But All My Friends Are Doing It!! by Maggie McGinnis
In the world of romance writing, there was one place to be last week: Atlanta, where the entire romance publishing industry gathered for our national conference. So I was there, right?
Despite conniving and bribery and more than a little pouting, I was unable to convince my dear husband that Nationals was more important than our children having, well, food and water and supervision for the week.
The weeks before conference reminded me of the summer after 4th grade when all of my friends were heading to fabulous places like Water Slide World, the ocean, and Disney. But where was I going? To an island where the skunks and raccoons outnumbered the humans, and the mosquitoes were the size of helicopters. No electricity, no refrigerator, no walls, no floor. I was convinced I had the cruelest parents in the known universe.
To my utter consternation, they were right when they said we’d actually like it there. We didn’t get sprayed by skunks, didn’t catch malaria, and after the raccoons ate Mom’s spaghetti, they feared us way more than we feared them. That week, I discovered gin rummy, fossil-hunting, and campfire songs. I inhaled Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and an awful lot of Oreos. And best of all, I discovered the joy of just being with my family doing, well, nothing much at all.
This summer, my kiddos are making a strong case for the water park, the ocean, or (of course) Disney. But guess where we’re vacationing next month?
You got it.
We’re unplugging from the world and back into each other. We’re going camping.
How about you? What kinds of memories are you making this summer?
About the Author:
Maggie started writing when her twins were infants and she was desperately seeking sanity. The fact that she found it only with imaginary people makes her a bit concerned, but at least they do what she tells them to … usually.
She lives in New England, though she spends an inordinate amount of time on Arizona real estate sites in mid-January. While snow piles up to her windowsills, she cyber-stalks the blue skies and pink houses of the Southwest. It’s cheaper than therapy …
She’s a former English teacher, a certified black belt, and is hoping someday her writing can support her pen addiction. Her debut novel, DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE, was a 2011 Golden Heart® finalist, and she’ll never forget her princess-for-a-week stint in NYC with her Starcatcher sisters!
Maggie belongs to Romance Writers of America, and is thoroughly grateful to her wonderful agent and fabulous writer-gal friends for making this journey so much fun!
She’s just hoping that one of these days, her family will understand …
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