I spent the past weekend near Cincinnati for RAGT 2013. Over the years, I’ve come to know what to expect when I go to these types of events and I look forward to seeing familiar faces as well as meeting new ones.
At this one, I took a couple of hours on one evening to spend some time with a dear friend I haven’t seen in quite some time.
Though her eyes, I got a chance to step back and look at the word I’ve become comfortable in with new eyes again. I was reminded that the women (and men) who were in attendance were more than just authors, readers, and industry professionals. We were truly a community, brought together by our common love of books.
At every meal, every event, in every corner of the lobby, you could hear people sharing their love of one author or another. They were talking about this latest release or that.
Those who hadn’t seen each other in months (or maybe a year) warmly embraced, strangers became quick friends. Yes, this was more than just a get together, or a conference, it was a community, sharing their passion for books and reading with each other. (I can’t think of another community where winning a basket full of books would elicit such squeals of glee.)
And this community is one I’m so proud to be a part of. Over the years, I’ve met the most wonderful, supportive women. I’ve made lifelong friends, and my life is oh-so-enhanced for having them in my life.
…and I’m already looking forward to next year.