I spent this past weekend “In the Company of Writers”, also known as the Washington (DC) Romance Writers Annual Retreat in Leesburg, VA.
As usual, there was a wonderful line-up of published authors, editors, and agents offering up their time, talent, and advice. My friends and I laughed with Kristan Higgins, cried with Sherrilyn Kenyon, and said goodbye after a moving and inspirational talk by Cathy Maxwell. I’ve been to many retreats in the past, but the talent, energy, and friendship this weekend rivaled them all. Thank you so much, WRW, for putting on such a wonderful program.
And it’s fitting that I returned on a Sunday night in time for my “Multitudes on Mondays” post over at my “pink blog.” In January, after reading the beautifully written book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp, I started work on my own list of one thousand things to be grateful for. What began as a list written on scrap pages stuffed in my purse has slowly expanded into my online visual journal. But considering the weekend I just had, meeting and hearing some of my favorite authors, I decided to expand my gratitude journal onto this blog. Although not as visual as “Faith, Hope, and Publication”, it’s just as relevant.
Since this is a different kind of list, I’m starting over with number 1.
#1 The weekend retreat “In the Company of Writers” sponsored by Washington (DC) Romance Writers.
#2 The three requests for full manuscripts I left the retreat with.
#3 Sherrilyn Kenyon for reminding me that courage and strength doesn’t have to be loud and physical, but can be silent as tears. This weekend she generously gave me the push I needed to persevere, and I will always be grateful.
#6 My husband (actually, this should probably be #1) for his constant support and love.
#7 Kristen Lamb‘s book We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media for teaching me to brave this new world and encouraging me to build this site. Although, after having read the book twice, I’m still pathologically afraid of Twitter.
Keeping this list helps remind me, on my darkest days, that I am blessed beyond measure.