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I love my RWA Chapter

brainstorm2.jpgSaturday was my local RWA chapter—The Toronto Romance Writer’s—annual December Social. It might be a Hanukkahmasza party but December Social is more PC. Do we still do PC or is that passé?

But wait, that’s not all! Let’s do one of those “three hours earlier” episodes told backwards that are so popular on TV lately.

10:00 I met up with my private brainstorming group at The Pickle Barrel restaurant. We’ve been doing this for four or five years now. You really get to know someone when you’re crafting ideas together. One pal shared with us a wonderful email exchange she’d had with a practicing psychiatrist about her character and motivation. We all sighed in awe. I want a psychiatrist writer pal for Hanukkahmasza. Don’t you?

11:00 Next up, a larger group comprising the chapter’s official Critique Group. Brave, brave souls who put their pieces up for crit. Sadly, the restaurant was way loud and so we had to yell to be heard. Do you know what criticism sounds like when it’s yelled at you? Not so nice. Yikes!

But people seemed to feel it worthwhile and new bonds were forged before my very eyes. I came up with a title for one gal’s story. She’d had a great one herself, but her editor had said, “Nuh-uh. Try again.” I can’t tell you either title, but if it gets accepted, I’ll be taking full credit when the book launches. ;-D

1:00 Then the Social. We ate and ate, chatted and visited. I enjoyed chatting with new friends and old. Some people are just so dang interesting. I always make it my personal challenge to get to know at least two Chapter-mates. This year I had terrific chats with Terri and Adrienne. Hey, guys!

4:30 Then, because I hadn’t already had two breakfasts and lunch, we went out to an early dinner. By the time I reached home, I was popping Gaviscon and feeling exhausted. At midnight Mr. Grumpy moved my e-Reader someplace safe and turned out the lights. I probably fell asleep about 9:30.

So that was my day. How was yours?

(NOTE: That awesome brainstorming picture was found here: http://www.ideachampions. com/weblogs/archives/2009/06/post_12.shtml, a very interesting blog. It came up on a google image search but now I’m going to check it out.)

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Do I Know You?

My buddy Joan Leacott, has a post about her experience volunteering to man person the Toronto Romance Writer at Word on the Street:

Do I Know You?

There’s even pictures! ;-D

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