Posted by: Kerry Gans | December 19, 2017

Warm Words with Writer Friends

The holidays are a time of gathering in with friends and family. Some of us travel long distances to spend time with loved ones, others simply go next door. There is nothing quite so warm as the house of friends or family at the holidays.

This past weekend I went to a party hosted by author friend Donna Galanti. She lives in an old farmhouse, so her party always has a quaint, old-timey feel to it that makes it all the more homey. Writers flocked to her home and gathered by one of the many fireplaces to eat, drink, and be merry together.

I love my family Christmas gatherings, but getting together with writers is special. We chat about esoteric craft and business issues that no one outside our world understands. You know, the stuff that makes non-writers’ eyes glaze over while they nod and say, “Uh huh.” We talk about family and (non-writing) work and other outside pressures, as you would at any party, but it’s always got a writerly slant.

It’s always enjoyable and energizing to be with folks from your “tribe”. The people that “get” you even though you’re a bit of an outlier in society. Writers (at least this group of writers) are a very accepting bunch, with a “come-as-you-are” attitude that welcomes everyone who shows up with a good heart. It’s quite relaxing to have someplace to be who you are rather than who society says you should be.

I’m an introvert, so I always go to parties saying to myself, “I’ll only stay an hour.” And many times I do cut out early. At Donna’s house I stayed past 10 PM, and would have stayed longer if I hadn’t had an hour drive home. Catching up with writer friends, with their work and their lives, made the time fly. I hope it’s not another year before we get to see each other again!

I and the other writers here at the Author Chronicles wish you a happy and healthy holiday season. I hope you get to spend some time with those who lift you up, surrounded by the warmth of your tribe.


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