The Joys of Friendship

5 wenchesAndrea here, thinking today about the joys of friendship and all the special ways it can enrich our lives. Here at the Word Wenches, we all write books that have friendship and love at the heart of our stories, though we play with those elemental tropes in our own individual styles. The beauty of friendship is that it has an infinite number of ways to weave us all together.

4WenchesInCTIn our occasional blogs on craft, we’ve talked a lot about the solitary life of a writer, and how we spend a lot of time in the “writing cave” with just our characters for company. (Trust me, there are times I wish I could send them back to their own abode and get them out of my hair! But as with all friends, you quickly learn to love their little quirks . . .)

 

PlottingNow, the eight of us Wenches are scattered (literally!) around the globe, and though we rarely get a chance to meet in person, we talk every day via our private e-mail loop and have forged a very closeknit friendship with each other. However, when we realized that the recent RWA conference was going to bring a bunch of us to NYC for a few days, we began to plot some fun time together in real time!

ChampagneFirst off, Anne, Mary Jo, Susanna and I did a joint panel for the conference. The plan was then to do a plotting retreat up in Connecticut where I live, using my place as the Wenchly hub. Pat flew in from California and Joanna hopped a train from Virginia. (Alas, Susanna couldn’t stay on for the trip north, and Nicola and Susan couldn’t get their own schedules to align. You will be hearing more about Nicola’s adventures very soon!) And off we went—five Wenches together in one place for three days!

As you can probably guess from the photos, there was much laughter and much wine flowing! And amazingly enough, there was much work that actually got done, too. Morning were for personal writing, then after lunch, we gathered to talk about the blog, and new ideas to keep it interesting and engaging for all of our wonderful readers.

IMG_7900But the heart of the gathering were the dinner/evening brainstorming sessions where we all took turns talking about sticky plot problems we were having in our WIPs, and getting suggestions for unraveling them. We all know each other’s writing very well, but we each create in different ways, so it was amazingly fun to watch the process of how we each deconstructed a story to find it elemental parts, and then offered ideas on possible solutions. (Joanna—usually a very gentle soul—was ruthless in killing off one of Pat’s characters . . .though she did use a napkin rather than a knife!)

AnneInspiration comes from hearing all sorts of ideas, and then finding the one little comment that suddenly sparks your ah-ha moment on how to make your story better. It’s impossible to convey how much fun we had together, and how much creative energy was whizzing through the air. But along with all the professional fun, we also had a chance to just kick back and yak about life together, share stories, and expand the bonds of our friendship through the personal interaction.

IMG_7898And we got the chance to celebrate some of Life's little moments with each other—Pat's birthday, Anne's new release, Marry In Secret, the arrival of the paperback edition of my Murder at Half Moon Gate. It was all such a joy, and we came away from the experience vowing to try to make happen on a regular basis—and with all eight of us! That will be a challenge, of course, given the distances between us and the demands of modern life. But we are going to try.

So what about you? Do you have a regular get-together with special friends or a like-minded group like a gardening club or book club? The Wenches are fantasizing about a writing retreat to Tuscany together. Where would your dream getaway be with your friends?

125 thoughts on “The Joys of Friendship”

  1. For thirty years I looked forward to my weekly Mah Jongg group, seven women who solved all of the problems of the world and that of the group in between games of course. We all lived within blocks of each other and our children all went to the same school, were on the same ball and swim teams and most are still friends today. As I write this I realize the group, adults and kids, grew up together. My husband and I retired out of state and while I am thoroughly enjoying retirement, I miss them dearly. This past Christmas we were back in the area and I got everyone together for lunch, we had so much fun! We plan to make this an annual event.

