I can't believe how competitive I am! Whatever happened to quiet Darlene? The Darlene who has multiple writing awards but never walked into a competition with anything but an attitude of: well, it's frosting on the cake. I've competed at dog shows and won. Not me personally: the dog. Although I do think we need to take back the word Bitch. It's a noun after all.
The Red Room announced the Housewarming Party and it took me awhile to get around to reading about it. That's nice, I thought. And then I read the description of the First Prize: a trip to San Francisco, an opportunity to dine with famous authors and, be still my heart, meet some of the Red Room staff! I love my online interactions with everyone here. How could I not get excited at the prospect of a face-to-face meeting?!
The Red Room started in San Francisco, it's based there in a real building. Some of the Red Room online authors know each other and get to hang out together. Here I sit, three thousand miles away, daydreaming of a brief moment in time when I, too, could hang out with these wonderful, creative, warm and welcoming people.
How much do I want to win? Let's just say that I nearly got myself thrown off a list for dog show enthusiasts when I asked them to surf over. Hmmm, maybe I should have told them in terms they would really have understood: I want to be Winners Bitch! I want a Group One. And, dammit, I want to be Best in Show!
Causes Darlene Arden Supports
The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation