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This year, I'm again pledging to read at least 52 fiction books, though shooting for 60.

I did exceed my 52 book goal from last year.

2014 Goals

  • lose weight--get down to 120ish pounds (that's 16 lbs.)
  • pay off the credit card with proofing money
  • create bulb bed/plant bulbs on the side of the house
  • work on back yard
  • bookshelves in living room
  • ramp up proofreading
  • publish three more Romance Writer's Guides books
  • get my son graduated
  • read up on how to make the body work like it's supposed to and help my hubby lose weight and get healthy
  • read 64 books, including 12 books on plotting

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Writers Group Holiday Party


One of my personal events is to attend my writers group holiday party. This is a time of visiting. We've gone to a no speaker policy since it's a time to visit and have fun. Having to listen to a speaker when you want to visit is unfair to the speaker.

We do have plenty to keep us busy, though, aside from the visiting. We officially announce our election results. The results are usually a foregone conclusion since we've only ever had one person run for any board position in the nine years I've been a member.

We also hand out some awards. At each meeting, members log the number of pages edited and revised since the previous meeting. Then the president (me this year) tallies up the totals and we recognize the published and pre-published members who have recorded the most written and revised pages for the year. They each receive a certificate and a $25 VISA gift card.

In addition, we present someone with the Yellow Rose Award. This is for someone whose gone above and beyond and given that bit of extra effort towards the good of the chapter. They also receive a $25 gift card as well as some yellow roses, a certificate, and a special commemorative gift. This year, a rose ribbon pin.

A new program we started this year was to recognize members who sold books throughout the year. When at a meeting you announced a book sale (or two or three) you were at some point presented with a jumbo sized pencil with the book title, publisher and month written on it. Now, you didn't get to keep the pencil--it went into a pair of boots and was displayed at every meeting. It was cool to watch the number of pencils grow and we quickly had way more pencils than the boots could actually hold. Today, we'll hand out the pencils so those authors can have another (aside from the books themselves) physical manifestation of what they accomplished this year.


On that note, I gotta go get ready for the festivities.

Do you attend many holiday parties?

2 comments:

Regina Richards said...

It was a great party! says the girl who went home to happily hang candy canes on her tree. Thanks, Jen!

Jen FitzGerald said...

You're SO welcome!

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Jen's Glossary of Terms

  • DH = my husband
  • my Brown Eyed Girl = my oldest daughter
  • DD = my Darling Daughter (the younger one)
  • Sonshine or Marching Band Boy = my son
  • NT = the North Texas chapter of RWA
  • RWA = Romance Writers of America

Books Read in 2014

  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Two epic novels worth of Sherlock fan fiction (and counting) by various authors
  • Up All Night by Renee Ashley Williams
  • Oral Invitation by B.J. Hayes
  • Lights Out by Ann Campbell
  • Explicitly English by Rachel Leigh
  • M-theory: Mycroft, Moriarty, and Magnussen’s shared motifs, James Bond’s “M,” Mary and Janine, and the big gay long game by the loudest subtext in television (that's a screen name, if you hadn't guessed)
  • Noble Beginnings by L.T. Ryan
  • Christmas Justice by Robin Perini
  • Just A Fling by Olivia Noble
  • Running by Patrice Fitzgerald
  • Buster's Law by Laraine Lebron
  • Harry PotterPage to Screen by Bob McCabe
  • Professional Plot Outline mini-Course by Holly Lisle
  • The Plot Skeleton by Angela Hunt
  • Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley
  • Basher Five Two by Scott O'Grady
  • Mai Tai Marriage by Chris Keniston
  • Still Delicate by padfoot4ever (Harry Potter fanfiction)
  • Deliate by padfoot4ever (Harry Potter fanfiction)
  • Montana Sky by Nora Roberts (audio book)
  • Mad About Plaid by Kam McKellar
  • The Roles We Play by JoAnna Grace
  • Drowning by Racel Firacek
  • Whip Me Up, Tie Me Down by Lavender Daye
  • Game of Fear by Robin Perini
  • Lost in Temptation by Lauren Royal
  • What Wendy Wants by Nikki Sex
  • Improper Proposals by Juliana Ross
  • Kira's Keeper by Jan Schliesman
  • Improper Arrangements by Juliana Ross
  • Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
  • How to Kick Your Fat in the Nuts by T.C. Hale
  • Stop!!! Manifesting Money by D/C Russ
  • A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton
  • Secret Obsession by Robin Perini
  • Rebooting Your Life: A 12-Day Program for Ending Stress, Realizing Your Goals, and Being More Productive by Gibbons
  • 30 Daily Weight Loss Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle by Joshua Wylie
  • Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
  • Coconut Oil Recipes: Nature's Remedy for Health, Beauty, Weight Loss, Allergies & Detoxing by Scarlett Aphra