Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Denny's Chicks or My Writing Critique Group

This past weekend was the Denny's Chicks' Annual Potluck Holiday Party. What? you say. Isn't it January? Yes, yes, but we were all so busy during December that we put off our get-together until the new year.

The Denny's Chicks' Annual Potlock Holiday Party is the one time of year when we force our husbands to hang out with all of us at the same time. We drag them out for an evening of good food, good drink, good conversation (of course!) with four talented and cute authors (that's us!).

Interestingly enough, over the years, the husbands have gotten chattier and chattier. For the first time ever, the party went past midnight!

By the end of the evening, the Denny's Chicks chose the saying on Mr. Summy's t-shirt as our theme!


Here's a very blurry photo of the Denny's Chicks. Left to right, it's me, Kathy Krevat, Stacey Goldblatt, Kelly Hayes. Stacey, author of the YA novels STRAY and GIRL TO THE CORE (published by Delacorte Press/Random House), joined us in September. We love her to death! (Despite her scary, feral eyes! Kidding.)

If you've been following this blog, you may have a question about Denny's Chick Sandy Levin. Sandy is setting fiction writing aside to pursue other creative outlets, such as gorgeous work with glass. She was busy on the weekend, but was, of course, invited to the party. Because once a Denny's Chick, always a Dennys Chick! (Photo credit: Mr. Summy took this with my blackberry, following two cans of orange crush.)



Here's a photo of Stacey with normal eyes. This is the first time we met--at the San Diego Book Awards where her book, GIRL TO THE CORE, won an award!!!


Disclaimer: Our critique group actually meets at Panera's now, not Denny's.

Kathy, thank you for hosting the holiday party!

I'm wondering if we should start having a mid-year party...


10 comments:

Kathy Holmes said...

Oh, that is so special! I need a Denney's Chicks group. :) This year Christmas has been spilling into January and it's turning out to be the best part - maybe cuz it's quieter.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Aren't you glad you made the time to get together?

Sarah Laurence said...

Love that t-shirt! It is fun having writing buddies. You look so happy.

Caryn Caldwell said...

I love, love, LOVE that shirt!!! And the group just sounds like a lot of fun. Sometimes we need to drag our husbands out and make them socialize, because they won't do it themselves otherwise. Well, mine won't, at least; I have to do it for him.

Barrie said...

Caryn, that shirt has certainly come in useful! And my husband is just like yours. If I don't plan it and drag him along, he'd just stay home.

Barrie said...

Sarah, it's a good group. I'd probably look even happier without the blur! :)

Barrie said...

Green Girl, I'm very glad we made the time. And it would've been so easy not to...

Barrie said...

Kathy--Oh yes, everyone should have a Denny's Chicks group! Are there critique groups you can check out where you live?

Lainey-Paney said...

Man, I need that shirt for my Hubby! ...just an 'in general' statement for the world to read!

Barrie said...

Lainey-paney: I totally hear you!