I promised yesterday to share last night’s writers get-together. It was a lovely evening, which I enjoyed thoroughly. Several weeks ago, my cousin Eve asked if I would participate in a meeting of writers that she was putting together at the request of a friend. He had a nephew coming to town who was a writer travelling the country with his family. This nephew, Shawn Smucker, was interested in meeting local writers and networking.
It sounded like fun, so I said sure. We gathered at the Texas Roadhouse, because the Smuckers were big fans of Willie Nelson, and — since Eve didn’t know him to invite — she booked his restaurant instead. 🙂
With Shawn and his uncle Sam, there were seven of us, but the layout of the table made it difficult for me to hear the writer part of the conversation after the initial introductions. I did get a chance to give Shawn a copy of Miles To Go, and Sam had brought copies of Twist of Faith for everyone signed by Anne. Shawn was happy to sign them for us as well.
I did get to talk to Eve a great deal about family things. We haven’t had a lot of interaction in the past, and it was interesting to hear stories about her branch of the family — and about my own that I had never heard before. One of the things we discussed was The Mighty Mites project — two of my great-uncles and a great-aunt were among the children at the Masonic Home at the time this is set.
I didn’t really get to speak to the other ladies present (Deann, Cathey, and her daughter Charity) very much…between my shyness and the difficulty hearing around the table…but it was a fascinating group all round, and quite a pleasant dinner. I hope to see them again sometime.