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  2. For thirty years I looked forward to my weekly Mah Jongg group, seven women who solved all of the problems of the world and that of the group in between games of course. We all lived within blocks of each other and our children all went to the same school, were on the same ball and swim teams and most are still friends today. As I write this I realize the group, adults and kids, grew up together. My husband and I retired out of state and while I am thoroughly enjoying retirement, I miss them dearly. This past Christmas we were back in the area and I got everyone together for lunch, we had so much fun! We plan to make this an annual event.

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  3. For thirty years I looked forward to my weekly Mah Jongg group, seven women who solved all of the problems of the world and that of the group in between games of course. We all lived within blocks of each other and our children all went to the same school, were on the same ball and swim teams and most are still friends today. As I write this I realize the group, adults and kids, grew up together. My husband and I retired out of state and while I am thoroughly enjoying retirement, I miss them dearly. This past Christmas we were back in the area and I got everyone together for lunch, we had so much fun! We plan to make this an annual event.

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  4. For thirty years I looked forward to my weekly Mah Jongg group, seven women who solved all of the problems of the world and that of the group in between games of course. We all lived within blocks of each other and our children all went to the same school, were on the same ball and swim teams and most are still friends today. As I write this I realize the group, adults and kids, grew up together. My husband and I retired out of state and while I am thoroughly enjoying retirement, I miss them dearly. This past Christmas we were back in the area and I got everyone together for lunch, we had so much fun! We plan to make this an annual event.

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  5. For thirty years I looked forward to my weekly Mah Jongg group, seven women who solved all of the problems of the world and that of the group in between games of course. We all lived within blocks of each other and our children all went to the same school, were on the same ball and swim teams and most are still friends today. As I write this I realize the group, adults and kids, grew up together. My husband and I retired out of state and while I am thoroughly enjoying retirement, I miss them dearly. This past Christmas we were back in the area and I got everyone together for lunch, we had so much fun! We plan to make this an annual event.

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  6. Denise, I have a similar smaller group — four friends who originally met to play MahJongg, but later decided to make it canasta, and we also add in occasional other games that one of the group likes to introduce us to.
    We also have weathered many of life’s twists and turns, and one of us had a baby the morning after card night — when she rang me in the morning to say the baby had arrived I didn’t believe her because we’d all said goodnight at 12.30 the night before! But that baby is now a 6ft something twenty-something year old. It doesn’t seem that long at all. *g*

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  7. Denise, I have a similar smaller group — four friends who originally met to play MahJongg, but later decided to make it canasta, and we also add in occasional other games that one of the group likes to introduce us to.
    We also have weathered many of life’s twists and turns, and one of us had a baby the morning after card night — when she rang me in the morning to say the baby had arrived I didn’t believe her because we’d all said goodnight at 12.30 the night before! But that baby is now a 6ft something twenty-something year old. It doesn’t seem that long at all. *g*

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  8. Denise, I have a similar smaller group — four friends who originally met to play MahJongg, but later decided to make it canasta, and we also add in occasional other games that one of the group likes to introduce us to.
    We also have weathered many of life’s twists and turns, and one of us had a baby the morning after card night — when she rang me in the morning to say the baby had arrived I didn’t believe her because we’d all said goodnight at 12.30 the night before! But that baby is now a 6ft something twenty-something year old. It doesn’t seem that long at all. *g*

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  9. Denise, I have a similar smaller group — four friends who originally met to play MahJongg, but later decided to make it canasta, and we also add in occasional other games that one of the group likes to introduce us to.
    We also have weathered many of life’s twists and turns, and one of us had a baby the morning after card night — when she rang me in the morning to say the baby had arrived I didn’t believe her because we’d all said goodnight at 12.30 the night before! But that baby is now a 6ft something twenty-something year old. It doesn’t seem that long at all. *g*

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  10. Denise, I have a similar smaller group — four friends who originally met to play MahJongg, but later decided to make it canasta, and we also add in occasional other games that one of the group likes to introduce us to.
    We also have weathered many of life’s twists and turns, and one of us had a baby the morning after card night — when she rang me in the morning to say the baby had arrived I didn’t believe her because we’d all said goodnight at 12.30 the night before! But that baby is now a 6ft something twenty-something year old. It doesn’t seem that long at all. *g*

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  11. I recently reconnected with my Best friend from college. I’m hoping she can come down for a few days so we can have a couple adventures and catch up on years of stories we have weaved. She has some amazing fantasy ideas that need to see the light of day, and I have at least three Historicals that I need to tell. My husband is taking his Mom to Florida for a few days and it is a perfect time for her to visit. Now I’m preparing the house and waiting for her stars to align so she can make the trip.

