Monday, October 18, 2010

Blogging Buddy Brunch

How do you soothe your disappointment at not going to ACFW? Susan Panzica, of Eternity Cafe, and I met at a diner halfway between her house and mine. Mom came along for the ride on a brilliant September day.

We first met at the 2009 Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. After trading business cards, we stayed in touch through our blogs and email.

While eating a delicious breakfast, we talked about the 2010 conference, our writing, and traded manuscript chapters. My blogging buddy is a gifted non-fiction writer. Wow, can she ever paint a word picture! One of her stories had me misty-eyed, while the other brought a smile to my face. She's full of excitement and ideas for her writing.

Naturally, I couldn't pass up the photo-op with my trusty digital camera. The lighting wasn't the greatest, but I did my best.



Here I am with the best Mom in the world. (I'm a bit biased.)

Susan and I decided we'd meet again in the near future. Blogging and email are great, but you can't beat chatting face-to-face. I'm sure all of you who met at ACFW will agree. :)




38 comments:

Katie Ganshert said...

How fun Susan!! I love meeting blogging buddies face-to-face!

Diane said...

Great camera, great pics and looks like fun times. :O) Miss you!

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

Susan,
The joy was all mine! We definitely must get together again. And soon :)
Much love,
Susan

Sassy Granny ... said...

Some of my most fabulous 2010 memories center around meeting blogging buddies in/from AZ, and one visiting AZ from TX. There's a real sense of community in cyberspace, and none made more so than a "real" connection.

Great fun!

Kathleen

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Katie -

I agree! I can't wait to meet more of my blogging buddies. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Diane -

Thanks! If your hubby has another meeting out this way, give me a call. I'd love to see you again. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Susan -

Let's connect and talk about another brunch get together. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kathleen -

The connections online are great, but I love meeting people in person.

My late hubby and I met through e.Harmony, followed by lots of phone calls and emails. By the time we met, it was like we'd known each other forever.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Susan, that's so great you got to meet up with a writer friend! ACFW was the first chance I had to do that it was wonderful and worth it.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Love meetings like that! So fun!

Karen Lange said...

What great fun! Glad you had a good time with Susan P.; she's a sweetie.

Keep thinking we could meet about halfway for lunch or something. How do you feel about meeting somewhere in WV? :P Someday!
Blessings,
Karen

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Cindy -

Thanks for stopping by. I'm so glad you had the opportunity to meet a lot of blogging friends at ACFW. It's a wonderful experience.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

It was fun. Susan and I have so much in common.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

My uncle lives in W. Virginia, so that's not a bad idea. Let's keep it in mind. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Jean Fischer said...

What a nice picture of you and your mom. You look like her :-)

Blessings to you both.
Jean

Stephen Tremp said...

I have yet to meet a blogging buddy. Maybe someday at a book signing or conference.

Stephen Tremp

William Sloboda said...

Hi cuz..So great to see Anna. much love to her. Bill

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Susan, that's the best way I can think of to enjoy oneself if not going to ACFW! Good idea.

Rhonda Schrock said...

Fun!! I'm glad you could do that! I got to meet Jeanette in person, and it was great.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

Thanks! While there is a resemblance to my Mom, I look a lot like my Dad and paternal grandmother. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Stephen -

Oh, I hope you can meet some of them soon! You'll find it's like meeting an old friend.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Bill -

I'll tell Mom you said "hello." :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Rosslyn -

It worked for us! We live about two hours away from each other. Meeting in the middle trimmed the distance to one hour.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Rhonda -

Neat! Jeanette and I are hoping to meet next summer.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Nancy said...

There are some things you can only share with other writer friends. Sounds like you had fun. Love the picture of you and your Mom. Are you feeling more comfortable with your new camera lately?

Terri Tiffany said...

Ho wonderful! I wish I could meet you face-to-face someday too:)

Jill Kemerer said...

Wow, looks like fun! I'm so glad you could spend time together and with your mom too!

Toyin O. said...

It looks like you guys had fun meeting together; I would love to meet up with my blogging friends. I just wanted to thank you for visiting my blog, would certainly love to get my work published. I will be coming back to your blog to looking for tips.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Nancy -

Thanks! I'm adapting to the new camera. Getting the pictures onto the computer still takes a bit of effort.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

Maybe we'll connect at a writers conference some day. If you're ever in my area, let me know ahead of time. I'd love to meet you. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jill -

I love spending time with Mom. We go everywhere together. Sometimes I think I wear her out. LOL!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Toyin -

Sure, jump into the discussion any time! We love connecting with writers and readers here.

As a former New Yorker, I related to a lot of what you wrote on your blog. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Faith Imagined said...

I really can't wait to meet some of my bloggy friends in real life! It will be such a joy!

Great pictures!!!

quietspirit said...

Susan:
This is so neat. I'm glad you and Susan P. got to meet. Sounds like you had a neat visit.

Patti Lacy said...

How fun for you!!! Praise GOD!!
Patti

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Alisa -

We all seem to be scattered throughout the country and the world. Writers conferences or critique groups are the best place to meet.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Quiet Spirit -

We had a great time together. Hopefully, we can meet at least a few times per year.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Patti -

Thanks for popping by. I know how busy you are with the book. :)

Blessings,
Susan