Although Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States, International Workers’ Day or Labour Day is traditionally celebrated on the first Monday in May in most European countries. Whether you’re working today or not, I hope you have an enjoyable time.
I originally planned to hang out my “Gone Writing” sign this month, but life had other ideas. I still won’t be blogging, but unfortunately I won’t have much time to write either. While I’m away on an unexpected writing hiatus, here’s a list of 5 things you can do until I return.
1. Explore my site and archives.
3. Participate in Read-a-Romance Month.
4. Try something or someplace new.
5. All of the above.
6. Clean my house.
OK, I added the last one to see if you were paying attention, but feel free to volunteer if you want. (WARNING: Beware of the dust bunnies.) To apply click on contact page.
See you in September!
T’was the week before nationals when all through the loop,
E-mails were stirring with the latest news for the group.
The nervous excitement hung in each heart and the air,
In the hopes that July 23rd soon would be there.
When what to each overflowing inbox did appear,
But a photo of the Dream Weavers pin for this year.
More rapid than nanoseconds the messages came,
And we replied, commented, tweeted, and shared each name.
Now, requests! Now, contracts! Now, congrats and celebrations!
On interviews! On, posts! On, dresses and alterations!
To bringing new business cards! To downloading apps!
Now schedule events! Reservations! Maybe short naps?
But you’ll hear us exclaim, as we head on our way,
“We can’t wait to see each other and you in SA.”
©2014 Jillian Lark (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)
Dream Weavers pin made by Kingpin www.show-pins.com
Final Dream Weavers pin designer search by 2014 Golden Heart finalist Denny S. Bryce
Final Dream Weavers pin maker search/ orders by 2014 Golden Heart finalist Asa Maria Bradley
“A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore
Have a wonderful day with friends and family!
Recently my fabulous Austin RWA chapter held a champagne party for the 2014 RITA/Golden Heart finalists at the beautiful home of urban fantasy author, Sloane Calder. (Thanks, everyone!) About 25 chapter mates enjoyed conversations and refreshments. Some ARWA members eluded the camera, so you won’t see them in the party album below. President Emily McKay (previous GH finalist, double RITA finalist, and 2013 RITA YA winner) proposed a toast to the current group of nominees and our past finalists and winners. We wished all of you could have attended. I’m truly honored to be among the supportive, talented writers in my local chapter and in this year’s group of Golden Heart finalists.
AUSTIN RWA 2014 RITA/GOLDEN HEART FINALISTS
Julia London (double RITA), Julie Kenner (RITA), Jillian Lark (Golden Heart), and Sherry Thomas (double RITA)
Hostess Sloane Calder and Ana Farrish Austin RWA President Emily McKay
The Toast (Julia London, Julie Kenner in back, Jillian, Sherry, and Susye Bowles)
The Refreshment Table
(Foreground) Jodi Linton and Cheryl Rae’s curls
(Background) Aimee Wyatt and Mari Mancusi
Julia London, Julie Kenner, and Jenna Stuart (2009 Golden Heart finalist)
Melissa Rupert and Elaine Brady
(Left to right) Tracy Talbot, April Kihlstrom, Claire Ashley, Kathy Ramirez, and Susye Bowles
Anna Castle, Tenaya Sunbury, Chris Campillo (2011 Golden Heart finalist),
Emily McKay, Sloane Calder, and Ana Farrish