Just when I am about to throw in the towel with my writing, it is time for another meeting of Georgia Romance Writers and I get inspired all over again.
Today was a perfect example. I reconnected with good friends, like Atalie.
Atalie was one of those lovely women who made me feel super welcome when I was a newbie to GRW. She was also my very first Etsy customer. She has been dealing with some pretty serious health issues so I haven't seen much of her lately, so I was especially happy to be able to give her a hug this morning.
Visitors were introduced, then it was time for good news. My friend and PFHT blog sister Susan Carlisle was recognized for signing a two-book deal with Harlequin. Congratulations, Susan!
Susan Carlisle with GRW president Nicki Salcedo
Then it was time for our featured speaker Kelly L. Stone. Author of the Time to Write series, Kelly has the best ideas for helping writers keep motivation high and deal with the inevitable interruptions that life throws our way. Today she talked about the thought, feeling and behavior cycle, explaining that we may not be able to control our thoughts and feelings, but we CAN control our actions. So it is important to set specific writing goals for ourselves, and then make sure that our actions are in line with those goals regardless of how we might be feeling. Makes perfect sense, right? She concluded her presentation with a guided meditation. The message I got loud and clear was "Do the work." More on that tomorrow.
Pam Asberry with Kelly L. Stone
Several of GRW's own were available to sign books at the conclusion of the meeting.
Then it was time to head over to Ted's Montana Grill for lunch with the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales, to celebrate Susan's success.
Susan pours the sparkling grape juice.
Susan is gracious and humble. She toasted to all of us!
When it comes to writing, a little bit of encouragement and support go a long way; Georgia Romance Writers provides megadoses of both. I have never been more enthusiastic and inspired than I am right this minute. Thanks, GRW! And thanks to Lindy Chaffin Start for all the photographs.