I am delighted to be attending a 3 day conference not too far from home. Today promised a hint of the fun to come. Our table companions were delightful and a few new professional tricks are tucked away. No matter what your passion is, being around a group of others who share it energizes the soul. All of us had a different focus, equally enthralled with our favorite genre. New writers sit in awe with many questions for their new peers. This was a comforting reminder of the progress I have personally made over the last few years. Without the ability to ask questions, and have writers answer, my craft might not have continued to grow when I was discouraged. Most writers are the supreme example of professional generosity, truly desiring to share their knowledge with those who want to learn. I am blessed to be part of this world and endeavor to work hard this year, spend more time devoted to writing, and think big. One day, I too, will share my experience with fledgling writers. Comforting their fears – never forgetting the nudging of my own mentors. It’s a good place to be, and I plan to soak up every moment.