Well, hi there kiddos! Has been a good year so far. Yeah, I know, it is only 2 days old, but I think we are on a roll here!
I went to the Gulf Coast RWA meeting today, and I have to say, those chix are truly the best! We practiced pitches, planned our conference (Come to the Silken Sands Conference 3/19-21/10!!!!) and generally had fun.
After GCCRWA, the six S0uthern Sizzlers (check our blog: http://www.southernsizzleromance.com!!!) went to Barnes and Noble for our semiregular when-we-can meeting. If GCCRWA members are the best, what can I say about the Sizzlers? They are the best of the best, the cream o the crop, truly wonderful women with whom I have formed the greatest of friendships! We talked about everything from sexy men to ghosts, from writing queries to sexy men, to raising kids/grands to sexy men, from research websites to sexy men . . . . Well, you get the idea.
I am truly blessed to have these five women as my companions on this baffling and exciting journey to publication. They are each special individuals, but in combination, they are more than I can describe. (Rita wasn’t able to be with us today, but she was there in spirit!)
SFCatty said today that she has belonged to a group that encourages each member to pick a word for the year. I have decided that my word this year is “Grateful.” I get really caught up in what I haven’t done, what I haven’t got, what might go wrong. But today I was talking to someone who put it all in perspective. She said a few years ago, she got really upset about turning forty. However, that year she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Every birthday after that has been a blessing.
I have two beautiful, healthy girls, and a husband who loves me and those girls totally and completely. I have a job many people would envy, we own our home, we never go hungry (obviously, in my case!) I can’t even begin to name the blessings that I take for granted.
So, while I really want to publish my writing, and my job has things that make me nuts, and I wish I was independently wealthy, etc., etc., etc., I really have too much to be grateful for. So “GRATEFUL” is the word for 2010.
Stop a minute — I bet you haven’t thought today of something you are grateful for. What is it?