So, I'd like to do something a little different. I'd like to look at some of our chapter highlights from the last year, and I'd like you to contribute your high-points as well.
- Eli becomes chapter president! Filling the shoes of a dynamo like Paty Jager isn't an easy task, and this is a critical point for our chapter. Some members are moving on, old members are finding their way back, and new members are joining us. Transitions are hard on any group, and a change in leadership is often where a chapter either withers or perseveres to survive. Under Eli, our chapter will thrive. I can't think of a better person to take the helm and lead us in a new direction.
- Finalists pile up! Eli finaled in the Golden Heart, Terry McLaughlin finaled in the Rita, Barb Cool Lee finaled in a whole slew of contests, Paty Jager and Chris Young finaled in the Eppies. . . Each time I saw one of our chapter members on a finalist list, I swelled with pride. We're a small chapter with a BIG presence, and our chapter members are so talented.
- Genene presents her "Once Upon . . ." plotting talk. All of our speakers this year were terrific, but Genene's back-to-basics way of simplifying plot into a fairytale pushed me to find the core of my WIP, and the brainstorming session helped me see some critical weak points.
- Critique meeting breakthroughs. Similarly, our critique meetings are always fun, and our 2007 critique meetings were exceptionally spirited. I enjoyed the forays into Paty's, Eli's, Jen's, and Alice's works. I love watching other's creative processes at work.
- Blog moves forward! Our blog really took off this year, and there have been too many great posts to list, but feel free to revisit your favorites in the comments. Eli's challenge motivated us, Danita got us thinking about hooks in new ways, Alice motivates us, Paty and Piper educate us, and Lisa makes us laugh. Our audience grew, and we expanded our focus. I know To-Do Tuesdays has been on hiatus lately, but doing my Tuesday blog helped me feel productive and involved.