Dang it! Blog day and I'm late again. Sigh. I was late to our meeting last Tuesday also and missed the speaker's presentation, which people in attendance said was a great one! Now, I could digress here into several different topics, including changing habits we don't like about ourselves (for me, running late).
However, I won't. What I really want to talk about is what do we get from our RWA chapter. My apologies, Bethany, if I'm stepping on your Tuesday toes.
I'm really jazzed about all the events our chapter has planned. Among them are:
-- The beach retreat in February. I didn't make it to either of the retreats last year, so maybe that's why I've been looking forward to this one for months. I have two manuscripts that need to be edited. I figure I can get through the cleanest one while at the retreat and maybe get started on the second one.
-- A Saturday viewing in April of the Hauge/Vogler workshop that was presented at Nationals last year -- A freebie bonus for our chapter members. Christopher Vogler's book, The Writers Journey, was filled with "aha!" moments for me, so I'm really looking forward to this.
-- The fall query letter/synopsis contest with the awesome prize of registration for National Conference in 2009 (approximately $425). What a fantastic prize! However, I probably won't enter because I don't plan to go to National next year. Now if it was this year, I'd be writing my synopsis already. :) Guess this will be a time for me to give back to the chapter by volunteering to help judge.
-- A workshop with Mary Buckham this fall. For those of you who have not taken a class from her, she is fantastic! I took one of her online classes and loved it. Those who went to Portland to see her last year also gave her rave reviews. This is something to look forward when the wind and rain are beating down on us again.
-- A great line-up of meeting speakers and a cool new place to meet. I wasn't sure about our new meeting place. The library was so close to my house and my Jeep knew the way automatically. However, I walked into this place and immediately felt comfortable. Inside this inviting place they have arranged a variety of seating areas with couches and comfy chairs. Several small groups of people were meeting or individuals were accessing the Internet via their computers. Very casual. No feeling that you had to hurry up and leave. It was like walking into a friend's house and making yourself comfortable. And the Blue Pepper is even closer to my house!
So, what do I get from our chapter? Obviously, the positive energy and enthusiasm of others who are pursuing their writing. Knowledge and new ways to dig deeper into my writing. Time to write, the support of other writers, cheerleaders, people to bounce ideas off -- just to name a few benefits.
How about you? What benefits do you get from our chapter? How about those of you who live at a distance? The Blue Pepper has Internet access and a fairly big screen. Maybe someday we can patch in our long-distance members and you can be at the meeting with us! (Not to add anything more to your already full plate, Eli!)