Monday, February 28, 2011

Full Circle

This is the story about a man named Jed---no that's not it.

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip---no, that's definitely not it!!

Here's the story, of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls--ha--no, no, no!

Okay, I do have a story to tell, but it's doesn't have a theme song. It is the story of four friends, or rather four women who wanted to be writers, who became friends.

Way back, (not as far back as those theme songs!!!) but before the year 2000 hit, Missy, Maureen, Meg and Lindi (yes, I was the odd one out-no M name) gathered every week, trading chapter after chapter, book after book, in hopes to improve our craft. We started out meeting at a book store, then navigated to Maureen's house. She had fresh coffee, a charming little girl who now owns a car, and a husband with a quick wit who always made us laugh.

We met consistently. Every Tuesday night. I remember counting the days until Tuesday. I would get to be with my friends and talk about writing. And learn. We all four kept writing and learning.

This went on for a few years and was probably one of the most helpful aspects of my writing journey. Writers groups and contests contributed as well, but this group was crucial to my moving from one level to the next.
After a while it came to a close. Schedules were different, I had moved. We stopped meeting on a weekly basis. Since then we have exchanged chapters or books among some of us. We have all kept in touch and are still really good friends.

Missy got the call first, Maureen second, Meg third, and me last. But we all eventually got the call.

And what's very cool about that right now? We all four have books coming out over the next three months. Me and Maureen, March, Missy, April and Meg, May.

I think back about our meetings. How all this seemed so far away. But we hung in there. It's kind of like coming around full circle.

I've been blessed to have these ladies in my life.


Here we are in 2007 at a writers conference.
What has contributed to your writing journey? We'd love to hear your stories, too!

Lindi
Happy Endings Are Just The Beginning

15 comments:

  1. Sweet story, Lindi. Persistence does pay off, but faith more so. God used the faith that all 4 of you had and made your dreams come true. Congrats to all of you!

    My story is long, but I'm grateful for all the steps on my journey that I once thought were killing me.

    Blessings,

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  2. Jenn, I can't help but LOL... and I feel like crying as well at your response. Whatever I do, you are doing great!

    Lindi, I'm excited for all 4 of you ladies... You've all become published in the last few years... a lot to celebrate and be glad.

    Being apart of RWA and ACFW have helped me in my writing journey but most of all the friends I've met from those organizations.

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  3. Jenn,
    Christy is right. Whatever you are doing, you are doing great. It's faith that keeps us going through all those steps.

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  4. Christy, Friends are such an important part of this process. You can't have too many of them.

    Oh, and click on over to the "me" section of the post and you'll see all the book covers--except mine--but It'll be there soon.

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  5. Lindi, your post brings back so many wonderful memories! We learned so much together, and we had so much fun along the way. I'm glad we're still good friends and fellow travelers on the journey. The friendships are priceless.

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  6. Amen to what Meg said! The other day as I was taking my 8th grader to the high school to register for next year, and we spoke to one of the teachers nearby, it hit my that the she is the one who used to babysit my kids while I was at critique group. The high schooler who used to babysit for my kids might now be teaching my "baby" in high school! :) Everything comes full circle.

    It's been a wonderful, long relationship. And so exciting to see all our books out now!!

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  7. I'm so excited about your release, Lindi. I can't wait! I'm happy for all you ladies. Wow, all out in a few months. Awesome.

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  8. I feel blessed to have made the journey with you, Missy, and Meg. Can't wait to see your cover, Lindi!

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  9. I feel the same way about the Faith Girls. Here we're doing the same, parallel journey. It's interesting that you and Missy cross over into the two groups of writers. I think we all have small pockets of local friends like that and then we have these bigger beyond our own borders connections.
    Angie

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  10. Yes, Angie. We have so many writing friends locally and online. Such a wonderful support system!

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  11. Meg,
    Forever Marg to me!! Yes, priceless is the right word.

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  12. Missy,
    Isn't it funny how these things come around?
    And we're all still having fun.

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  13. Ciara, forever Tammie to me :) your turn is coming soon. I know it!

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  14. Maureen,

    Fun!! That's what your cover is. And I can't wait to read the book.

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  15. Ang,
    You're right about us F.A.I.T.H. girls. We are on an amazing journey. I'm so excited at what's in store for all of us.

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