Hey all, I’m back. I know…I know…where the heck have I been? This time I have no excuse for being M.I.A. I just haven’t gotten the hang of this blogging thing yet. Sometimes I remember and don’t know what to say. Other times, you can’t shut me up, but those are the times I don’t remember. Tonight I remembered I was supposed to blog Saturday (Duh!). So here I am, a day late (well, maybe a couple) and a dollar short.
Since we last talked, I’m all healed up from surgery and back at the day job (ick!). So life’s back to normal…whatever that means. One day, the money fairy is gonna land on my front doorstep and leave me enough to quit the day job – either that or I’ll get old enough to have Uncle Sam support my habit (writing, that is).
I took a fabulous road trip with a friend on Sunday. Kayla Janz, writer extraordinaire, loaded me and my laptop into her jeep and we headed north to Prescott. You see, we heard there was an RWA chapter somewhere in the area, but no one in the valley knew anything about them. Rumor had it there was a NARWA member sighting earlier this year in the valley – apparently in the ladies room at the Desert Dreams Conference in Scottsdale – but we needed to see them for ourselves.
So we hit the Arizona trail (I-17) and managed to arrive at the meeting about 15 minutes late (groan). We slipped in the back door and thought we’d be able to hide out in the back of the room, but that was not to be. The gals in Prescott are a very friendly lot. They were so warm and welcoming that they stopped the meeting to have us introduce ourselves and to welcome us into their lair. The NARWA folks have a real nice chapter going there – about 30 members and I think they had about 2/3 of them at the meeting, which is a great turnout. Pete’s Family Restaurant served us a tasty lunch (I recommend the cheeseburger and fries). The speaker was Laraine Herring. She’s an author, teacher and counselor with an MFA in creative writing and an MA in counseling psychology. She teaches creative writing and English at Yavapai College. She’s a wonderful speaker and I have no doubt from what I saw that she’s also a fabulous teacher.
A big thanks to everyone in Prescott who welcomed us so warmly and sent us home with some fabulous raffle prizes. Kudos to author Cierra James who made the gorgeous Christmas tree in the basket I won. Cierra is published in Romantic Suspense with Triskelion Publishing – NOW I PROMISE March 2006 – check her out at:
Well, that’s about all I’ve got for now. But stay tuned…next time I’ll tell you my snake story. It’s a good one. I had Kayla laughing pretty hard on the way back from Prescott.
Once again, thanks for tuning in and don’t forget to hang on tight ‘cuz we’re about to go real, real fast!
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