Wednesday, January 20, 2010

To Al Gore

Raise your glass to Al Gore, inventer of the Internet, stopper of Global warming, for without him, this never would've happened.



Okay, so that's 16 of the awesomest writers within a 50-mile radius. If you're not following these guys, you so should be.

Standing, L-R: L.T. Elliot, Mary Campbell, Nichole Giles, Alaina Evans, Elana Johnson (that's me), Angie Lofthouse, Carolyn Vawdrey, Michelle Argyle, Suzette Saxton, Windy Aphayrath

Kneeling: Jenn Wilks, Tess Hilmo, Ali Cross, Natalie Whipple

This amazing moment came after the awards ceremony. I'm telling you, this party brought the biggest smile to my face. So thank you, Al Gore, for inventing the Interwebs so we could "meet" online and then meet in RL. (And for those who are mathematicians, there's only 14 of us in the picture. But Jaime Theler was there and so was Kim Webb Reid. They had to leave early though. And Jenn Johannson was supposed to come, as was Danyelle Leafty. Maybe next time!)

Which writerly friends have you met in real life? Who do you want to meet?

More pics, just for fun:


(Yes, that's me with two different flavors of Ben & Jerry's. De-lish.)


(Me and girl kidlet handing out some schweet awards during the ceremony.)



(Jaime and L.T. Two of my favorite people, evah!)


(The loverly Suzette and Windy.)

53 comments:

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

Look like you a good time! :)

DL Hammons said...

Lokks like FUN...even without the party hats.

Jody Hedlund said...

How incredilby blessed you are to have such an awesome group of writers that you can get together with! Jealous! :-)

PJ Hoover said...

I just saw this same picture on Tess's blog! You guys are a blast and I wish I was there to be a part of it!

Karen said...

I. Am. So. Jealous.

Scott said...

Okay, between you and Tess, poor Al Gore is not having a good day. I mean, he can't help it that his mamma sang him the union label song when he was an itty-bitty baby and thus created the catalyst that would allow him to create the internet one day! Ha!

I am jealous that there are so many writers near you . . . and that you get together and have cool parties.

S

Melanie Avila said...

I've met eight writing friends this year and I'm so grateful I was able to see them, especially since I live so far away from everyone!

Carolyn V. said...

It was so much fun!!! Elana, you are a hoot, what a great time. =) Let's do it again!

lotusgirl said...

I saw this over on Tess' blog and came checking you out. I'm so jealous y'all could get together like that. NC is too far or else I'd have been there too. I'm going to have to get to know you. We have a lot in common.

Nisa said...

It looks like so much fun!!

(and I just can't help it. Al Gore did not invent the internet!)

Kayeleen said...

That looks like it was a lot of fun. I didn't know there were so many writers just up the road a ways from me. I haven't been at it for very long yet, so I don't have any "friends." Just people I like to blog stalk. I'll work on that.

Tess said...

Hehehehehe....

I was on a Martinelli's high for two days :D

Tina Lynn said...

*turns green* Oh, I am so jealous. Looks like a good time. Maybe I should move...again.

Wait for it...ah...good. My sanity just returned to me.

Jaime Theler said...

To Al Gore! *toasting*

It was so great. I can't wait for the next one!

quixotic said...

Wow! That looks like so much fun. I am jealous!

WindyA said...

I made some fab new friends at this get together and look forward to the next!

T. Anne said...

I so wish I could be there! How lucky for you. I hope you get together as often as possible that is a real blessing.

Kimberly Franklin said...

You are so lucky to have so many writerly friends living so close to you! I'm jealous! : (

Happy Wednesday!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Big-time jealous! I would love to get together with Roxane, Robyn, Princess Courtney, Stephanie (of Hatshepsut), Frankie and Shannon M. and Marybeth, Jennie E., Lisa and Laura (DUH), Sara... :-)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Too funny! Gee, no wonder he won the Nobel Peace Prize...

Wow, I have met hundreds of authors - I couldn't begin to name them all! Maybe I should've kept a list. Biggest name I could drop is Catherine Coulter.
I can name the one who's had the most impact on me though - p.m. terrell. She has helped me so much and is a dear friend and mentor.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Heavens to Betsy! That looks like quite the party.

Sometimes I curse myself for living in Alaska. Not very often, but it sure would be nice to get to meet up with other writers in real life!

