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Does your writing style change depending upon the season? On rainy days I feel like snuggling in, and focusing inward. The warm summer nights draw me outside. Well, unless it gets too hot. As we head into fall, I’m looking forward to some of the events we have planned in the coming months.
This summer, I attended four conferences: RT in Kansas City, RWA Nationals in Atlanta, Authors After Dark (AAD) in Savannah, and the Entangled Publishing conference, which was held in Las Vegas. After finishing up back-to-back two weeks on the road, I gave a HUGE sigh of relief to be home … and for a while. There also comes a twinge of sadness, though. In last month’s column, I talked about hanging with those faraway friends, who really I only get to see at conference. And then you know what I thought about?
The OCC/RWA Birthday Bash!
Whoo-hoo. OK, so it’s not all going to be bad, right? I have an inspiring weekend in October coming up. We’ve talked about it at the meetings, and have been doing some major planning behind the scenes as well. With the Masquerade theme, we’ve planned a special menu, and decorations. If you haven’t yet, make sure to sign up and reserve your space. The date – October 12. For information on prizes, reservations and pajama parties, check out our website OCC/RWA.
In the next few months, we have some exciting speakers planned such as our own Beth Yarnall and Debra Mullins in November. Debra is taking on a new genre – paranormal –with her upcoming release. Then in December, get ready for Sascha Illyvich, who’ll be talking male point of view. If you’ve been attending meetings the last few years, some may remember Sascha visiting in a kilt. Yes, it’s a whole different view of romance!
Our programs directors Nikki Prince and Carol Persinger have been working like mad and filling the slots for speakers in 2014. Honestly, we’re just about all booked up and started looking toward early 2015 (if you have a request, get it in!) I’m excited to see some member-authors such as Jennifer Apodaca, who’ll be talking tropes, come in. If that’s not enough, we also two special events planned – Angela James from Carina Press in January and wordsmith guru Michael Hague in March.
So hold onto to those creative energies the next few months as we head into fall and winter. It’s time to end this year on a high note.

— Louisa Bacio
OCC/RWA Chapter President

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