Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why I love living in SoCal

Sure, it's REALLY expensive here and we have terrible traffic and smog problems and all that jazz. But I think this picture pretty much sums it up:


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. :)

47 comments:

  1. That's so cool you know all these people. But stop rubbing the weather. It's so cold here it's going to feel warm when it reaches 32. I have writer friends, but none that are published yet. But I do know some from Michigan SCBWI.

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  2. Color me jealous. How I long for that weather! All that green... We're buried under all this white stuff, and will be for months...

    That's great that there are so many writers in your area! I haven't come across any close by but I'm sure they are there somewhere...

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  3. Yep, I hate you! We've had -26F temperatures. By the time it hits 0 F, people (read teens) are wearing their swimsuits. ;)

    I've been lucky to connect with writers in my city. Some are like me, looking for an agent, some are agented, and some have books out. We love to get together once a month for lunch to talk about everything, including writing. :D

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  4. I wish I was in SoCal. I love it there.

    I will be there the beginning of May visiting family.

    I wish I was there now, though. Snow and cold here. It was 18 this morning. C'mon I know you're jealous.

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  5. Wow. I actually know who one of those lovely ladies is (not including you, of course). I'm not sure I would be into meeting up with a bunch of other writers like that. I'm just too shy and too weird.

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  6. great pic and I AM so jealous of the weather!

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  7. Wow - look at all you glowing in such fab weather!!! Enjoy! Take care
    x

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  8. We were lucky to miss the Snowpocalypse this time around (we were hit with it in January). But still...I'm jealous. It's still too cold for short sleeve shirts here.

    I live in a rural area, so I haven't found any writers to meet with in person. *jealous again* Hopefully I can get to a writing conference one day:)

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  9. UGH! I am BURSTING with jealousy over your weather and your companions!!

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  10. Aw! I want sunny weather!

    Any writers out there in Indiana? I feel all alone sometimes...LOL.

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  11. My weather has been pretty nice in St George, Utah, but I'm not a big part of the author scene yet. I'm more jealous of that than the sun and short sleeves. Though...I may be like Matthew, too shy and weird.

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  12. You may have your sunshine and palm trees, but do you get snow days???? That's all I get... I'm in central Illinois. We have snow days and lots of insurance companies, but I do get to hang out with some awesome published writers that I met through RWA in my spare time.

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  13. That's it--I'm moving across the country! I think there are a few writers here in VA, but the only one I see on a frequent basis is my cousin. And that's because I live with her. :)

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  14. I love writer get-togethers! That is an amazing group of ladies, including you!

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  15. You know I'm in SoCal! Actually, I'm currently deciding whether to move to OC from IE. Family stuff involved. I have a lot of writer friends in the area and meet some of them regularly for crit and others for socializing. I strongly urge everyone to find other writers. We're strange birds so it's good to flock together.

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  16. *mutters* Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Rub it in.

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  17. I'm TOTALLY willing to make the drive from OC! Sounds like so much fun!

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  18. Okay, first: that picture is just mean, so Here I am, sticking MY tongue out at YOU. He he. Second: sadly, I have not found many (any?) other writers in my Montana solitude. I know there are some, though, somewhere. :-)

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  19. Yay for SoCal writers! I'm in L.A. Or just north of. Am loving the sunshine, but it's really windy here today and the chill is a little too fresh for me this morning.

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  20. LOL, I live on the Dirty Coast, and all the writers keep leaving! ;)

    That's so cool that you were able to meet up with so many writers! Enjoy the weather.

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  21. First of all, I'm jealous of your weather and sticking my tongue out at YOU. Second, I live in an authorly WASTELAND! It's awesome that you have such a close community of writers. YAY!

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  22. It's sunny here in Portland too, even if it's 36 degrees and we woke to a hard frost.

    You guys are great, meeting up and having fun. We writing men need to do more of that. Matt & Charlie, road trip? I'm not shy and am only weird in a writerly sort of way (researching ghost ships, Shakespeare, and the Holy Grail--what a hodgepodge--turns me on.)

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  23. I shall NOT comment on your weather comment...grrr... ;)

    That's awesome that you've met that many other writers in your area! It seems like all the writers I know through blogging are either out west or up north. I know there's some GA writers out there...I've heard rumors...

    Cheers!
    Jen

    PS: Enjoy that awful, terrible weather you're having ;)

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  24. I think I saw it's supposed to be 77 this week. And I live 10 minutes from the coast ;) I'm sorry, all you snow bunnies! sometimes I long for seasons, but then I hear about car doors frozen shut and towering snow banks and I look outside and yeah, nevermind. <3

    (P.S. I decided we should meet in Encinitas next time, because there are tons of fun places, and it's farther north for you northeastlings.)

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  25. This is evil. Pure evil.

