So, several weeks ago, I had to make the difficult decision not to attend this year’s Washington Romance Writers annual retreat. I had several conflicts that weekend, and the event just seemed too difficult to shoehorn in with other obligations. Sigh.
Then, I received an email from the president of WRW, telling me that the chapter was recognizing me with a career achievement award (one that’s given to recognize a member’s work, either because of quality or quantity.) The chapter wanted to know if I could join them on Saturday for lunch, to receive my award.
Of course, the answer was yes.
I rearranged a couple of things on my schedule and drove up to Westminster, Maryland, where the retreat was being held. For the first time in all the times I’ve driven there, I found the correct, most direct route without silly detours. I arrived early enough to chat with folks between sessions.
And then I sat down to lunch, sitting next to Keely Thrall (who was, in a wonderful sense of “coming full circle”, the president of WRW when I joined.) We had a lovely lunch, chatting with everyone at our table.
A number of awards were announced, all for kind, generous women who are devoted to making the most of their writing careers. My name was called, and I was charmed by the vigorous applause as I walked to the front of the room. I didn’t trip, or anything.
And now I have a visual reminder on a shelf in my office, a heartwarming token of what romance writers can mean to each other as we build our careers.
Thank you, Washington Romance Writers. I’m truly, truly flattered by your recognition!
P.S. The icing on the cake was finding out that my name was the answer to a Romance Jeopardy clue! (The answer was about my writing the nine-volume Diamond Brides series in one year 🙂 )