This month I attended my very first writer's event. The SCBWI Christmas party.
Of course, I was late. I missed the New Members Get-together and when I entered the room full of members, everyone was neatly seated and listening to the MC run through the agenda. They all looked like they were life-long besties and proper-job writers.
What the hell was I doing there? What a fool.
No sooner had those thoughts crossed my mind when a smiling stranger waved me over to sit beside her. And that was it. I had a brilliant and inspiring time listening to an editor from a big publishing house and to a couple of awesome illustrators. I spoke to friendly authors who didn't at all seem to mind hanging out with an aspiring wannabe.
And then there were the miniature smoked salmon bagels.... Mmm, a perfect afternoon.