    Today's high in my NJ/NY area, 26. Yeah. Brrr.

    Sunshine? What is this sunshine you speak of? Could it be the myth of a fire ball in the sky that brings light and warmth and green things is... real?

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  26. Very cool picture! And yes, I'm beyond jealous of the sunny weather.

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  27. First of all, I'm jealous! I love sunshine!

    Also, sorry to sound whiny, but I keep trying to go to the WriteOnCon website and it will only take me to linktrack.info. Do you know why this is happening or how to fix it? I missed the January event because I couldn't get to the website. :(

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  28. I am in NY state, but no where near NYC. And some people have the opinion that the only place in NY state with a real arts scene is NYC. Well, Buffalo has an amazing arts scene too. No, not as big, but we are pretty cultured here.

    I am a member of a writers group, some of the most amazing people I've ever met in my life!! And I am so thankful for them!

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  29. Ha, weather is so weird! Oregon has been periodically clear too, though not as warm as CA, I'm sure. It hardly seems like winter...

    Have a great week, Shannon!

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  30. I want sun! I'm always cold (unavoidable bummer living in England, lol), but I loved the warmth when I was in L.A last year on holiday. You are so lucky.

    Glad you had a nice time meeting up with the others. It sounds like it was fun. :)

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  31. I miss sunny California, and wearing short sleeves in the winter. :(

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  32. I also feel like New York has all the cool stuff. I live in LA, I'd be willing to meet up with others!

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  33. Well, the last Philly Lit Night was rather a hit. And there's, like, 30 people in the area who've expressed some interest in the next one. So...yah. We got us some writers over here.

    Also, we have sub-zero temperatures. :P

    *sigh*

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  34. Michael G-G, I'm up for a road trip to meet with fellow writerly and artistic types of the masculine persuasion. As long as we eat well and talk about our current projects, I'm in.
    Funny Stuff I Write

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  35. I'm in Colorado. Never even been to Cali. I seriously need to change that. :) And yes, I'm jealous right now. THough I do love Colo.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  36. I'm a SoCal writer! I'm unpublished, and struggling with my rewrite, but I'm doing my thing here in smoggy L.A.

    The great thing about being a writer is that you're not necessarily limited by needing to be in a certain area. Actors need to be in either NY or CA, but writers can write from anywhere and send in their hard work to the people who will get it out there. Even so, it can feel isolating, as if you're writing on the moon.

    Meet-ups are a wonderful thing. Community is a wonderful thing. The more we're brought together to commiserate with and encourage each other, the less we'll feel as though we're the only ones going through this pleasurable torment called writing. I'm all for bringing us together and tightening those bonds!

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  37. I live in Pa. Like a complete world away, although the family and I are going to San Fran for a vacation in a few months. That should be fun.

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  38. Not, but I am in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (a pin prick north of Miami). It's a sunny 78 today :) Yes, I have my writing buddies who meet at Starbucks three days a week to sip coffee and work on our manuscripts. So much fun having others to write with.

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  39. Charlie P: Excellent. Since we're hijacking Shannon's comment form right now, why don't we all just go down and visit her and her merry pranksters in sunny So. Cal.? All the way down I-5 in the all-male motor home... oh, I feel a book idea coming on.

    (thanks for the follow, too.)
    Apologies for the male-bonding, Shannon. You do such a good job of bringing us all together.

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  40. LOL. I love that my comments have become a place for male bonding. NEVER thought that would happen. ;)

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  41. Best. Comment string. Ever. You go guys! Make it happen! I'm rooting for this all-male bonding trip!

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  42. I'm in SoCal! Burbank to be exact. I've been trying not to rub the weather in to my crit partners that are living through Snowpocalypse. It's so nice to have the windows open for a gentle breeze at this time of year!! I haven't found many writers in the Valley. I've been trudging over to the Westside where all the cool peeps seem to live. We have tons of writery people here!

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  43. this looks like such a lovely time out!
    i'd love to be included in one of these some day. or have a few of my own. :)

    and lucky you for having such wonderful weather. usually we have lovely weather too, but february is our cold month. luckily there are only 28 days in feb, right?!

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  44. I'm in SoCal (between San Diego and LA) when I'm not at college... At this point I'm more of a fangirl than a writer, but I would love to meet up with you guys sometime if you'll have me! :)

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  45. Look at you amazing people! I'm here in San Diego, too (National City) and in the short time since moving, I've met some FAB people as well. You guys rock! Next time you're out, let me know. I'll stalk on over and spill a drink or two to introduce myself (a tried a true method of socializing: totally how I met my husband.) Cheers!

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  46. Hijacking comment threads since 2010. Ü

    Sorry Shannon.
    Funny Stuff I Write

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  47. How cool to be able to get together with other writers. When the weather is nicer (no snow!), I'll have to see if I can find some other writers in my area.

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