A note from our president, Michelle Welsh

August 2013

Change is in the Air

August has arrived, and even though fall usually comes late in Texas, change is already in the air. Kids (and parents) are getting ready for school to start, and my grass has turned its usual autumn color of brown. Ah, well.

Change is afoot in our chapter, too. In fact, in all of RWA. But we’re a hardy bunch, and we can handle whatever life throws at us. It’s not always easy, but we’re strong.

At my house, I’m eagerly awaiting my eldest son’s college graduation and hopefully, a full time job so he can enjoy the perks of adulthood. You know, rent, utilities, grocery bills, and taxes. Every parent’s dream for their child.

I’m also embarking on a self-publishing voyage with excitement and a bit of trepidation. So many moving parts, so many steps to take before the launch, and all of it my responsibility. What if I forget something? What if I mess it up? What if nobody likes it?

Isn’t this the reality of every writer?

We put words on the page and hope they connect with a reader in some unknown but meaningful way, never knowing if the connection was made. We take chances and move out of our comfort zone to take on projects that are dear to us. We make a difference.

Think about it.

A lonely woman living in military housing and wondering if her soldier husband is safe might console herself with a lighthearted romance centered around a military hero. Across the country, a husband sits next to a hospital bed and reads a sweet romance to his wife while she’s recovering from surgery.

Who knows where our books will go. Like with our children, we can only do our best to send them out into the world properly prepared and ready to do the best they can.


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