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  12. I recently reconnected with my Best friend from college. I’m hoping she can come down for a few days so we can have a couple adventures and catch up on years of stories we have weaved. She has some amazing fantasy ideas that need to see the light of day, and I have at least three Historicals that I need to tell. My husband is taking his Mom to Florida for a few days and it is a perfect time for her to visit. Now I’m preparing the house and waiting for her stars to align so she can make the trip.

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  13. I recently reconnected with my Best friend from college. I’m hoping she can come down for a few days so we can have a couple adventures and catch up on years of stories we have weaved. She has some amazing fantasy ideas that need to see the light of day, and I have at least three Historicals that I need to tell. My husband is taking his Mom to Florida for a few days and it is a perfect time for her to visit. Now I’m preparing the house and waiting for her stars to align so she can make the trip.

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  14. I recently reconnected with my Best friend from college. I’m hoping she can come down for a few days so we can have a couple adventures and catch up on years of stories we have weaved. She has some amazing fantasy ideas that need to see the light of day, and I have at least three Historicals that I need to tell. My husband is taking his Mom to Florida for a few days and it is a perfect time for her to visit. Now I’m preparing the house and waiting for her stars to align so she can make the trip.

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  15. I recently reconnected with my Best friend from college. I’m hoping she can come down for a few days so we can have a couple adventures and catch up on years of stories we have weaved. She has some amazing fantasy ideas that need to see the light of day, and I have at least three Historicals that I need to tell. My husband is taking his Mom to Florida for a few days and it is a perfect time for her to visit. Now I’m preparing the house and waiting for her stars to align so she can make the trip.

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  16. BTW, my trade paperback copy if Andrea’s Murder at Half moon Gate arrived, I want to dive right into it, but am reading Anne Gracie’s new book. What’s a Wenchfan to do when she has a plethora of Wenchwerks to choose from?!?

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  17. BTW, my trade paperback copy if Andrea’s Murder at Half moon Gate arrived, I want to dive right into it, but am reading Anne Gracie’s new book. What’s a Wenchfan to do when she has a plethora of Wenchwerks to choose from?!?

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  18. BTW, my trade paperback copy if Andrea’s Murder at Half moon Gate arrived, I want to dive right into it, but am reading Anne Gracie’s new book. What’s a Wenchfan to do when she has a plethora of Wenchwerks to choose from?!?

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  19. BTW, my trade paperback copy if Andrea’s Murder at Half moon Gate arrived, I want to dive right into it, but am reading Anne Gracie’s new book. What’s a Wenchfan to do when she has a plethora of Wenchwerks to choose from?!?

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  20. BTW, my trade paperback copy if Andrea’s Murder at Half moon Gate arrived, I want to dive right into it, but am reading Anne Gracie’s new book. What’s a Wenchfan to do when she has a plethora of Wenchwerks to choose from?!?

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  21. I am pretty much a shut-in these days. I believe that personal contact is much more fulfilling. But I must also applaud the internet and social media for allowing social contact and the support of friends when it is needed.

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  22. I am pretty much a shut-in these days. I believe that personal contact is much more fulfilling. But I must also applaud the internet and social media for allowing social contact and the support of friends when it is needed.

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  23. I am pretty much a shut-in these days. I believe that personal contact is much more fulfilling. But I must also applaud the internet and social media for allowing social contact and the support of friends when it is needed.

