Tuesday, January 6, 2009
A Life filled with Purpose
The advent of the new year hasn't completely lifted my dark mood, but I've decided to learn to swim with the tide rather than against it. It also doesn't help that I've been battling a really nasty flu for the last six days. I say that in warning, just in case none of the rest of this post makes any sense.
I rarely make resolutions for the new year and the ever effervescent Marilyn Brant, whose blog is listed in the blog roll, posted an excellent treatise on the proper way to deal with those--resolutions, I mean. Marilyn also has introduced her brand new website and is hosting a contest, open until the end of this month. If you're popping by here, take a minute to click on the link to her blog and leave a comment, please. I'm all about the swag and she's got plenty of it.
I've recently volunteered to co-chair my RWA chapter's conference in 2010. I'm excited about making decisions involving which authors we'll be able to lure to Chicago to be our speakers, who'll be on the editors and agents panels, and just being involved in all of the ins and outs of running this event. As an unpublished writer, I think the experience and exposure to all of the elements of the writing life will be exciting. I learn something new almost everyday about the publishing industry or the writing craft, but hope that my business world experience will translate to making our Spring Fling a success. In addition to getting the lineup for the event in order, I'll be trying my best to lure authors, aspiring or established, to come to Chicago to attend the conference. I'll post my progress on this front as time passes, otherwise I might be asking for a tee shirt that says "STOP ME BEFORE I VOLUNTEER AGAIN."
I say that because I'm also the new program chair for my chapter. What does that mean, you ask? Well, I'll tell you. It means that I'm responsible for pleading, whining, wheedling and cajoling people into attending one of our two monthly meetings to speak about things that are of interest to the writers in my chapter. My predecessor in this role, the awesome Martha, has actually left me with a very nice cache of speakers and activities until I get on my feet. For instance, Patricia Rosemoor of the wonderful vampire and mystery romance books, will be on deck for April. My dear friend Nancy, who's a professor, author and certified image consultant, has agreed to speak to our group sometimes during the year. Nancy has a book on fashion and style debuting in February, Your Personal Style. There's also 'hot night' where members read a steamy section from some of their writing. Most recently, Carrie Lofty, whose book What a Scoundrel Wants , debuted in December and is justifiably getting rave reviews, offered our last program event with a seminar on writing action sequences(snakebite scenes). I really enjoy program night, so hopefully being the program chair won't take the fun out of it for me.
So, let's hope that in addition to wrangling my family and keeping up with my own writing, that this new volunteer opportunity provides me with plenty of purpose over the months to come. Fingers crossed.