What’s the new giant cupcake in my life?
Have you ever looked at something someone else had, or something someone else was doing and thought, “If only…”? From a distance many things look like tasty treats topped with accolades of sugary frosting.
My dear friend DeAnna Cameron started an organization three years ago called O.C. Writers.
Its stated description is: What we are is a robust network of published and aspiring authors dedicated to supporting, motivating, and helping each other, as well as creating and sharing opportunities for writing growth.
O.C.Writers was an awesome idea.
There are no dues, no fees, no snobby requirements for joining. We have write-ins, round table discussions, read and critiques, on-line critique groups, and the occasional writing workshop. We even had our first ever Local Author Book Fair with 30 authors in attendance.
The Facebook group is a place writers can connect and keep abreast of events and opportunities without having to sift through dozens of buy-my-book posts.
I was a bit envious.
I wished I had the cache and wisdom to grow a thriving writing community like DeAnna was doing. I came alongside to help in whatever ways I could and watched as our Facebook group and in person groups grew to over 500 participants.
A few weeks ago, DeAnna offered me a gift.
She offered me directorship of O.C. Writers. My immediate reaction was,”No, thank you.” Why? When I’d once wanted that opportunity so much?
The closer you get to something the larger it appears.
From a distance you don’t realize how BIG that delicious looking cupcake is. But when you get up close and personal you begin to ask yourself, “How am I going to eat all that?”
After several days of pondering the giant cupcake in the room, I came to a realization. I don’t have to consume it alone. The bride and groom are never expected to eat the entire wedding cake themselves.
As you’ve probably already guessed, I decided to take it on. Not because I think I’ll ever be the baker DeAnna is, and not because I want all that sugary sweetness for myself. O.C. Writers is about community. Communities can accomplish things individuals can’t.
I arrived at a new answer to the age old question: How do you eat a giant cupcake?
I plan to share it one bite at a time.