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  24. I am pretty much a shut-in these days. I believe that personal contact is much more fulfilling. But I must also applaud the internet and social media for allowing social contact and the support of friends when it is needed.

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  25. I am pretty much a shut-in these days. I believe that personal contact is much more fulfilling. But I must also applaud the internet and social media for allowing social contact and the support of friends when it is needed.

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  26. How wonderful that so many of you were able to spend some fun and valuable time together.
    I’ve belonged to two great book groups. I left one after eight years when I moved (but they’re still going strong seventeen years later). I’ve been with my current group over five years now.
    I meet another group of women monthly; we work on various art projects. Some paint, others draw, some make prints; I’m usually the one doodling, but they keep me anyway!
    What fun to see Mah-jongg mentioned above; I just started playing three weeks ago at my local adult center. I’m definitely a beginner, but I’m learning.
    Tuscany sounds like a fantastic place to get together with a good group of friends. I’d happily go there; alternatively, it might be fun to cruise the Alaskan inside passage with my book group.

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  27. How wonderful that so many of you were able to spend some fun and valuable time together.
    I’ve belonged to two great book groups. I left one after eight years when I moved (but they’re still going strong seventeen years later). I’ve been with my current group over five years now.
    I meet another group of women monthly; we work on various art projects. Some paint, others draw, some make prints; I’m usually the one doodling, but they keep me anyway!
    What fun to see Mah-jongg mentioned above; I just started playing three weeks ago at my local adult center. I’m definitely a beginner, but I’m learning.
    Tuscany sounds like a fantastic place to get together with a good group of friends. I’d happily go there; alternatively, it might be fun to cruise the Alaskan inside passage with my book group.

    Reply
  28. How wonderful that so many of you were able to spend some fun and valuable time together.
    I’ve belonged to two great book groups. I left one after eight years when I moved (but they’re still going strong seventeen years later). I’ve been with my current group over five years now.
    I meet another group of women monthly; we work on various art projects. Some paint, others draw, some make prints; I’m usually the one doodling, but they keep me anyway!
    What fun to see Mah-jongg mentioned above; I just started playing three weeks ago at my local adult center. I’m definitely a beginner, but I’m learning.
    Tuscany sounds like a fantastic place to get together with a good group of friends. I’d happily go there; alternatively, it might be fun to cruise the Alaskan inside passage with my book group.

    Reply
  29. How wonderful that so many of you were able to spend some fun and valuable time together.
    I’ve belonged to two great book groups. I left one after eight years when I moved (but they’re still going strong seventeen years later). I’ve been with my current group over five years now.
    I meet another group of women monthly; we work on various art projects. Some paint, others draw, some make prints; I’m usually the one doodling, but they keep me anyway!
    What fun to see Mah-jongg mentioned above; I just started playing three weeks ago at my local adult center. I’m definitely a beginner, but I’m learning.
    Tuscany sounds like a fantastic place to get together with a good group of friends. I’d happily go there; alternatively, it might be fun to cruise the Alaskan inside passage with my book group.

    Reply
  30. How wonderful that so many of you were able to spend some fun and valuable time together.
    I’ve belonged to two great book groups. I left one after eight years when I moved (but they’re still going strong seventeen years later). I’ve been with my current group over five years now.
    I meet another group of women monthly; we work on various art projects. Some paint, others draw, some make prints; I’m usually the one doodling, but they keep me anyway!
    What fun to see Mah-jongg mentioned above; I just started playing three weeks ago at my local adult center. I’m definitely a beginner, but I’m learning.
    Tuscany sounds like a fantastic place to get together with a good group of friends. I’d happily go there; alternatively, it might be fun to cruise the Alaskan inside passage with my book group.

