Every December, one of my critique groups has a holiday party instead of our regular meeting. We share good food and a few small gifts. In place of things to critique, we share stories or poems with a winter or holiday theme.
I can recall past year's, where Kathy M. shared written images of her horse Chance trotting through the snow and Josephine told stories of life in
. El Dorado, Arkansas
This year, microbiologist Michele passed around enhanced pictures of cells that rivaled a light show, and illustrator Christina shared the beautiful work that always keeps her busy with deadlines.
showed us the book she worked on that will come out next month and Josephine
wrote a moving essay on the true spirit of Christmas. But mostly, we shared
camaraderie and friendship. Tracy
|Leadenhall Market, London, Christmas 1935. http://spitalfieldslife.com/2012/09/28/the-markets-of-old-london/|
This group of writers and illustrators has become a group of great friends, without whose insight and encouragement my writing would not be what it is. This seems like a good time to thank them all for the wisdom they shared over the years. Thanks, friends, and Merry Christmas!
And to all of you blog friends, I wish a happy holiday, in whatever way you choose to celebrate.
May 2015 be a good year for all my friends!