I spent this past weekend at the RWA California Dreamin’ Writers Conference and had such a fantastic time. It was so great that I forgot to take pictures. I forgot to tweet. I forgot to check Facebook. Email? What’s email? Forgot about that, too. I totally unplugged and hung out with my writer friends.
And oh, how awesome it was. We laughed. We shared what we knew and what we didn’t know. We went to wonderful workshops given by our peers. We talked books and family and movies and firemen. We ate. We drank. We learned something new about each other and we made new friends.
For three days I was blessed to be with many of the smart, brilliant, kind, and funny friends I’ve made along my writing journey. The time I get to spend with them and learn from them and share with them is priceless. They are the most important part of my writer’s toolbox.
Because if the writing was gone tomorrow they’d still be my friends.
Sylvia Day was the Keynote Speaker at Sunday’s lunch and she gave an amazing speech. One of the most important things she wanted us to take away was to be fearless. I think this applies to everybody, no matter what you do. And no matter how you spend each day, your friends are there to remind you that fear is a four-letter word not in your vocabulary.
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ~Mary Anne Radmacher