    Reply
  31. I have two groups I am close to
    The first one is made up of leavers from a “religious cult” I was born into. Some of us meet annually either in the US, UK or Germany for an intense and happy weekend. The rest of the year we have several online closed and open chat groups to share our progress in life, support and guide each other. The ages range from 80+ to 18 and we are scattered around the world. The internet has been a wonderful way to keep in touch.
    The other group is local and made up of folks I met at my grief support meetings after losing my husband just over 3 years ago. There are 6 of us who have bonded and meet at least once a week usually at a restaurant. We all come from different backgrounds but all lost our spouse about the same time. We get along so well and are usually the loudest table, laugh the most and our topics have a wide range, Our ages range from 75-56 – one young man the rest are his “big sisters” We are so happy that we found each other and that the connection is so good. The support we give each other is the best.

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  32. I have two groups I am close to
    The first one is made up of leavers from a “religious cult” I was born into. Some of us meet annually either in the US, UK or Germany for an intense and happy weekend. The rest of the year we have several online closed and open chat groups to share our progress in life, support and guide each other. The ages range from 80+ to 18 and we are scattered around the world. The internet has been a wonderful way to keep in touch.
    The other group is local and made up of folks I met at my grief support meetings after losing my husband just over 3 years ago. There are 6 of us who have bonded and meet at least once a week usually at a restaurant. We all come from different backgrounds but all lost our spouse about the same time. We get along so well and are usually the loudest table, laugh the most and our topics have a wide range, Our ages range from 75-56 – one young man the rest are his “big sisters” We are so happy that we found each other and that the connection is so good. The support we give each other is the best.

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  33. I have two groups I am close to
    The first one is made up of leavers from a “religious cult” I was born into. Some of us meet annually either in the US, UK or Germany for an intense and happy weekend. The rest of the year we have several online closed and open chat groups to share our progress in life, support and guide each other. The ages range from 80+ to 18 and we are scattered around the world. The internet has been a wonderful way to keep in touch.
    The other group is local and made up of folks I met at my grief support meetings after losing my husband just over 3 years ago. There are 6 of us who have bonded and meet at least once a week usually at a restaurant. We all come from different backgrounds but all lost our spouse about the same time. We get along so well and are usually the loudest table, laugh the most and our topics have a wide range, Our ages range from 75-56 – one young man the rest are his “big sisters” We are so happy that we found each other and that the connection is so good. The support we give each other is the best.

    Reply
  34. I have two groups I am close to
    The first one is made up of leavers from a “religious cult” I was born into. Some of us meet annually either in the US, UK or Germany for an intense and happy weekend. The rest of the year we have several online closed and open chat groups to share our progress in life, support and guide each other. The ages range from 80+ to 18 and we are scattered around the world. The internet has been a wonderful way to keep in touch.
    The other group is local and made up of folks I met at my grief support meetings after losing my husband just over 3 years ago. There are 6 of us who have bonded and meet at least once a week usually at a restaurant. We all come from different backgrounds but all lost our spouse about the same time. We get along so well and are usually the loudest table, laugh the most and our topics have a wide range, Our ages range from 75-56 – one young man the rest are his “big sisters” We are so happy that we found each other and that the connection is so good. The support we give each other is the best.

    Reply
  35. I have two groups I am close to
    The first one is made up of leavers from a “religious cult” I was born into. Some of us meet annually either in the US, UK or Germany for an intense and happy weekend. The rest of the year we have several online closed and open chat groups to share our progress in life, support and guide each other. The ages range from 80+ to 18 and we are scattered around the world. The internet has been a wonderful way to keep in touch.
    The other group is local and made up of folks I met at my grief support meetings after losing my husband just over 3 years ago. There are 6 of us who have bonded and meet at least once a week usually at a restaurant. We all come from different backgrounds but all lost our spouse about the same time. We get along so well and are usually the loudest table, laugh the most and our topics have a wide range, Our ages range from 75-56 – one young man the rest are his “big sisters” We are so happy that we found each other and that the connection is so good. The support we give each other is the best.

