How generous people are with supportive remarks
I heard all manner of kind words over the weekend. The yet-to-be published congratulating others on book deals, praise over portfolios and pirate costumes, and some humbling souls telling me I had made them feel truly welcome.
How much variety there was for everyone who came
After so many years of attending, I my expectation was to enjoy seeing my friends and may be pick up the odd trifle. I’ve come back with a treasure chest full, far too stuffed to unbox here. I wasn’t alone in taking home plunder – newbies or old hands found plenty to hoard.
How charitable people are
One of my roles was to encourage the buying of emergency eye-patches. At the end of the evening I was thrilled to hand over £120 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
How tolerant people can be
I had brought a set of photo cards I’d made with an offer for SCBWI members at my little retreat/B&B at The Witterings. I was rather shy about blatant self-promotion – but people were kind and took them.
How well worth the effort volunteering is
You get to meet fabulous people, get smiled at a lot and feel you’re giving at least something back to a cause you believe in. As, at heart, quite a shy person, it’s great to have something else to think about than nerves.
How heavy that cake is!
I helped get the edifice in the taxi after the Pirate Cruncher had had a go at it.