Renee: Sheesh! I don’t even know what to say. Am I sad to see RRT come to a close? Yes! Three years ago, one of our original members saw a need for those of us who were persuing publication to have a public forum. With her help we launched Romance Roundtable. During those three years we’ve seen writers come and writers move on. I have a quote written by Robin Perini on one of my taglines that says, “A successful writer is willing to do that which and unsuccessful writer is not willing to do”. When I first added that quote to my vocabulary it meant staying up late, rising early, sacrificing television shows and skippig dinners. All in all, it meant knowing when to say no. And as hard as it was to do it, the Tablers realized that we could no longer say yes to blog time when we needed to focus on personal writing time. In essence, a successful writer is willing to move on, to move forward.
So as we leave you with this final group post, know that we aren’t disappearing from the writing world, instead we are moving further into the writing world and hope to soon take it by storm!
Until then, blessings!
When we started the blog three years ago, I added my bio and works in progress and this little tidbit about me:
A Few of My Favorite Things:–Novels that touch my emotions so deeply that I’ll go without sleep just to finish them and still long for them never to end.
–Music that haunts my mind and my memory and takes me both on journeys to places far away and to places hidden deep within.
–Photographs that tell stories all their own and enliven my imagination with the possibilities of what could be if I simply believe in my dreams.
–Animals (especially dogs) who teach us by example about unconditional love and who teach us to respect every part, every breath of our Father’s creation.
and as we say goodbye (for now), I’ll add:
–Friends who stick by me through the hills and valleys of this road we’re all traveling together, who never let me lose faith in myself though the storms come, who take each little success and celebrate it as if it’s the biggest of dreams, who make memories with me to take into each new day, who teach me, encourage me, laugh with me, and love me just because I’m me.
Here’s to the Romance Roundtable writers and readers–I appreciate each and every one of you.
There are so many things about Romance Roundtable that I enjoyed and that I’ll miss! I loved seeing other points of view on so many topics. If I asked a question in my posts, I got a plethora of great answers full of wisdom and good old common sense.
There were great book reviews that have stacked my TBR pile to the ceiling. There were terrific ideas on what to write, how to write, and finding time to write…
Great posts on pets, day to day living, travel logs, publishing…
I enjoyed Caption Wednesday, Accountability Friday, Question of the Week, the Hunkalicious Hunks, not to mention my SURPRISE PARTY!!
And even though I’ll miss these posts, I’m really glad I got to be a part of a group filled with kind, good natured women who only wanted what’s best for ‘the girls’ on their blog. Thanks for including me. It means more to me then you know.
Terri:RRT began as an idea for me to grow as a writer with a group of warm, welcoming people who accepted me and encouraged my writing. From the language of flowers to the late Sam’s beer reviews and even to a half baked idea called Hunkalicious Friday, I was never told, “Impossible, you lack the talent to do this.” In fact, I was encouraged and supported to write more, grow more, and delve more into my creativity no matter how crazy the idea.
I may never be a published author, and RRT will end with this blog, but to harsh reality there are gems. I am a proud member of a wonderful group of writers and will cherish this membership forever.
If anyone had told me three years ago where I would be today, I would have laughed out loud. Writing for me was little more than a dream that I kept locked away in the deepest darkest corner of my mind. Then came the Avon contest, and a group of writers who decided they had had so much fun they wanted to keep going after the contest ended. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was a bonafide member of the Romance Roundtable, and I was writing! I still have the urge to pinch myself on occasion, and I still feel awed to be included in such a talented group of writers.
In the last three years I’ve grown as a writer. I’ve learned. I’ve laughed. I’ve had my butt kicked. And I’ve been offered any number of shoulders to cry on, no matter the crisis. To say I wouldn’t trade the last three years for anything is an understatement. To say it’s one of the greatest experiences of my life is also an understatement. So all that is left to say now is goodbye, and for that, I offer a few words from an unknown author: Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again!
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