A note from our president, Jen FitzGerald

January 2012

Happy 2012, all.

I hope the new year finds you all happy and well.

I’m not much one for resolutions, having found, probably like many of you, that I can never keep them or keep them for long. But since we’re all writers here, I imagine the one resolution we’ll share is that of getting, somehow, more words on the page. My biggest personal stumbling block is not lack of time, but lack of ability to plot. (I know what you’re thinking.) When I get the occasional brilliant idea, I can bang out words like nobody’s business. The problem is my brilliant ideas are few and far between. And not only that, but then I have to come up with GMC and turning points. Huge weaknesses for me. And conflict… to that I say:

Conflict—we don’t need no stinking conflict!

Last January, Marsha handed out four index cards to those in attendance, and we were instructed to write quarterly goals. I wrote the same thing on all four cards and failed to meet that goal all four quarters. I have to admit that last January I was just coming out of a year-long depression and really didn’t care all that much, nor can I actually remember what I’d written. This year I do care, and I already know what I’m planning to write on those index cards. My primary goal for 2012 is to learn how to plot. One sub-goal to help me accomplish that is to take some online classes. At least one a quarter. If you have any recommendations, please send them along. If you’re a great plotter, perhaps you have some words of wisdom/advice you’d care to throw my way.

Looking ahead through 2012 and beyond, we have a lot of exciting things happening. . . .

At the end of March, we’ll be hosting the North Texas Two Step - A Writers Conference. Nikki Duncan and Tracy Ward and their merry band of helpers have put together a fantastic weekend. I hope you’ll come and be a part of it. For all the particulars, please visit our website, and don’t forget to spread the word.

As I write this, our esteemed writing contest, the Great Expectations, is just about to close to submissions and judging will get underway shortly. Wendy Watson and Angi Platt and all those who preceded them have put in countless hours to make the contest one of the best in RWA and our chapter’s primary fundraiser.

Sue Grimshaw, formerly of Borders, will be here sometime in the fall.

The November retreat is a great time to get some writing done before the holiday hubbub begins.

And in March of 2013, NT will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. What a great milestone to commemorate.

Unfortunately, NT can’t survive and thrive and offer all these awesome programs and events without its volunteers. Yes, I’m talking about you.

You’ve heard the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child”? Well, it also takes a village, if you will, to run a chapter. Some jobs certainly require more of a time commitment than others; some jobs require a passion for numbers, or at least a working knowledge of them; some jobs require those fearless or bold enough to cold contact people. When I agreed to run for president the first time, several years ago, I was petrified of speaking to large groups. I’m still not keen on it, but I learned how to do it and I’m the better for it. (That’s not to say I’m necessarily better AT it.)

Anyway, all that to say we need you. Some needs are immediate and some are not. Our more immediate needs include an Audit Committee, a 2013 Anniversary committee chair & committee and a 2014 Conference committee & chair. We’ll also need a contest chair by June 1. If any of these things are of interest or you have any questions, please contact me as soon as possible. (president@ntrwa.org) Otherwise, I may be contacting you.

In conclusion (finally, I know), there are a lot of new faces out there and I don’t know all of your names, but I hope to—I mean to. Unless you know I know your name and can match it to your face, please come introduce yourself to me at the next meeting (and possibly the next). I’ll be the one behind the podium.

As for those of you we didn’t see very much of in 2011, I certainly hope we’ll see more of you in 2012.

Sincerely,

Jen

 

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