Thursday, August 2, 2012

Two exciting years!

'You know when you click with people?  Well two years ago at the RNA Conference in Greenwich that magic happened.  We were like kids, having breakfast at McDonalds every morning and drinking wine late into the evenings.  One night Susanna mentioned doing a blog together as a way of keeping the magic going and it has.  Being a part of the Heroine Addicts holds onto the camaraderie built on friendship and books and writing ... bliss.'

The above is what Liz Fenwick said when we were talking about the Heroine Addicts and our second anniversary, and I think she speaks for us all.  I can’t believe it’s been two years today since we started this blog – time has just rushed by, as it always does when you’re having fun!

‘Friendship, books and writing’ – bliss indeed!  In fact, I can’t think of anything better and through the Heroine Addicts, we really have kept the magic going.  It’s been especially great in that it’s kept us in touch with Susanna, who we don’t get to see as often, but being together here makes it seem like she’s really close.  Triumphs and tribulations are shared and enjoyed or suffered vicariously.  In the case of triumphs, it’s lovely to know that others are pleased on your behalf, and in the case of tribulations, there’s always a shoulder to lean on.  We all write, we all know how it feels and it’s easy to empathise when the going gets tough.  And a lot has happened in these two years, we’ve all moved forward in different ways and I think the triumphs definitely outweigh the negatives!

Whenever we meet up, there’s a wonderful feeling of belonging, and even when the group photos don’t quite work out (yep, that’s me with my eyes closed!), it doesn’t matter – being together was the important part!

When we first began, I was a bit doubtful about my ability to produce blog posts that anyone would actually want to read.  I was new to the whole blogging thing and other people’s posts always seemed a lot more interesting somehow.  Also, how would I come up with enough topics?  Could I think of something to say each time it was my turn?  The answer (so far) has been yes, because we seem to ‘spark’ off each other and one topic brings to mind another, keeping the momentum going.  It’s great fun and I look forward to reading what the others have to say every week, wondering what they’ll come up with next.

Writing is of course the main theme, but we seem to have covered a whole host of related subjects too, with a few recurring ones such as Professor Snape and other heroes, plotting, inspiration and panicking about various things - all very important!

I’m very grateful to be a part of this lovely group, so HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US and here’s to many more years of the Heroine Addicts – I can’t wait to read on!


  1. Happy 2nd Anniversary, ladies. It's a fab blog! :) x

  2. What a wonderful post, Christina! I can still vividly remember those McDonalds breakfasts (and the wine drinking, of course), and I'm so proud and honoured to be part of this amazing group of women.

    Like you, I hope this keeps on for years and years. I can't imagine losing any of you.

    And I'll try my best to make it up to Sheffield next year, if I can. (Either that, or I'll have to start photoshopping myself into the annual group photos :-)

    Happy Anniversary, everyone.

  3. Always enjoy this blog, well done ladies on reaching the 2 year anniversary!


  4. Brilliant post Pia...

    It would be brilliant if you can make it to Sheffield Susanna!


  5. YAY!!! Happy birthday to us!

    Susanna - hope you can make it to Sheffield :-)


  6. Happy Anniversary to a super blog!

    Liz x

  7. Thanks for all the comments! Yes, do hope you can come to Sheffield, Susanna, that would be brilliant!