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Goosing Dana

I’m not a cowboy, but I am an outlaw. Look at us goofs. We actually had a small turnout for the the Oklahoma Romance writers In August, but the lady in the purple cowboy hat on the bottom brought a bunch of extra hats for our photo. She writes as Georgina Gentry and her specialty? Western Historical Romances. (g)

You can find us at www.okrwa.com ! The website was just updated by our webmistress Kelli McBride and it looks fantastic!

Some of us don’t do westerns. My current WIP is in Jacksonville. Why I set it so far away when I can’t personally research the place is a good question. Yesterday, I needed to know what kind of front door the Jacksonville Hospital has. Then I couldn’t find the Jacksonville Hospital on the net. I found several, but I couldn’t figure out which one would be the biggest, the busiest– the place they’d take cops. And no pics! I need to know how many floors, if the emergency room is a fairly good size… Bah.

I tried to do a contemporary ranch book once. I suppose that could count as a western. It had a murder mystery and the sexiest half Cherokee/half Irish US Marshal ever. I wrote four chapters, entered it into contests where it won and then I tanked because I had to poison an entire herd of cattle. Jeez. I couldn’t do it then in fiction, but I probably could now. (I’m way more ruthless as a writer now (wg) ) Think I should rewrite it? There was a seriously nasty villain and two other half Cherokee/half Irish brothers… I think if I made the heroine something other than a vet, it would have been easier for me to finish. The woman was tiny and I had her as a large animal vet????

No, most of my books are more urban. My last one was a computer hacker for the government. I’ve written about corporate raiders, musicians, mechanics, chemists… That’s one of the best things about being a writer. We may not get the chance to be all these interesting things, but for a little while we can write in the heads of characters who do.

Now, about this picture… That’s me in the back row, beige hat on the left. I’d say second since we have three rows, but it looks more like I’m fourth. But I’m pretty tall, I have glasses and that huge grin is because I just grabbed Dana’s butt. She’s bending over in front of me in pink. Why do do you think she’s wearing that big smile? LOL!


  1. August 31, 2006    

    Oh my gosh, you guys are strange!

    Did you try calling the hospital and asking questions?

  2. August 31, 2006    

    Who is strange? Ah Rach, I just patted it as a joke. I didn’t molest the poor girl. ROFL!!!

  3. August 31, 2006    

    Rinda, you are gorgeous! It looks like you have so much fun in your life. I’ve been very ‘into’ Westerns, trying to finish “Lonesome Dove.” It’s a whole new genre to me that is quite endearing. Ya gotta love those cowboys. (And cowgirls in Western hats!)

  4. August 31, 2006    

    Ah, flattery will get you everywhere. (g)

    I do have a lot of wonderful friends and this writer’s group is a trip. I’m truly blessed in my relationships.

    I didn’t read the book, but I did see the movie. My husband and I have a favorite line. There is a funeral and later, the widow and a Mexican man are sitting together by the grave. She says, “I wonder what he’s doing.” The man says “Not too much.” Of course it loses something without the facial expressions. (g)

  5. August 31, 2006    

    Oh, if you go to the archives and pick March, the very bottom post is full of Christmas pictures of this group at my house for our annual bash last year. I did a write up of our Dirty Santa game. They may look like nice ladies, but they are vicious when it comes to Dirty Santa. heh heh

  6. August 31, 2006    

    My grandfather was Black Irish, Cherokee and French. I wish I had pictures of him as a young man.

    Our OKRWA Cowboy picture turned out great. I was standing on my toes (next to Rinda) and I witnessed the pat first hand. No worries, Rachel.

  7. September 1, 2006    


    It’s a great picture 🙂

  8. September 3, 2006    

    Rinda, I know you’re very tall, but the lady in the red (back row right) appears taller than you. Is she standing on something?

    I envy you guys. One of these days, I’ll being to associate with other writers in meatspace and become a ral member of the writing community.

  9. September 4, 2006    

    X, there are actually two women taller than me in OKRWA– I think they’re both six feet or more. You know, I’ve read the meatspace thing several times. Too funny.

    Black Irish, Cherokee and French???? Saran,I may pass out.

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