Sydney Christmas Lunch

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.

(Front to back, left side) Jenny, Mon, Chelle, Shayne, (back to front, right side) Keziah, Jacquie, Sussan, Vanessa & Paula

(Front to back, left side) Kandy, Keziah, Jacquie, Sussan, Vanessa, Paula, (back to front, right side) Jenny, Chelle, Shayne, RC, Jess & Carla

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

Vanessa and Paula

Jenny, Chelle and Shayne

Shayne and Mon

RC, Jess, Mon and Carla

Chelle and Mon

Jacquie, Mon and Sussan

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  1. looks like a wonderful day was had by all!!

  2. Hi, Mon! Thank *you* for organising this wonderful lunch and for being our unexpected Santa. Having missed the past two RWAus conference, I loved getting together with this talented, lively bunch. Merry Christmas and happy 2010 to all!

  3. lol and look Mon got in just about every photo!!!!!!! Looks like you guys had a great time, have a merry christmas everyone 🙂

  4. Thanks to Mon for a truly *Hughe* day, full of great food, gorgeous location and fabulous company!
    Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!



  5. Looks like you had a blast!! Thanks for telling us about it Mon

  6. Hey Mel, it was a wonderful day – hope you had a lovely Christmas, and all the best for the New Year.

    V, no worries! It was fab to finally meet you in person. I hope you didn’t have to wield the nail gun at anyone over the Christmas period 😉

    Karly, you know me… I could be a member of the paparazzi, except I manage to get my mug into most of the shots. Merry (belated) Christmas!

    Chelle, it was fun sharing a car ride with you! Thanks for spreading the Hughliday cheer with me (your presents were tops).

    EK, we did have a blast. It’s great, as always, to catch up with people who ‘get’ you. Hope I see you again in Sydney next year, and a belated Merry Christmas to you!

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