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  36. Kareni, sounds like you lots of great connections going! I love the idea of an art group. The energy of creativity is inspiring in itself.
    We all did have a great time together and hope to get the full complement of Wenches next time.
    Hmmm on the Alaskan cruise. That’s where Nicola was, and you’ll hear of her adventures shortly!

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  37. Kareni, sounds like you lots of great connections going! I love the idea of an art group. The energy of creativity is inspiring in itself.
    We all did have a great time together and hope to get the full complement of Wenches next time.
    Hmmm on the Alaskan cruise. That’s where Nicola was, and you’ll hear of her adventures shortly!

    Reply
  38. Kareni, sounds like you lots of great connections going! I love the idea of an art group. The energy of creativity is inspiring in itself.
    We all did have a great time together and hope to get the full complement of Wenches next time.
    Hmmm on the Alaskan cruise. That’s where Nicola was, and you’ll hear of her adventures shortly!

    Reply
  39. Kareni, sounds like you lots of great connections going! I love the idea of an art group. The energy of creativity is inspiring in itself.
    We all did have a great time together and hope to get the full complement of Wenches next time.
    Hmmm on the Alaskan cruise. That’s where Nicola was, and you’ll hear of her adventures shortly!

    Reply
  40. Kareni, sounds like you lots of great connections going! I love the idea of an art group. The energy of creativity is inspiring in itself.
    We all did have a great time together and hope to get the full complement of Wenches next time.
    Hmmm on the Alaskan cruise. That’s where Nicola was, and you’ll hear of her adventures shortly!

    Reply
  41. I think it must be a marvelous thing to have friends that you can meet up with. I don’t really have any friends anymore.Looking after my daughter and then my mother didn’t leave much free time. I had two good friends who I helped out a lot when they had difficult times but when things settled for them they just seemed to fade away.
    Oh well at least I have family.
    Great to see ye all enjoying time together AND planning new books for us to read. I can’t wait for Andrea’s new one. I have the previous two, (courtesy of Andrea actually), and I love!! the series.

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  42. I think it must be a marvelous thing to have friends that you can meet up with. I don’t really have any friends anymore.Looking after my daughter and then my mother didn’t leave much free time. I had two good friends who I helped out a lot when they had difficult times but when things settled for them they just seemed to fade away.
    Oh well at least I have family.
    Great to see ye all enjoying time together AND planning new books for us to read. I can’t wait for Andrea’s new one. I have the previous two, (courtesy of Andrea actually), and I love!! the series.

    Reply
  43. I think it must be a marvelous thing to have friends that you can meet up with. I don’t really have any friends anymore.Looking after my daughter and then my mother didn’t leave much free time. I had two good friends who I helped out a lot when they had difficult times but when things settled for them they just seemed to fade away.
    Oh well at least I have family.
    Great to see ye all enjoying time together AND planning new books for us to read. I can’t wait for Andrea’s new one. I have the previous two, (courtesy of Andrea actually), and I love!! the series.

    Reply
  44. I think it must be a marvelous thing to have friends that you can meet up with. I don’t really have any friends anymore.Looking after my daughter and then my mother didn’t leave much free time. I had two good friends who I helped out a lot when they had difficult times but when things settled for them they just seemed to fade away.
    Oh well at least I have family.
    Great to see ye all enjoying time together AND planning new books for us to read. I can’t wait for Andrea’s new one. I have the previous two, (courtesy of Andrea actually), and I love!! the series.

    Reply
  45. I think it must be a marvelous thing to have friends that you can meet up with. I don’t really have any friends anymore.Looking after my daughter and then my mother didn’t leave much free time. I had two good friends who I helped out a lot when they had difficult times but when things settled for them they just seemed to fade away.
    Oh well at least I have family.
    Great to see ye all enjoying time together AND planning new books for us to read. I can’t wait for Andrea’s new one. I have the previous two, (courtesy of Andrea actually), and I love!! the series.

