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The awesome co-hosts for the May 4 posting of the IWSG will be Stephen Tremp, Fundy Blue, MJ Fifield, Loni Townsend, Bish Denham, Susan Gourley, and Stephanie Faris!
Take a Chance, Win a Prize
So I took a chance, and attended the Saguaro Chapter of the RWA (The Tucson branch of the National Romance Writers Association) meeting, my first gathering of writers since moving from Michigan to Arizona four years ago. As luck, fate, timing, the spin of the wheel would have it, I ended up seated next to a fellow paranormal writer and a table full of writers who didn't spit or bite or throw things at me (at least not at this first meeting-though I hold out hope they may learn to be less restrained later on).
A very review-savvy author (who wisely never reads her own) discussed getting out there and just doing it, review-wise, and two dare-devil-card-may-care authors demonstrated using various tarot decks to build plot bridges. This long-time reviewer and tarot reader found both sessions interesting and the writing gab provided well-needed savory bits for this writer's soul.
I also discovered one of the members is a nutso extreme running/obstacle course enthusiast, like many of my buddies back in MI! And, some of the paranormal writers are forming a new paranormal critique group, like the one I left behind in MI! The Tucson group is a very large, active group, but their seating is small, round tables, so intimate groupings that lend themselves to quiet conversations during lunch. Not everyone at my table bothered to speak to me or introduce themselves, excited to see their friends and catch up with them at this once a month meeting, but most did, and most were kind enough to even introduce me to others in the extended group who wrote in the same genre, or shared some same interest, during the break.
I just may find a niche with this group. I have received some emails and offers to join a new critique group. I feel that I can take another chance and it won't require me to get "out there" in an uncomfortable way until I become used to getting to know a few people from the group better first. Starting over really does mean you can keep old friends and make new ones too! I feel much encouraged for having taken a chance. It's a good thing I had an old friend to push me into making new ones!
5/4/2016 07:52:30 am
I'm glad you found a new home and hopefully new friends.
5/4/2016 04:41:40 pm
5/4/2016 08:54:14 am
Nothing better than getting out and making new friends. I'm glad you found some like-minded lunatics. How else would we survive this crazy ride, eh?
5/4/2016 04:42:42 pm
Yes, we writers are an eclectic bunch of nuts.
5/4/2016 05:19:12 pm
I learned SO much through RWA. That was where I spent my early writing years. It is one of the most valuable writers' organizations out there.
5/5/2016 12:05:08 am
I agree, Stephanie! I still love my friends from my Michigan RWA, so once I was ready to make some friends here in AZ, it's the first place I headed!
5/4/2016 07:29:22 pm
I don't know what I would do without my local chapter of RWA. They are so encouraging. We're a small group so everyone knows everyone.
5/5/2016 12:06:12 am
Small groups are so nice, Susan. You're so lucky!
5/5/2016 01:42:03 pm
Thanks, EE! It was a lot of fun!
5/5/2016 11:39:21 am
Ease into it, but it sounds like you've met a good group of people.
5/5/2016 01:40:00 pm
Slow but steady, keeping my eyes and ears open as I test the new waters and atmosphere, for sure. Thanks, L. Diane.
5/5/2016 12:55:41 pm
Awesome! Sounds like you have a new critique group now.
5/5/2016 01:40:46 pm
It looks as though it may happen, Alex! Thanks!
5/6/2016 03:01:01 pm
Way to be courageous!!!
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5/7/2016 01:27:26 am
LOL! Thanks, Nancy! What would I do without you?
5/9/2016 07:41:43 am
That sounds awesome! It's great that you've found some people you click with, and I'm glad the risk turned out to be a good one. I know I couldn't find something I liked here locally, so I ended up having to start my own. I hope you continue growing in writing!
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