First: LOOK AT OUR WEATHER!!!
I mean, I took this picture on Saturday. So when the rest of the country was buried under a Snowpocalypse--look, we have SUNSHINE AND BLUE SKIES AND SOME OF US ARE WEARING SHORT SLEEVES!!!!!!
*resists urge to stick out tongue*
But despite the good weather, I'll confess that when I started writing, part of me felt like I was living on the wrong coast. Like New York had ALL the writers and I was all by my lonesome in my sunny oasis. But as it turns out--there are a LOT of us out here!
Pictured above (from left to right) is Lisa Cannon, Debra Driza, Cindy Pon, Kirsten Hubbard, Nikki Katz, Andrea Ortega, and me. Some of us are published. Some of us are agented. Some of us are close. But we're all writers, living right here, in sunny SoCal. And we all met up for an epic lunch to swap war stories and encourage each other along.
And there are quite a few more we could have invited. This was kind of a last minute thing, so in our scrambling we forgot a few people. (sorry!) Plus we didn't invite any of the OC-ers or LA-ers because we were meeting in San Diego and weren't sure if they would want to drive in. But next time we're planning to extend the offer to everyone--and oh yes, there will be a next time.
So we're NOT alone here in SoCal. We have lots of writers out here. And we're making an effort to get to know each other more, support each other more. In this stressful, complicated, confusing business, it's nice to have a group you can turn to and commiserate with. And here in So Cal, we have it. And it's awesome!
What about you? Anyone else here in SoCal? And if not, have you found other writers in your area? I bet there's more than you realize. There were WAY more than I realized. :)