    Reply
  46. I belong to a knitting group that meets once a month; in fact we will be meeting this coming Saturday. It is so much fun as we get to share our projects and ideas, get new ideas, and help for our problems. And obviously, a dream vacation would involve knitting with like-minded folks, somewhere with a knitting tradition!

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  47. I belong to a knitting group that meets once a month; in fact we will be meeting this coming Saturday. It is so much fun as we get to share our projects and ideas, get new ideas, and help for our problems. And obviously, a dream vacation would involve knitting with like-minded folks, somewhere with a knitting tradition!

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  48. I belong to a knitting group that meets once a month; in fact we will be meeting this coming Saturday. It is so much fun as we get to share our projects and ideas, get new ideas, and help for our problems. And obviously, a dream vacation would involve knitting with like-minded folks, somewhere with a knitting tradition!

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  49. I belong to a knitting group that meets once a month; in fact we will be meeting this coming Saturday. It is so much fun as we get to share our projects and ideas, get new ideas, and help for our problems. And obviously, a dream vacation would involve knitting with like-minded folks, somewhere with a knitting tradition!

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  50. I belong to a knitting group that meets once a month; in fact we will be meeting this coming Saturday. It is so much fun as we get to share our projects and ideas, get new ideas, and help for our problems. And obviously, a dream vacation would involve knitting with like-minded folks, somewhere with a knitting tradition!

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  51. Teresa, in this hectic and complicated world, friendships sometimes get lost in the shuffle and need a little nudge. Maybe suggest to your two friends that you all get together for tea or coffee. They may be embarrassed that they haven’t called.
    Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so glad you are enjoying Wrexford and Sloane!

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  52. Teresa, in this hectic and complicated world, friendships sometimes get lost in the shuffle and need a little nudge. Maybe suggest to your two friends that you all get together for tea or coffee. They may be embarrassed that they haven’t called.
    Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so glad you are enjoying Wrexford and Sloane!

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  53. Teresa, in this hectic and complicated world, friendships sometimes get lost in the shuffle and need a little nudge. Maybe suggest to your two friends that you all get together for tea or coffee. They may be embarrassed that they haven’t called.
    Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so glad you are enjoying Wrexford and Sloane!

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  54. Teresa, in this hectic and complicated world, friendships sometimes get lost in the shuffle and need a little nudge. Maybe suggest to your two friends that you all get together for tea or coffee. They may be embarrassed that they haven’t called.
    Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so glad you are enjoying Wrexford and Sloane!

    Reply
  55. Teresa, in this hectic and complicated world, friendships sometimes get lost in the shuffle and need a little nudge. Maybe suggest to your two friends that you all get together for tea or coffee. They may be embarrassed that they haven’t called.
    Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so glad you are enjoying Wrexford and Sloane!

    Reply
  56. She won’t be making it, so I’ll probably call her every night to see how she progressed in her agenda. Her husband passed and she wants to write a book that sets his life in historical perspective. Since it is 4 years since he passed, I’m encouraging her to do it now while there is still interest in his life. Then after that she can start exploring her fictional worlds. Neither one of us drink alcohol, but as long as I have unsweetened iced tea, or a latte, my muse will be well caffeinated. She only drinks water for health purposes. She love historical mysteries, so I’m hoping to introduce her to your series.

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  57. She won’t be making it, so I’ll probably call her every night to see how she progressed in her agenda. Her husband passed and she wants to write a book that sets his life in historical perspective. Since it is 4 years since he passed, I’m encouraging her to do it now while there is still interest in his life. Then after that she can start exploring her fictional worlds. Neither one of us drink alcohol, but as long as I have unsweetened iced tea, or a latte, my muse will be well caffeinated. She only drinks water for health purposes. She love historical mysteries, so I’m hoping to introduce her to your series.

