On Monday evening, I finally got to meet in person several members of the Codex Writers’ group who, until that time, I’d only met online. We met at the Aspen Social Club near Times Square, and by the time I arrived, most of them were already there: Lawrence M. Schoen and his wife Valerie, Alethea Kontis and her friend Leanna, and Mary Rodgers. We managed to score a table in the back by the virtual fireplace. I had a blast at the dinner. Mostly, I sat listening to everyone else–far more experienced than I–talk shop, joke around, tell war stories. It was an education for me and it was a heck of a lot of fun.
Alethea took some pictures, which she will hopefully post at some point. Everyone there was incredibly nice to me and made me feel at home and part of the group. Like a Real Writer. It still sounds unbelievable to me. I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to that.