July was a busy month and a sad one but not to dwell on the later but espouse on the former – attended my first Romance Writers of America annual conference. It was held in San Diego this year and we had writers taking the Surfliner rather than drive. I love train rides and this one was no exception! FUN!! The conference was great although exhausting. The first day of travel, hotel registration, conference registration and getting acquainted with the hotel was beyond tiring but lots of fun. Made new friends and for those who know me – I couldn’t have asked for more consideration as they knew of my two knee replacement surgeries in the past year and were very watchful over me that I not take a tumble! No worries there – all was good. My roommate Kathleen encouraged me to keep my pitch appointments and I was glad I did for I was lucky with both – one requesting a full manuscript and the other a query letter. For my first attempt, I was a happy camper. Back at home had to deal with the deaths of my husband’s beloved stepmother Monte earlier in the month and towards the end my son’s father-in-law. Hard to believe they are gone. Monte was always encouraging me to write and had a lot of faith in me! New writers need all the support we can get and Monte was always there for me. I will miss her. But knowing she would not want me to dwell but get on with my work I shall.
Next up back to the drawing board to work on one or several of my works in progress. Will it be the sequel to my just submitted manuscript, a wartime historical fiction set in Europe or the one set in the Hawaiian Islands? Lots to think about!!