Last week I caught up with my writing buddies Annie West and Anna Campbell for G & Ts by Annie’s pool. Good friend and fellow writer Judy joined us a bit later when we broke out the bubbly. So…the burning question—what did we chat about?
|Judy, Anna Campbell, Michelle Douglas
* Fruit and carbohydrates. I brought along a really pretty bowl of fruit. Anna and Annie are great fruit devotees. Me? I demolished the olives and dip instead. We tried to find the secret for why we’re so attracted to carbohydrates. The answer we came up with—because they’re yummy.
|Isn't that the most glorious bowl of fruit you've ever seen? (yes I was proud of it)
* Anna kinda sorta interviewed me about my writing process for an upcoming workshop she’s running. It’s going to be a great workshop.
* My current Buffy the Vampire Slayer craze and what I’m trying to learn from it as a writer.
* I quizzed Annie and Anna about what I should do for a 10-minute launch of my March book Road Trip With the Eligible Bachelor, (which is happening at Singleton Library tomorrow evening so if you’re in town come along!) and they gave me great advice. Thanks, ladies!
|Anna Campbell and Annie West with G & Ts
* We briefly chatted about one of Annie’s upcoming projects and the brainstorming she and Anna had been doing.
* Book titles: our faves and not-so-faves of our own and each others.
* Our parents
* Our pineapple books—you know, the ones we never want to experience again, and why they were pineapples. The reasons varied. My pineapple book was Christmas at Candlebark Farm. When I received the 3rd set of revisions from my editor I realised the book needed to be completely rewritten. Sigh. I learned so much from that book, but I never want to go through that process again.
* Our ages and when our birthdays fell on the calendar year. Shall I confess it had never occurred to me that as an August baby that meant my parents had had a rather pleasant summer holiday. :)
|Anna Campbell, me and G & Ts
* Critiquing—pros and cons and wonderings if we were nurturing rather than critical.
* Holidays and cruises
* French champagne
* What we had planned for the weekend
So, as you can see, we’re like any other bunch of people who are both colleagues and friends, we talked shop, we enquired after each other’s families and sprinkled amongst that was talk about other things that interest us. It was brilliant.
What about you? Have you been having any fun chats with colleagues and friends lately?