A couple of weeks ago it was meeting friends, Maria and Patsy.
Then this Friday is was the Leicester chapter meeting of the RNA (Romantic Novelists Association). There were a few recognisable faces from online, but also a number of people who I'd never met, or may have only seen or heard of their books, plus one very familiar face, Maria Smith.
I didn't take my camera, but there may be a photo on Maria's blog later this week.
It was one of those mornings when if something can go wrong, it will go wrong.
Having stopped to deal with an urgent phone call, it was a quick walk to the nearest tram stop. Unfortunately I was only half way along the footpath when the tram I'd intended to get pulled up at the station and then left.
9 minutes to the next tram. I'd probably miss the London train that would get me to Leicester with time to spare. The next train would be another half hour...
I'm one of those people who always allows extra time to get lost- if visiting somewhere I've never been before. I'd rather arrive twenty minutes early than twenty minutes late.
Fortunately the tram didn't break down- it does happen, and as it stops above the railway station, I was buying my train ticket within two minutes of arriving. And then down to the platform with the train waiting and five minutes to spare - phew!
That train was busy as it was one coach short- the one with the unreserved seats, but I found an empty seat that was only reserved from my destination, so thankfully I didn't have to stand.
As I had clear directions from the station I was only a little early, so all that worry for nothing. I'll be much better organised next time.
|Back to work...|
There are a number of RNA chapters across the country, each with their own style of meetings, so if you write romance and are interested, have a look here.
You can also read the RNA blog. The current interviewee Claire Harvey, also attended the Writing Historical Fiction workshop that I went to earlier in the year. Hearing her read then, I'm not surprised she was announced as the 2016 winner of the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers.
Now, I need to get back to the work in progress, and hopefully a calmer few weeks...
image courtesy of aechan & www.freedigitalphotos.net