Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Association Update

Well, over the past couple days I've learned some things. First, BookEnds had a quite timely post IMO, wherein they state unequivocally that RWA isn't just for romance anymore, followed by a post in which they say it again and underscore it by talking about a RWA writer who SO isn't romance that no one could have any doubts about it. Additionally the gals at BookEnds mentioned a couple things that really got my attention:

- There are online chapters of the RWA.

- There just happens to be an online chapter devoted to writers of mystery and suspense (with romantic elements of course) called Kiss of Death.

So now my only quandry is how to squeeze $135 ($100 for RWA and $35 for KOD) out of my budget. If my used book sales weren't tragically off this year, I'd have the money. Maybe I could have a yard sale, or a bake sale... Panhandling, anyone?

But seriously, I know KOD has a program to help writers who financially can't swing the $35 but there are people in more serious need than me. I'm not destitute; I'm just a tightwad who's sticking to a very tight budget. That's why I sell used books, for petesakes.

*sigh* I suppose I could cut back on the book purchases for a while... and stop buying beverages at the Conoco every morning. (FUZE: Vitalize is awesome, btw.) If I could do that, I'd have the membership fees in no time. I guess it's all a matter of priorities.

Give me a month, and we'll see. If I take the leap into membership, I'll let y'all know.



Travis Erwin said...

I've been meaning to join RWA for several years and just haven't gotten around to it. But I will one of these days.

JenWriter said...

I'm a member of RWA, and I don't write romance any way you look at it. Well, all my novels have a romantic subplot, but that's not the main plot. I joined to be a member of online chapters, get the agency emails, add it to my queries and attend Nationals. But...I'm not doing that until next year when it's held closer to me.

Anyway, I've enjoyed being a member. I hope to take advantage of the NY chapter soon, but I have to work up the nerve to be the newbie in the room.