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  58. She won’t be making it, so I’ll probably call her every night to see how she progressed in her agenda. Her husband passed and she wants to write a book that sets his life in historical perspective. Since it is 4 years since he passed, I’m encouraging her to do it now while there is still interest in his life. Then after that she can start exploring her fictional worlds. Neither one of us drink alcohol, but as long as I have unsweetened iced tea, or a latte, my muse will be well caffeinated. She only drinks water for health purposes. She love historical mysteries, so I’m hoping to introduce her to your series.

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  59. She won’t be making it, so I’ll probably call her every night to see how she progressed in her agenda. Her husband passed and she wants to write a book that sets his life in historical perspective. Since it is 4 years since he passed, I’m encouraging her to do it now while there is still interest in his life. Then after that she can start exploring her fictional worlds. Neither one of us drink alcohol, but as long as I have unsweetened iced tea, or a latte, my muse will be well caffeinated. She only drinks water for health purposes. She love historical mysteries, so I’m hoping to introduce her to your series.

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  60. She won’t be making it, so I’ll probably call her every night to see how she progressed in her agenda. Her husband passed and she wants to write a book that sets his life in historical perspective. Since it is 4 years since he passed, I’m encouraging her to do it now while there is still interest in his life. Then after that she can start exploring her fictional worlds. Neither one of us drink alcohol, but as long as I have unsweetened iced tea, or a latte, my muse will be well caffeinated. She only drinks water for health purposes. She love historical mysteries, so I’m hoping to introduce her to your series.

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  61. Alas, Life doesn’t always let plans go smoothly, but that’s where technology is a blessing. Being able to talk through ideas, even if it’s not in person, is magical, and I’m sure your encouragement on the book about her husband will be a big inspiration to her.
    Have fun! And thanks again for your kind words about my mysteries.

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  62. Alas, Life doesn’t always let plans go smoothly, but that’s where technology is a blessing. Being able to talk through ideas, even if it’s not in person, is magical, and I’m sure your encouragement on the book about her husband will be a big inspiration to her.
    Have fun! And thanks again for your kind words about my mysteries.

    Reply
  63. Alas, Life doesn’t always let plans go smoothly, but that’s where technology is a blessing. Being able to talk through ideas, even if it’s not in person, is magical, and I’m sure your encouragement on the book about her husband will be a big inspiration to her.
    Have fun! And thanks again for your kind words about my mysteries.

    Reply
  64. Alas, Life doesn’t always let plans go smoothly, but that’s where technology is a blessing. Being able to talk through ideas, even if it’s not in person, is magical, and I’m sure your encouragement on the book about her husband will be a big inspiration to her.
    Have fun! And thanks again for your kind words about my mysteries.

    Reply
  65. Alas, Life doesn’t always let plans go smoothly, but that’s where technology is a blessing. Being able to talk through ideas, even if it’s not in person, is magical, and I’m sure your encouragement on the book about her husband will be a big inspiration to her.
    Have fun! And thanks again for your kind words about my mysteries.

    Reply
  66. I love seeing you all together. Lovely friends and wonderful writers. It’s really nice to see friendships like yours. It’s inspiring.
    Peace and love to all. I’m glad you had a great time.

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  67. I love seeing you all together. Lovely friends and wonderful writers. It’s really nice to see friendships like yours. It’s inspiring.
    Peace and love to all. I’m glad you had a great time.

    Reply
  68. I love seeing you all together. Lovely friends and wonderful writers. It’s really nice to see friendships like yours. It’s inspiring.
    Peace and love to all. I’m glad you had a great time.

    Reply
  69. I love seeing you all together. Lovely friends and wonderful writers. It’s really nice to see friendships like yours. It’s inspiring.
    Peace and love to all. I’m glad you had a great time.

    Reply
  70. I love seeing you all together. Lovely friends and wonderful writers. It’s really nice to see friendships like yours. It’s inspiring.
    Peace and love to all. I’m glad you had a great time.

    Reply

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