Friday, 2 November 2007

thanks to Saskia!!!

And the delicious skinniccinos and toasties at BB's... I'm in a much, much better mood today!

Writing is a bloody lonely business and while online friendships and associations can be enriching and rewarding, there is nothing, but nothing to beat a face to face with a like-minded chum who's really on the same wavelength. I think the lunches I share every month or two with the wonderful Saskia Walker really help to keep me sane in a world that's sometimes utterly crazy and perplexing.

As usual we were in 'frightening the natives mode', and pretty soon an exclusion zone established itself around us as punters with delicate sensibilities swiftly moved away to tables out of earshot of our frank and occasionally even so slightly raucous [me] talk about writing, erotic romance, publicity, blogging, other authors, promo, editing... and the general bonkersness of the romance author's life. Safely away from the internet and being eavesdropped on by any actual authors/bloggers/online personalities, we can dish the dirt with a delicious lack of inhibition. I would imagine by the time we're finished there are quite a lot of furiously burning ears dotted all around the globe. Saskia, of course, is wiser, kinder and far more generous-spirited than I am, but she tolerantly smiles and listens to my repeated and extended tirades of venting!

Telly: nothing much
Choc/Yummy: cheese and ham toastie
Mood: good
Writing: not yet
Reading: ARC
RSI/FMS: tired and achy, but not too bad

Don't forget Portia's Promos - new stuff being added all the time!


Unknown said...

Sometimes living in the middle of nowhere sucks. I would love to have like minded people around me. But mostly I get people who skirt around me and whisper behind my back. Ah well. I do enjoy my internet connections with authors and perhaps someday I will move across the pond where I belong.


p.s. I posted about you in my blog today. Everyone is going to think we are in cohoots together. :) Cheers!

Melissa Blue said...

Ah, the like-minds cure, because sometimes you need someone on the same wavelength to unload on.

Evanne Lorraine said...

Just stopping by to say how much I'm enjoying Suite Seventeen, totally scrumptious book. In a near catastrophe the puppy grabbed it from the nightstand and had a good gnaw on the spine, but thank goodness the text is undamaged. . .

Saskia Walker said...

Hey, I think your t shirt may have had a hand in clearing the area, as well our smutty conversation :)) In fact if I ever travel with you I INSIST you wear that t shirt, we might get the whole aircraft to ourselves!!! ROFL

Thanks Wendy, I had the best time, much needed and much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Don't you just love a good rant? It's so tempting to rant online with all your online buddies, but you know it's not safe. That's the downside of online friendships.
*sigh* it's such a pity that erotic romance writing isn't that popular among us Irish.

Amanda said...

It is a lonely business. I look forward to finding a nearby pal to share the trivalities and not so trivalities of the business.

Keziah Fenton said...

There's nothing like a face-to-face connect with someone who "gets" it. Facial expressions alone are worth the price of pages lost. The brainstorming, letting your hair down, uninhibited, free flow conversations banish the stagnant cesspool my brain becomes after staring at the computer screen for too many hours.

I just picked up "The Devil Inside" the other day. Excellent, as usual.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you and Saskia enjoy your lunches -- and LOL @ "frightening the natives mode!"

Happy writing, and thank you for your visit to my blog and your encouraging words! :)