Nancy Lafon Gore Hunger said...

Oh, come on, everybody knows that there is no such thing as Al Gore. Al Gore does not exist, in fact 90% of scientists believe that Al Gore is the product of bored liberals with too much time on their hands

Kasie West said...

So fun. I want to meet all my writerly friends in real life. :) But the people I have met on the web first and then in real life are: Natalie Whipple, Jenn Johansson, Michelle Argyle, and Jenni James. It's been a blast. Since I'm coming to LTUE I'll be adding to that list.

L.T. Elliot said...

What could possibly be more fun than getting together with all you fabulous people? Chucking two cats into a burlap sack and turning on the hose, that's what!

Seriously, BEST PARTY EVER. I had so much fun. Thank you, thank you for putting it all together. =]

Southpaw said...

How fun!

Angie said...

Thanks for throwing such an awesome party. Thanks for the award (the donuts and ice cream were delish!), and thanks for the link! Hope I get to see you again soon.

Patti said...

Looks like fun. I wish I lived closer to blogging people.

Lisa and Laura said...

SO jealous. I want to live within 50 miles of awesome people like this.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh, very cool!! I'm so jealous. I hope to meet up wih some writer friends this summer.

Melissa said...

Yeah, I'm jealous too! All of my bloggy friends live out of state:(

Dawn Simon said...

That looks like so much fun! I'm going to the SCBWI Winter Conference in NYC next week. A bunch of people from my region are going, but I'm also hoping to meet some of my bloggy friends for the first time!

Mary Anne Gruen said...

It looks like a great party! Hope you all had an extra round of drinks for us!

Alissa said...

Looks like a great writing group. I did discover my in-person writing group via an online posting, but that's the closest I've come to have online friends that became real life friends.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm so jealous!! I haven't met any of my writer buddies in "real" life yet! One of these days...

Jackee said...

Fun! Makes me almost wish I still lived in Utah. Almost.

Amber Tidd Murphy said...

Jeals!

When did all the writers move to Utah?

Doesn't anyone live in Kentucky?

ali said...

SO much fun! Thanks for the shout out E-Jamma!

I've met a ton of writers in person. I think Utah is like the holy land of writers. Something in the water maybe?

elizabeth mueller said...

Elana! How fun! Wish I was there. *Pouting*

Thank you for all the wonderful pics!!
((Hugs))
:)

(I have met Ali and Laura! And of course Karen and Christine and Shanna and Rachel...the list goes on and on!)

Katie said...

Awww. Y'all are so so cute!

*jealous*

Jessica said...

Awwww, so adorable! I'm glad you all were able to get together. I've met a few fellow bloggers and it was really wonderful. :-)

Natalie said...

So, so jealous! That looks awesome. I wish I lived closer to writing friends!

Aaron Polson said...

Man...I owe Al like a buck or something. This Bud's for you, Al Gore.

Sharon Mayhew said...

I already told Tess I was jealous...Now I'm wondering if there is a market for PhD's in agriculture...Maybe I can convince my hubby to move west. :)

storyqueen said...

I want to hear about those awards. Who got what for what?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Shelley

Little Ms J said...

Dude, we have to have a prom. Everyone has to come and Laura can wear her tiara. Let's. Get. On. This.

Hilabeans said...

Writers rock! :)

Christine Fonseca said...

FUN!!!! And I am so jealous I live so far away and don't get to play with you guys...

I want to meet YOU, Suz, Bethany, Julie, Kerry, Dani, and way too many more to mention...I've gotten to met Windy and Michelle Mclean....and they are AWESOME

Gail said...

I want to have a writerly party too! Anyone within 50 miles of Dunwoody, GA give me a holler!!!!

Nichole Giles said...

Totally, rockinish fun. Hanging with you ladies was awesome. Let's definitely do it again soon.

Nichole

Linda Kage said...

Hey, I saw this picture on Tess Hilmo's blog. Cool.

Congrats on actually meeting some blogger buds.

Go, Al!

Kelly said...

Looks like a party! Very cool to meet with your cyber friends!
I've met up with a few, but would love to attend the LA SCBWI conference one day and meet more!

Kelly H-Y said...

How fun!!!

Suzette Saxton said...

Three cheers to Elana! That was an awesome awards ceremony.

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