Different Drummers

When my friend Carrie Cantor emailed me about going with her to a networking meeting of Professionals n Media (PIM), it sounded like a good idea, so I said yes. Carrie, who’s an editor, agent, and writer, thought it would be a great way to meet some new people outside our circle of writers — and she was right on target. The email invite from the group was witty and fun. We were asked to bring something for a potluck supper, relax, and mingle.

When we arrived, the evening was already in full swing. There was a buzz and energy that felt warm and inviting on a frosty winter’s eve. People were gathered in small clusters around an impressive spread: appetizers, main courses, side dishes — the works! Writers and media mavens not only know how to hit the keys or wield a pen, they also know how to cook — and they definitely enjoy a good nosh!

After we’d stuffed ourselves with lots of goodies and chatted a bit, we all gathered in a cozy, living room setting and introduced ourselves briefly one by one. What struck me instantly was how incredibly varied everyone’s backgrounds and projects were. There were filmmakers, a woman who was starting an online magazine about food, a freelance writer who writes a blog about animal welfare, a former actress who’s written a musical about Spinoza, a journalist who’s written a whole book about an iPhone app, a freelance reporter for a radio show, a market researcher, and a woman who’s just self-published a book and is now launching a venture to help others do the same. I could go on.

In the course of the evening I recognized a few people I knew, chatted with some others, talked about my book, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Mostly I mused about how much I love admire writers — especially their obsessive love of the things they write about and chameleon-like ability to adapt to change. Mingling, musing, munching, making contacts. A great way to spend a Friday evening, instead of cocooning at home. How about you? Are you getting out and about?

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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3 Responses to Different Drummers

  1. So glad you enjoyed the evening. PIM has been going strong for 5 years now. It always amazes me that each time we host a meeting, our speakers dazzle. It’s a fun group that loves to share information about writing and the media.

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