• It is said that good things come to those who wait. I believe that good things come to those who work. - Wilt Chamberlain
  • A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. - Richard Bach
  • You don't find time to write. You make time. It's my job. - Nora Roberts
  • Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. - Buddha
  • Luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it. - Denzel Washington
  • I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying. - Michael Jordan

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hudson Valley RWA

Today I went to my  first official meeting of the Hudson Valley Chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America). I joined back in September (after a wonderful luncheon), and it took me five months to get up the nerve to attend. Now, after spending time with this friendly and welcoming group, I could kick myself for waiting.

At the end of the meeting writers/authors (unpublished/published) were given a chance to read a few pages of their work in progress. I read the first five pages of my new military story. (And let me tell you, writing a  juicy love scene is much easier than reading one out loud when there are other people in the room!) Well, I'm happy to say, no one walked out or called me depraved, which I think is positive. In fact, my fellow members praised my writing, and offered suggestions on how to make the story stronger.

Now, with renewed motivation, I am ready to get back to work. In case any of you stop by, I'm looking forward to seeing you again next month! Happy writing! 


  1. It's a great story and wonderful premise. Can't wait to hear more.

  2. Thanks, Terri!
    Right back atcha! Your descriptions are amazing.

  3. Yes - come back - we must hear more!

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Liz! I look forward to hearing you time?!

  5. Glad you enjoyed your first meeting ;)

  6. I love my Orange County Chapter too. So glad you found a nurturing club. By the way I like your Buddha quote on the top of your post. I recite it to myself when I get up every morning now. Thank you!

  7. Thanks for stopping by Allie and Linda!
    And Linda, the Buddha quote is one of my favorites, too!

  8. Love the pink. Are you celebrating the month of love? If you're kin to Julia Roberts in Steel Magonolias it could be your signature color.

    I don't know anything about the writers' group you visited, but I can attest to romance writers being the friendly group (whichever climate you hale as home).

    Kuddos on joining. Kuddos are attending. And double kuddos on reading your work.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  9. Thanks for stopping by, Sandra. (And we got our snow last night and this morning!) Hope it's warming up down in Texas!