Monday, January 14, 2013

Writer Friends

I had an amazing week last week.

I hosted a book discussion at my house for BONDED by Michelle Davidson Argyle, and Michelle even came (and blogged about it!). How cool is that?

I had dinner with her and my CP, Kathryn (who mentioned me in her blog this week, too).

And then on a last minute crazy whim, I bought a plane ticket late Thursday afternoon to California and flew there a few hours later to spend the weekend with another CP, Emily. So. Much. Fun.

Katie, Emily, & Michelle. My you're looking thin these days, Em.


It took me a year and a half after starting to write before I even met another writer let alone become friends with one. Fast forward to today, and not a day goes by that I don't talk on the phone with, email, text, social media-ize or read other writers' blogs. OR, apparently, fly to their hometown and eat all their food. :) And though I am super-tight with my critique group and a few other writers, I've never met most of those I consider my writer friends.

What started out for me as a fulfilling yet lonely hobby has become a huge network of the biggest support group any writer could wish for, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Do you have writer friends? Have you ever met them in person? Any surprises from your weekend?

This song's dedicated to Taryn and Robin who I didn't get to see last week but really wish I did, because we own the sky...


33 comments:

Suzanne Furness said...

What a lot of fun you had! Sadly I've never met another writer in person, but I would love to.

Martin Willoughby said...

Aside from people in my writer's group, no...or should I say not yet.

Suzi said...

It took me awhile to get to know people too. But I'm more of one to sit back and listen then jump into the conversation.

I've never met any writer friends in person, there are not too many who are close. But maybe someday I'll be lucky enough to.

ilima said...

Suzanne-I'm sure you will one day. :)

Martin-Yes, not yet. :)

Suzi-I'm lucky that there are a ton of writers where I live.

Kathryn Purdie said...

Last week was definitely eventful for you! I'm so glad I got to be a part of it. And I'm happy you got to see Emily in person again, and that she didn't have to be a cut-out to enjoy the fun this time around. I'm truly grateful for your friendship and support. I can't imagine continuing to write without it! <3

Sara B. Larson said...

Looks like a really fun week! The support and friendship of other authors is invaluable in this industry. So glad you have so many wonderful people in your life!

J. A. Bennett said...

You're coming to Storymakers, right? 'Cause we are totally going to party! :)

Emily R. King said...

I waited a long time before I found writing mates as well. The blogging world can be thanked for that!

ilima said...

Kathryn-And you know Emily and I just talked about you guys all weekend. :) Love you, Katie!

Sara-No kidding. I had no idea what a difference having friends in this crazy writing journey would be!

Jennie-Yes! I have a feeling I'm gonna meet a ton of writer friends there this year. :)

Emily-Hip hip hurray for fellow bloggers!

Johanna Garth said...

That sounds like so much fun! Did you FaceTime her in? What a great idea. Yes, I do have writer friends who have developed into just good friends and it makes me feel so lucky!

Morgan said...

Those girls are GREAT! I know Katie and have read Michelle's blog a ton. Writer friends are the BEST!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I haven't met many in person, but met thousands here online. Never knew this writing community existed, either.

ilima said...

Johanna-Haha. She was jealous she couldn't be here with us so we pretended she was. :)

Morgan-Aren't they wonderful? :)

Alex-Seriously a huge community. And I like to think of you as the godfather of us all, haha.

Emily said...

Ilima, I had so much fun...and it's true...we talked about all our other writer friends the whole weekend, so it was almost like they were there with us!

Thanks for visiting and spending the weekend with me! I LOVE writing friends. They toads 'get it.'

Leigh Covington said...

WOW~ So many fun things going on for you! Lucky!
And I agree - there is an amazing group of supportive people in the writing community :)

Nicole said...

What a crazy random happenstance for your week! :)

I met a fantastic crit group in person before I jumped into the online community, and I'm so grateful for that awesome mix of support.

ilima said...

Emily-I toads miss you already. <3

Leigh-Definitely lucky. I love writers!

Nicole-And writers are so positive too, encouraging eachother. I love it.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

We're all so lucky to have great friends! I don't think I could do this writing thing without great friends! :)

Tammy Theriault said...

sounds like you had a great last minute plans going on and are all over this place! writing friends, of course! everyone is so awesome, it's hard not to.

Donna K. Weaver said...

This is SO true! I never dreamed I'd meet for many wonderfully supportive people when I sat down to try writing a book.

ilima said...

Michelle-Great friends like you! :)

Tammy-Half the fun was that it was so last minute and crazy. :)

Donna-I know, right? So many awesome writers!

Kelley Lynn said...

I met Jess a little ways back and she's the only writer friend I've met in person. That will change come May though!!! can't wait to see everyone at LDStorymakers!

ilima said...

Kelley-Is Jess going to Storymakers, too? It's going to be a blast!

Carrie Butler said...

How stinkin' cool is your life? You're this popular, jet-setting author now! ;)

I, on the other hand, have met no one. LOL

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I have writer friends but haven't met any in person yet. Working on it though. Glad you were able to do so. Congrats.

jaybird said...

Well, I would definitely consider you my friend, although we have never met. I can't tell you how many times I've wished I lived closer to some of my blogging pals,so I could get together with them.

Jessie Humphries said...

I agree. My two CPs are my best friends now!

ilima said...

Carrie-I know. I'm so amazing, right? Hehe, not really. But all my writer friends are. Woot!

Sheena-kay-One day you will. And it will be worth it!

Jaybird-Seriously. One day one of us will be on tour for a novel we wrote and we WILL meet each other, I'm sure of it! <3

Jessie-Yep. Who else knows better what this crazy life of a writer is really like. :)

Jenny S. Morris said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic week. I've met one of my CP's in person. And can't wait to meet the rest.

Jenny S. Morris said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic week. I've met one of my CP's in person. And can't wait to meet the rest.

Hope Roberson said...

Well said, Ilima :) I LOVE MY CPS!!!!! I've met one of my cps in pers (how do I make an arrow pointing up? :) ). I can't wait to meet them all!

ilima said...

Jenny-I did have a great week. I hope you get to meet them soon. :)

Hope-I love my CP's too. They are my best friends.

Robin said...

Awe, that's the sweetest thing, a song dedicated to me. And I'm so slow on blogs these days that I'm just now seeing your post.
As you know, my writing journey started with one close friend and now has expanded to so many more writers. What a great community to be a part of. And seriously, how awesome that you were able to drop everything and fly to Emily's.

Hugs!