What do you call a gathering of romance writers? A heaving bosom of writers? A gasp? A swoon?! (Just kidding, but hey, the jokes in our bon bons were even lamer).
There’s one thing you can certainly call a gathering of romance writers – noisy!
Many of us don’t often get the chance to step away from our computers and fictitious worlds to chat to others about our craft, so when the opportunity arises to do so, the conversation is non stop. Even the shyest people get caught up in conversation or are prepared to be photographed for the RWA blog (after some gentle persuasion 😉 ).
Meeting writers is a learning experience, and with thirteen writers who write everything from sweet to erotica, you can’t help discovering something new and interesting. Personally, I find chatting to other writers inspiring, and it ignites my enthusiasm to pursue my writing dream or to set new writing goals. It’s all very appropriate and timely as the New Year is approaching faster than you can say ‘happily ever after’.
Fortunately we had a gorgeous day and a fantastic venue overlooking Darling Harbour on Saturday for our non-official, but nevertheless fun, RWA members’ lunch. The food was delicious, a couple of the waiters were just as delicious to look at (according to some people I won’t name) and ‘Mrs Claus’ and her ‘elf’ (who weren’t brave enough to put their entire costumes on) handed out goodies to everyone. And somehow by the end of the lunch, all of us sucked in to agreeing to help out at the Sydney conference next year. How did that happen? Aargh!
Below are some pics of the lovely members who attended the lunch.
To everyone who attended, thanks for coming and making it a fabulous occasion. To every RWA member, may you all be blessed with amazing plots, witty dialogue, awe-inspiring word counts and shiny new contracts for your brilliant manuscripts in 2010.
Oh, and most of all, may the New Year bring real – and lasting – romance to everyone. xx Mon