My husband Duke decided we should have a party with creative people.
“Why not, ” I agreed and said, “Let’s call it a Gutsy Creative People Party.”
So we created a list of all our friends in Duke’s indie movie: The Down Home Alien Blues, my writer friends, PR friends, journalists, editors and so on.
Then my good friend Madeline Sharples, author of wrote a “My Gutsy Story” drove from Manhattan Beach to Orange County in the rain with her husband Bob. After reading her memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On, it was wonderful to meet her husband Bob. It’s strange how memoir writers know all about the author’s family, prior to meeting them in person.
I invited two of my SCWA (Southern California Writers Association) friends. Charla Spence, and Janis Thomas.
Here is Janis and her husband Alex, with Charla.
My friend Janis Thomas, had her novel, Something New, published by Penguin. I am thrilled for her.
Then Tom Blake, a former OC Register columnist, arrived with his friend Gretta. Tom still writes a column about dating over 50 for a local Dana Point, California newspaper, and was generous to host me at his deli, “Tutor and Spunky’s” in Dana Point in September. You can view photos here.
The actors had a good time, including Jay Mitsch, who is the lead man in The Down Home Alien Blues.
We had an amazing evening and here is my friend Dee Fitgerald and his wife, Mary. I met Dee from blogging. You can view his Dr. Eclectic blog here.
Dee also offered me the opportunity to speak at the MOAA (Military Officers Association of America) about my youngest son becoming a soldier. My son is on the top photo, far right.
A wonderful PR lady for authors, Jennifer Heinly, also attended, together with Pam Westcott, a freelance writer and their respective husbands.
Happy New Year to all my friends and may 2013 be the year you accomplish whatever you desire.
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