Monday, June 15, 2009

Fun at Panera Bread

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. ~Francesco Guicciardini

So... I met up with Denise Robbins at Panera Bread in Bedford, NH yesterday (and WOW! Who knew Panera Bread was so HUGE -- when I walked in, I couldn't see her and actually called her on the phone to find her!).

It was good. We sat and talked and talked and talked... and then I looked at my watch and almost three hours had passed! How did that happen?

I had to get going, but just as I did, another author walked in: Nora LeDuc. We introduced ourselves and I wish I could have stayed longer, but .... *sigh*... maybe next time.

I forget how energizing it is to talk IN PERSON to other authors. It's excited and interesting to talk about the process and how you work and what gets you through blocks or how frustrating it is when 'real life' gets in the way. Research and software and editing and publishers.... I could have stayed all day and not been bored.

Denise showed me the trailer of her upcoming book and WOW! does it look great! And I can't wait to dive into her current book, "It Happens in Threes".

So, I'm feeling good and ready to dive into some writing. In fact, I started working on editing "Stiller Creek" again, and adding in the new character and pulling out some of the backstory that exists near the beginning and...

Yeah. It was good.

Here is a pic of Denise and me at Panera:

And check out Denise's blog -- she has a cool book-a-week READING challenge (so if you like romantic suspense, you should check it out -- she invites the authors to come comment, too, and there are some biggies: Carla Neggers, Lisa Jackson and others). And recently (for writers) she had a great discussion about passive voice (and those rotten "wuzzes").

How was your weekend?



MomJane said...

It sounds like you really had a great time, and were energized too. It is always good to get a new burst of excitement about your writing. Glad it was so great for you.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I'm so glad you made it for your time out and had some rejuvenation with another author. Yay! My weekend was lovely, too, visiting with my German daughter.

Tori Lennox said...

Sounds like a great time! I miss being to chat with writers in person.

Dru said...

I'm glad you had a good time. I think it's great when writers can talk to other writers.

Brandy said...

Yay, you went. Glad to hear you had such a good time. It must be wonderful to get together with other authors. I hope you have a good Monday!

Keri Mikulski said...

Love Panera Bread. Yum. :)

Melissa McClone said...

Sounds like a really great time! Hope you can do it again soon!