Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Fun - #CocktailFriday

Pink Heart Society regular columnist Barbara Wallace is talking about the importance of support in the writing community, and #CocktailFriday! 

I'm not a huge drinker, but I'll be the first to admit I enjoy wrapping up the work week with an adult beverage.  There's nothing like kicking back with a glass of wine (or margarita in the summer) and celebrating the fact I survived another five days as a writer.  

Let's face it - those of us in this profession can use as many reasons to celebrate as possible.

This post, however, isn't about cocktails on Friday.  

It's about #CocktailFriday.

#CocktailFriday is the keyword some of my fellow writers and I created for when we gather online and toast a week well done.  Search for it and you're liable to find at least one or two writers raising a cyber glass.  

Feel free to join in.  

We're an open and friendly crew.  Invite your friends and toast with them.  The more the merrier, I say.

The tradition began about a year ago during a time when several of us were slogging toward deadlines.  After a week of pushing each other through #1k1hr drills, we decided a break was in order, and so we agreed to meet online at 9pm EST with a drink in hand.  For fifteen minutes or so, we tweeted about how we thought the week would never end.  

It was cathartic.  

We all felt a little less alone in our deadline struggles.

Which brings me to the real point of this post.  #CocktailFriday isn't about cocktails.  It's about support.  I don't have to tell you that writing is a solitary business.  When we have a long week, we don't colleagues sitting nearby to bond with.  We do, however, have social media.  Moments like #CocktailFriday help us connect with our friends, even if only for fifteen minutes.

#CocktailFriday - tonight at 9 PM EST.  I look forward to saying hello.

When Barbara Wallace isn't touting Twitter cocktail gatherings, she writes sweet romances.  Despite the fact that her last two Pink Heart Society blogs mentioned drinks, that she is not a lush. Her next title is June's A Millionaire for Cinderella:

You shall get your happy ending!

Patience Rush has never wanted a knight in shining armor. She's perfectly happy cooking and cleaning for her elderly charge. Here Patience feels safe, secure and protected for the first time ever.

Until rich and incredibly gorgeous Stuart Duchenko arrives, determined to figure out his great-aunt's unlikely housekeeper! He's sure Patience is hiding something…but what?

Except as this unlikely pair grows closer, Patience realizes that letting go of her past might be the key to a blissful future with Stuart…
For more information about Barbara, check out her website!  And you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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