So, on Friday, I did that headshot thing. Lots and lots to talk about regarding the process and the results, but I’ll wait till I have final pics to share with you.
I spent all day Saturday in the company of romance writers. I headed up to Bethesda way-too-early on a Saturday morning and met up with a couple dozen people for the Washington Romance Writers monthly meeting. Leigh Duncan was telling us about her journey to become a writer, then about how she organizes her books. After lunch (a highly spirited discussion of the relative merits of traditional publishing, self-publishing, and small press, all conducted over Chipotle burrito bols!), we headed back for an afternoon of Leigh discussing different ways of looking at plot — Hero’s Journey, Hauge screenwriting, etc. She used one of her novels as an example.
I wasn’t a perfect student, alas. I spent part of the afternoon catching up with another student who was playing hooky (name not divulged, to protect the guilty). I had a lot of fun catching up with friends, and it was great to share progress notes on Diamond Brides.
Saturday evening, I attended my first Lady Jane’s Salon — a monthly reading series where romance readers share their work. There were two spicy readings (one rather sweet-in-sentiment, one very funny — both read with the door to our meeting room in La Madeleine closed!), a historical/mystery/romance that inspired the greatest number of questions from the audience, and one fun contemporary. All in all, a fun way to spent an evening.
Sunday evaporated, as Sundays are wont to do — some reading, some household organizing, some I-don’t-know-what-but-now-it’s-time-to-get-ready-for-the-work-week.
And now, it’s the work week. And I really need to get a lot of writing done today. So, without further ado…