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.


Dawn Marie Hamilron 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...

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