Monday, May 23, 2011

My Birthday

I am riding high from my birthday today. It has amazed me at how many friends have taken their time to send me a greeting and best wishes. I've always thought writers are the best kind of friends, now I know beyond a doubt.

As a writer and because I live in the mountains, I don't get out much or have much of a social life. I rather like being a hermit most of the time because I have my muse to keep me company. A week ago I enjoyed three days at a writers' retreat with my Sacramento Valley Rose group and certainly thrived on the comraderie. Like one of the attendees said, "I've never enjoyed being a writer as much as I have since joining RWA. People who don't write, don't understand what I am talking about most of the time and if they did, they don't care."

My mentor, Karen Rose Smith, told me twelve years ago to get into RWA and join a local chapter if I was serious about writing. She opened a door to a great new chapter in my life. I have also joined online groups, volunteered for lots of jobs along the way, and have made life-long friends.

Maybe the best part of writing are the friends, but accomplishing writing goals aren't too shabby either.

5 comments:

Dawn Marie Hamilton said...

Happy Birthday, Paisley!

Wishing you many more—full of health and happiness.

Sorry I'm a day late, but I'm a bit slow this week. :)

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Thanks, Dawn Marie. It was quite a lovely day yesterday and not even a bother adding another number to my age.

Jill James said...

Paisley, I love RWA and my chapters. If it wasn't for my writer friends I would still be a painfully shy wallflower and probably would never have finished a manuscript, let alone published one.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

They are pretty special, our RWA friends, aren't they, Jill!! I write becaue of the support I get and like you know I am where I am because of them. I also know, when I get pubished they will share in my pride. :)

Josie said...

Paisley,
I belated but sincere "Happy Birthday!" Hope you had a wonderful day!