Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Twenty-One!

My youngest child turns 21 today. Which is no excuse for my forgetting that it's my turn to blog (oops). She's working in New York City and I won't get to see her on her special day. Bummer! But I am thinking of her. And not much else since my brain is still in a fog following the annual Romance Writer's of America conference.
Elissa, then.

Elissa, now.
The sweet girl actually called me at her time of birth. "Hooray, I'm really 21!" And I remembered holding her for the first time all those years ago.

And I remembered turning 21. It was the year I graduated from college. And got married. Same year. Which seems kind of crazy looking back, but it worked for me then. I'll celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary next year. For my daughter, it's also the year she will graduate from college-- and she wants to work in publishing! She's currently an editorial intern, a job she loves, and I hope she lands her dream job following her graduation.

But back to RWA! It was in San Antonio, TX, and we all had a great time. At the Sourcebooks Spotlight, you would have learned that Sourcebooks is looking for extraordinary writing. Paranormal, contemporary, historical... it doesn't matter. Trends don't matter. Great writing, that's what matters. Write the story you want to write, the one only you can tell, and the rest will fall into place.
With one of my BFFs, author Julia London. She was up for two RITAs! ( But Jane Porter and Grace O'Keefe won her categories- maybe next time).

At the Readers for Life Literacy Autographing

Wonderful dinner here with the Sourcebooks team.

Sourcebooks treats us like princesses. We went home in horse-drawn carriages.

Do you remember what you were doing at 21? Were you at RWA? What are some highlights from your conference experience? 



8 comments:

  1. When I was 21...no idea. My birthday is Christmas, so I'm sure I was home with my family. It was great to see you at RWA!

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    1. I didn't get to see enough of anyone at RWA! It's always flies by.

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  2. I had been married 3 yrs. (45 now) and we went out to dinner with friends and a hockey game lol. No, haven't made a conference yet but would love to one day.

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    1. Next year's RWA conference, New York City!

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  3. Belated Happy B'day to your daughter! That is such an exciting milestone...I remember going out to celebrate and deciding that I liked my cocktails better without alcohol, but happy that I could choose, lol.

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    1. Sometimes you really don't need the alcohol. But yes, she's delighted to be able to order it if she wants.

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  4. Oh, yes, I remember my 21st birthday. Someday we shall grab a corner and I will tell you about that day. LOVED RWA but next year I do believe Charlie's Angels should have the "bad" table crown. Jade, Mary and I've worn it for several years. It's time to bequeath it to Sara and her crowd of Angels.

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    1. I feel like I'm missing out on the bad table action. I'm always somehow in the opposite corner.

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