It’s Friday! But not just any Friday. This is the day I introduce my new feature: Frabjous Friday!
OK, I suspect you might be wondering where I got that title. I borrowed it, part of it anyway, from a famous author: Lewis Carroll.
The word frabjous was created by Carroll in his famous poem “Jabberwocky,” in which he coined many fun, nonsensical words. When the hero of the piece slays the menacing beast with his “vorpal sword,” his father congratulates him, saying, “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
All week long, writers deal with delays and dashed hopes. We do our best to slay discouragement, disappointment, and doubt.
Along the way, some of us celebrate contest finals and placements, agent signings, and sales.
On Fridays, I want RWotJ to be a place where we can celebrate our successes as well as salute our perseverance. A place where we can have fun!
I don’t know about you, but I can take myself far too seriously. (Want proof? Ask my dear friend, Ruth Logan Herne. Ruthy’s been working on getting stuffy me to lighten up for two years. :))
What can you expect to see on Frabjous Fridays? Posts that are lighthearted, uplifting, encouraging, or just plain fun. I’ll write a few of them, but I’m inviting some of my wonderful writer pals to join me. The topics will vary, so prepare to be surprised.
One thing you’ll see at the end of every Frabjous Friday post is an invitation to share your good news. This is a time and place for happy dancing, so join in.
And good news doesn’t have to be huge. Did you complete a manuscript, submit your first contest entry, get your first request for a partial? Tell us about it, so we can celebrate with you.
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Frabjous Friday: RWA® Nationals 2010 Recap
I had a blast at Nationals. I enjoyed the workshops, the Literacy Autographing, and the Awards Ceremony. But what I enjoyed most of all was reconnecting with friends I’d met at the 2008 conference in San Francisco and meeting online friends for the first time.
The highlight was spending time with my awesome critique partner, Anne Barton
She’s not just my CP. She’s a treasured friend.
(Love you, Anne!)
Coming in close second was saying hi to many of my friends who’ve been guests here at Romance Writers on the Journey. Since a picture is worth the proverbial 1,000 words, I’m going to let those below tell the story.
Anne, Lavinia, and I met when we were Golden Heart Finalists in 2008. We’re proud to be part of the Pixies.
Christine and Amy are Pixies, too. We’re all part of the GIAM writers group founded by Amy.
Carla was the 2007 Golden Heart winner in the inspirational category.
Caroline is a member of the Sacramento Valley Rose RWA chapter along with me.
Pamela is a Pixie and one of the 2008 GH winners.
Christine and I met when she judged one of my stories in a contest
We were the three inspirational finalists in the 2010 GH and are part of the Unsinkables.
CJ and I are are also Pixies. CJ won the inspirational GH this year, and I’m thrilled for her!
Courtney is one of the Pixies. She stooped so Anne and I don’t look as short.
Elisabeth is a generous author who interviewed many of the Unsinkables (2010 GH finalists).
Elizabeth and I are online pals.
Jessica and I are blogging buddies. She lives in FL and came just for the Literacy Autographing.
I made a point to meet her in person. She’s also and stooped so 5’2″ me wouldn’t feel short.
Kelly is a Pixie. She won the inspirational GH last year and presented the award to CJ this year.
Lizbeth is an Unsinkable and one of the 2010 GH winners.
Lynn is a Pixie, the first one of our group to be able to use the title Bestselling Author.
She’s made the USA Today Bestseller’s List twice so far!
Paisley is another member of the Sacramento Valley Rose RWA chapter.
She was the first RWA member I met in person.
Ruthy’s teaching Let’s Lighten Keli Up 101. She’s tonz of fun! I loved meeting her in person.
She’s such a kick. I was having such fun with her that Anne captured my toothiest grin ever. 😀
Susan is a Pixie and another of the 2008 GH winners.
Susan is a Pixie and yet another of the 2008 GH winners.
Although it took me an extra day to get home due to a Florida thunderstorm that delayed my first flight and made me miss my second, when I did reach California, I was tired but happy. For me, the conference was a 12 on the 1-10 scale.
If you attended Nationals, I’d love to hear how things went for you.
If you have good news, please shout it out, so I can join in your happy dance.
I wish you a Frabjous Friday!