What do Guinness Milkshakes, Mardi Gras, and Pajamas Have In Common?
If your answer was: Tameri's Wild Weekend with the OCC RWA, then you're right!
Last weekend I ventured up to Orange County to spend some time with my Romance Writer's of America chapter (OCC RWA) to celebrate their 32nd birthday! Wow, that's a long time to have a group of writers getting together.
Most of you know I ADORE my RWA brothers and sisters. Whether it's an online chapter or the two I get to participate in in person, RWA nurtures my creative soul. I get so much out of the monthly meetings. Not just lessons in craft, but in humanity, humility, and humor. Lots and lots of humor.
I've said it before, but it's worth saying again ~ if you're a creative type, find your people. Whether it be a favorite conference, a group that meets once a month at a local cafe, or a weekly walk through a park. Find like souls who GET you and hold them close. Those are the people who will be there for your ups and downs. Your cheerleaders and your ass kickers. Because yes, we all need both. Sometimes one more than the other. 😉
If you'e a writer, find a writing group near you and check them out. If you like them, join in the fun. I absolutely recommend anyone who has the slightest bit of romance in your novels to join RWA. You don't have to be a romance writer! But there does have to be romantic elements in your novel. It is bar none the best organization I've ever been involved with. They are super supportive, know their stuff, and are willing to share with other writers.
My chapter mates have become family. I laugh with them, cry with them, and laugh some more. Want proof of how awesome they are?
This is how Victoria Dahl started her speech at Saturday's morning workshop:
What does a Scotsman wear under his kilt?
On a good day, lipstick.
I'm still laughing. And you know, I will never look at a kilted Scotsman the same way again. Now, I'll be snickering like a fool. Because I'll know.
Victoria gave an emotional speech that had me nodding my head and thinking that maybe I'm going to be okay as a writer. The afternoon speaker was Heather Bennett from Decadent Publishing and her speech was a riot. I'll have more on that in another post. It involved a mostly naked man, which is always a good thing!
I bet by now you're wondering about that Guinness Milkshake, right? Was it good? Was it EWWW? I was a tad nervous to try it, but DAMN! It's delicious. Vanilla ice cream, Andes chocolate mints, chocolate (sounding good so far, right?), and Guinness. Yeah, it couldn't gone either way, but it rocked. If anyone lives near Anaheim Hills, CA, go to Slater's 50/50 Grill. Trust me on this, you'll like it.
That started our weekend off just right. Oh, and my favorite Gal Pal Gayle stopped by to dine with us. She's hiding beneath the baseball hat. For those of you who don't know this, Gayle shows her horse Snoopy, and I thought she could use a bit more bling in her outfit, so I got her this cute little cowgirl hat. What do you think? She ‘claims' Snoopy doesn't think much of the hat, but I beg to differ…
What about the rest of the weekend? It was just as fun!
There was a raffle for these amazing baskets. I won two! Both were New Orleans/Mardi Gras themed (as was the day's party). I'm looking forward to a night of mystery and murder at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney!
At night there were workshops that we attended in our pajamas. It was so much fun to see everyone in their jammies. Next year, I need pictures! I completely forgot this year, but I did get a cute pic of my ‘Big Girl Panties' that I decorated in a workshop meant to empower and motivate. It was a ton of fun giggling with the ladies as we glued stickers to our unmentionables. Seriously, get some friends over and have a panty party. You'll thank me later.
So there you have it. Guinness Milkshakes, Mardi Gras, and Pajamas. Oh, and we can't forget the Big Girl Panties! It was a fantastic weekend full of laughter and learning.
What do you do to get inspired? Think you'd ever decorate panties as a motivational tool? What about that milkshake? Want one?