"To understand the people I may be thrown
"To be audacious!"-- as she swept her hand across the room to us all.
And had the book for me with her: "IF YOU WANT TO WRITE"
But I missed it. I miss it all the time.
"More to come"..
6 minutes: it's an "endurance"
hyperventilating and all. I wasn't expecting that one!
At the first meeting I attended (Nov 2004) when I joined, Bree offers me a membership application and encourages me to join. Apparently, someone has vouched for me. Who? How sweet. And I never expected them to pull my business card out of that hat they passed around. "I stutter" I told them with my head in my hands confessing my fears. They had no intention of letting me out of it. As I found an Arctic class icebreaker steaming into position and plowing ahead for me. And she did it in only three words. Thanks for the self-esteem. Thatís when I knew I could handle it. At their next meeting I gave my first speech ever (but they didn't know that).
What a thrill!
"Surround yourself with the Best and the Brightest"
You know them when you meet them. They're just brilliant. Thatís all. Just plain brilliant.
Ejner Thanks for the hug. (4/19/06)
(5/17/06) It's late and she's pulling on his arm trying to drag him away from me in the parking lot: "I love it!" I told them. What a compliment!
(8/16/06) Oh dear, she's still "pulling on his arm". This time she doesn't even give me a chance to start talking to him.
Bill Copeland -- (but the problem is that you won't "see" him there, you have to meet him "in person"..)
..just like Martin: I keep telling him he should be doing Humor. That Martin repartee. Touchť! I have no idea what he's writing. Or why. Something the size of "War and Peace" or something ("Ever hear of something called 'Concision'?" I asked him). Some kinda top secret something or other. "Who knows?.." It's all "hush hush".. "surrounded in darkness"
Don't tell anyone I told you!:
Martin Shane Dowd (aka "the high-speed microchip brain interface")
(another one: what happened to his website? You need to maintain a presence I told him. However low key.)
(our open mic emcee)
There are certain compliments that a fellow writer bestows upon another that are immensely powerful. And, oh dear .. this one he tries to hide! He knows I'll blab?
Anyway, I wish I had his voraciously absorbing reading abilities
"like a sponge" I told him recently.
"Who's Jim?" this 'mystery person' who has caught my interest. I'm starting to wonder if he's had us all snookered with that deep authoritative voice of his. Is it in fact "shy guy Jim"? I completely missed it until his CWC speech at Hobee's in front of our membership. Welcome to "The Order of the Shaky Hand". Yes, it is indeed called 'desensitisation'. Maybe thatís why you seem to know what I need: Encouragement. Supportive words.
"You go up to him and you introduce yourself to him!"
Christopher Gortner Thanks for expressing an interest in meeting us all after your speech and encouraging us to do so individually. Which I did for the first time for any author at our meetings. Commenting that we shouldnít feel reticent or shy just because they're the speaker and clueing me to the fact that I've been missing all those great opportunities to meet all those interesting authors "face to face" and chat with them a bit and give them a chance to "see who I am". Like Mary Monroe, Denise Roy, and Elizabeth Kearney "speeches, speeches, speeches" -- (good advice for this 'shy guy' here).
Good luck Teresa. And thanks.
Other supporters, acquaintances, associates, confreres, chums, pals, comrades, winks, nods, smiles, well-wishers, cohorts, fellow travelers and/or accomplices:Joyce Robins and Leonard (both are "always good for a smile"). Thanks, it means a lot to me.
Some of you I simply forgot to remember so far. Be patient. And/Or "don't look!". Some I've left out for weird reasons *I* still haven't figured out yet. In fact, it's all become so bizarre that I don't know who to leave out or in anymore..Then there's those "Cupertino Writers"..
"Much much more to come" .. "stay tuned!"
(What a story!)