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Sunday, January 14, 2007

I remember now........


Sometimes in the crush of deadlines and schedules and plot holes and character crunches, you can forget why you wanted to be a writer.

Then you go to an RWA meeting and you remember. At least, I do. Saturday, at my local chapter meeting, I spent a few hours with some fabulous women. (Yes, there are a few guys too, but mostly, it's Women Power).

We laughed and talked and compared notes on current projects, agent hunts, editor crises and publishing houses. We moaned about how hard writing can be and how amazing it is when it's clicking. And we talked BOOKS. Books we've read. Books we love. Books we're waiting to buy. Books that are no more than a promise from a favorite author.

And I remembered why I wanted to be a writer.

It's all about the books.

11 Comments:

  • At 6:48 AM, Blogger Sandra D said…

    Maureen,

    My eldest granddaughter was there with her aunt. She wanted to see one of her favorite authors and get her autograph.

    She was awestruck!She loves to read and to get to meet and see some of you wonderful people that fill her life was heaven to her.

    Your post today...shows that you have not lost the enthusiasm of a reader! That is just wonderful!

    ~Sandy





















    You know what is so wonderful

     
  • At 9:11 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hi Sandy!

    You should come with Dana sometime! Would love to meet you in person! My mom was with me on Saturday, so I didn't have much time to talk with everyone, but oh, I love RWA meetings!

     
  • At 9:17 AM, Blogger Sandra D said…

    Dana told me that your mom was there and that she is so adorable.

    I would love to come and visit sometime. Dana has asked me and I hope to soon, just to meet you all.
    Thank you for the invitation.

    Have a grand day!

    ~Sandy

     
  • At 11:09 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said…

    Okay, can't stand it. I'm so jealous. I could move back to California just to be in OCCRWA again! WAAAA.

     
  • At 2:04 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Sandy, you MUST come. I'm gonna bug Dana until she brings you!!

    Chris baby.....we miss YOU too!!! whaaaaaaa

     
  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said…

    It was a good meeting, and I met your granddaughter, Sandy! I think she had fun listening to the morning speaker (the fabulous Jennifer Apodaca) discuss, um, s-e-x!

    Maureen's mom had fun with that discussion, too! LOL

     
  • At 12:19 PM, Blogger Sandra D said…

    Maureen,

    Thank you again for the invitation and I really would love to meet you all in person.My daughter is a lucky woman to have found such a wonderful group of friends and colleagues.Truly.

    Kate--She had a blast! She was the one that turned "me" on to the Mary Janice Davidson Vampire series last year!! Pretty sexy if you have read them:-)

    She is almost 14 and just loves to read everything. She really enjoyed the discussion. A great place to listen and learn:-)

    ~S

     
  • At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Jen said…

    Maureen, your mom was wonderful! I loved meeting her!

    You're so right, it's about the books. RWA meetings really help me remember why I do this too.

    Kate--you're making me blush!

     
  • At 1:48 PM, Blogger Dana Diamond said…

    Maureen,

    I love this post!

    I love going to meetings. Not only for the love of books, but to be around other book lovers.

    And I promise to nag Mom to come if you promise to bring your mom again so I can have more of a chance to chit-chat with her. She seems like such a doll.

    Christine, I wish you would come too. Though I only met you once, you were so nice!

    And Jen, I know you'll never believe me, but it really was a great speech. :)

    Kate, Hi! It was good seeing you on Saturday. You always make me smile.

    :) d

     
  • At 2:00 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hi Jen......Mom loved your speech!! =)

    Dana, you bring your mom and I'll bring mine back....she had a blast!

    Sandy..that's so great that your granddaughter is a reader! I'm a big believer in letting 'em read whatever...=) Wish I'd gotten to meet her!! She'll have to come back!

    Kate, those brownies were awesome!

     
  • At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    HI EVERYONE,

    I REALLY DID ENJOY THE RWA MEETING ON SATURDAY, I HAD ONLY BEEN ONCE BEFORE AND THEY ARE GREAT FUN AND THEY ARE ALSO VERY INFORMATIVE.

    I ENJOYED MEETING EVERYONE AND ALSO SAYING HI TO THE ONES I ALREADY KNEW. THE SPEECH JEN GAVE WAS GREAT
    AND SHE IS A VERY GOOD SPEAKER.

    THANKS ALL OF YOU FOR BEING SO FRIENDLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SALLYE, MAUREENS MOM

     

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