I went to TRW’s monthly meeting which was an all day affair today since they’d brought in Margie Lawson to teach her Empowering Character Emotions Master Class. Wow, talk about inspiring! I learned about Anaphora – a device I’ve been using but never knew what it was called. I learned about how to make every ‘he smiled’ or ‘she frowned’ have more of an emotional impact. I learned about backloading to make my writing kick-ass.
And now you’ve just learned what Anaphora is too 😉
During the day I bought a couple of tickets for the draws for baskets the volunteers put together as prizes. I’d bought three tickets when I first arrived, then at the last call for tickets late that afternoon, some little voice told me to buy some more. Squeee! One of the second batch of tickets won!
I have another copy of Elizabeth Hoyt’s The Leopard Prince, an autographed copy of Julianne MacLean’s Surrender to a Scoundrel, two disks of erotica e-books by Bridget Midway – Foolish Games, and Chances. Also in the basket were a jar of Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, an Orange Spice Cake scented tin candle, a bag of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn, an aromatherapy ‘scratch and sniff’ book, and Tada! A free one hour deep muscle massage by fellow TRW member and one of my critique partners, Dar! (Who promises not to leave me with DOMS – which has nothing to do with any sexual games!)
And as an added surprise, Amy Ruttan slid me a brand spanking new 6 Degrees of Sexy T-shirt that I’d admired on her at last month’s meeting. Thanks, Amy! We went to lunch at a restaurant across the street where I got to talk with a fellow classmate – and New York Times Bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. Is it ever inspiring to find a successful published author who is still willing to rub shoulders with us lesser folk. Who was willing to offer her advice regarding my writing.
Then we went over to the Stage Door in the Novotel Hotel where we got to talk with our fellow classmates. Among them were multi-published authors Kelley Armstrong, Molly O’Keefe, Michele Ann Young, Teresa Roblin, Kate Freiman, Kim Howe, Wylie Kinson and newly published Amy Ruttan and Savannah Chase. Margie graciously took time to speak with everyone and answer our questions. Before she hit me in the arm when I said ‘if I get published’ and told me I had to think ‘when I get published.’ Yes, she’s right. I have to think positively.
All told it was a great day.