the billboard sign on I-10 that reads: “There is not a cop hiding behind this billboard. I promise. Texas Highway Patrol.”
It is times like this that I realize how wonderful it is to have these people in my life. And I have to tell you, the camaraderie is part of the sisterhood that RWA has encouraged. So thank you, RWA, and thank you to all my friends whom we laughed, hugged and celebrated the sisterhood of being writers. I’m already excited about going next year’s conference in New York City.
Loyal Fan Winner!!
Yes, I didn’t announce a contest last week. However, I decided to give a Shadow Falls: After Dark t-shirt to a fan who posted on last week’s blog even though there wasn’t a giveaway. So, Hannah F., congratulations! You have won! Please send your mailing address and t-shirt size to firstname.lastname@example.org.