Writing is sometimes a solitary endeavor. Not this week! Looking back, I am grateful for my support system, which helps make all things possible. On Tuesday evening, I attended the Colorado Authors’ League (CAL) banquet with my hub and partner, Don, who is my anchor in all aspects of life. My publishers from Filter Press, Doris and Tom Baker, braved a spring blizzard to attend with us. My friend from Women Writing the West (WWW), author Susan Tweit, was also there as a finalist, and we cheered each other on. CAL not only honored my work with their 2010 Award in Young Adult Nonfiction, but they presented me with a grant to help me attend the WWW Conference in the fall. WWW members sent numerous messages of congratulations on the Listserv digest.
Beyond my work as administrator for Women Writing the West, which involves interaction with approximately 250 members, I’ve enjoyed the support and society of several other groups over past weeks. CAL gave a seminar which I attended at the clubhouse of my Denver Woman’s Press Club. Yesterday, I attended a presentation at the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), to learn how to better juggle networking options. I continue to learn new and interesting research methods from CGHS, the Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society. A week ago, I visited the Park County Archives in Bailey, Colorado. My research pal, Christie, was there, and she will also share a history lecture and trip to Leadville soon.
In upcoming entries, I will talk about some of these groups individually and describe some of their unique offerings and characteristics. They blend to lend support, education, and inspiration to those who choose to become members. Solitary writing life … I don’t think so!
Joyce Lohse, 5/16/2010