Welcome to this week's To-do Tuesday, where we are celebrating the return of our conference attendees! And for those of us who remained at home last week, we can also celebrate the return to normalcy in the romance writing world. It does seem like our corner of the universe slows to a halt for one week in July!
This conference-slowdown explains why we're light on content this week, but not on quality! We've got some exciting news, some show-and-tell, and a fun question of the day!
Perfectly Good Nanny Arrives This Friday!
Paty Jager's string of 2007 successes just got even sweeter: her contemporary romance, Perfectly Good Nanny, will be available in e-book format starting Friday. The really great news? The hard copy will be available November 2, 2007! This will be Paty's third release, and her first contemporary Western. How cool is that Harry Potter gets to share Paty's release this weekend? J.K. Rowling should be thrilled at the honor! And unlike Harry, Paty has many more adventures in store, with the next installment in her Petticoats series due soon!
Atteendees Share the RWA Dirt!
Today is our July Meeting. We'll be meeting at 7 p.m. at Salem Public Library. You won't want to miss this one because Alice, Lisa, and Eli are sharing their conference experiences. Come prepared with your questions, and come prepared to laugh as they share their Dallas exploits. Also, Alice will solve the mystery of her own disappearance in Dallas. Remember to bring your donations for the goody bags and raffle baskets at our conference in October! As always, we welcome new faces!
Several chapter members enjoyed a great retreat at Elk Lake in June. Danita Cahill sent two pictures that truly do make you wish you were there!
Thanks for sharing the great photos, Danita!
See Chris York at Comic Con!
Chapter member Chris York will be one of the huge crowd at Comic Con in San Diego this weekend. We wish her the best of luck, and if you happen to be one of the 125,000 attendees, be sure to check out her panel on writing tie-ins. Her book Strategic Reserve is also up for a Scribe award as best YA. Best of luck Chris!
Call for Submissions!
The Futuristic Motherhood Anthology is looking for short stories (maximum 7500 words) that consider the fictional future of motherhood. Writers may use mystery, science fiction, paranormal, fantasy or any sub-genre to address this theme. Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2007. Click here for more information.
Question of the Day: In the Checkout Lane
I ran into the lovely Genene last night at Walmart. I was grubby to a power of 10--stretched out maternity tee, damp matted hair from swimming, flip-flops, and I looked like a pregnant huffer with fruit craving with a cart full of spray paint, cherries, and canned fruit. Genene looked lovely as always, and was way more organized with her shopping than I could ever hope to be. After I got over my mortification, I got to thinking about how much you can learn from someone's grocery cart. So, imagine your character (hero, heroine, or secondary character) is in the checkout lane. What store is it? What's in their cart? Are they in the express lane, or are they loaded to the gills? Do they talk to the people in line? Read magazines? Be as detailed as you can!
Be sure to keep sending me your news and announcements! If you had a productive week, we want to know about it!