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Time with The Girls

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Hello to all readers of Petit Fours and Hot Tamales (PF&HT). I’ve posted here twice before as a guest. However, this is my first official post as one of the bloggers. I’m happy to be here and I thought I’d talk a little about an aspect of my writing life.

Once a month, I attend a writer’s group meeting in the Atlanta area.

My group is called Georgia Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America. I’m not the only male in attendance, but the group is primarily female. My wife refers to it as my Saturday morning with the girls, even phrasing it that way to our sons. I’ve been attending these meetings for several years. Each month, there’s a presentation on some aspect of writing. I’ve learned a lot from those presentations. My writing has improved to the point where I’ve won a few writing contests and obtained agent representation. However, I didn’t often speak about my writer’s group outside of other writers.

As time has passed, I’ve grown more accustomed to admitting that I spend time with romance writers to learn how to write. I talk enough about writing in general, so many of my friends know I’m trying to get published. Last fall, I finished as runner-up in the Maggies, the annual writing contest sponsored by Georgia Romance Writers. At my younger son’s football practice the week after the announcement (which showed up on Facebook), one of the other dads at the practice approached me and said, “Congratulations. What’s a Maggie?”

However, joining PF&HT still made me pause.

When I was asked last December, I thought about the plusses for joining. Established group blog. Check. A new place for author self-promotion. Check. An extreme amount of stuff I can learn. Check. Honored to be asked. Double check.

And then there was that one minus. I sent a note to the person who asked me. You really want a guy to join a blog called “Petit Fours and Hot Tamales?”

She responded that the first thing that would happen is to figure out what to call me.

With that in mind, I have a contest.

As the blog expands to include males, what should males on this blog be called?

Clean answers, please.

A $15 Amazon gift card will be awarded as a prize to one lucky commenter.

Walt Mussell writes historical fiction for the inspirational market, focusing primarily on medieval Japan. He has one published novella in a Christmas anthology and several published magazine articles. He and his wife have been married over 18 years and have two wonderful boys.

Pam Asberry - January 21, 2014 - 12:24 am

Welcome, Walt! I have no idea what we are going to call you but we are very glad you are here! :-)

Lori - January 21, 2014 - 12:35 am

Have no clever ideas but am thrilled to have another perspective on this site! Always fun and informative. Cheers!

Carol Burnside - January 21, 2014 - 2:51 am

Welcome to PFHT, Walt!

In keeping with the food theme, perhaps you’re our “Lagniappe”(as they say in N’Awlins) or “something extra.”

Marilyn Baron - January 21, 2014 - 7:10 am

Welcome to the Petit Fours, Walt. How about The Fox in the Henhouse.

Maxine - January 21, 2014 - 8:59 am

Welcome Walt! Glad to have you join the PF&HT. I don’t know – Ice Men (for icing on the cake)??

Connie Gillam - January 21, 2014 - 9:03 am

Welcome, Walt!

At first I thought of adding an inspirational twist to our blog name but any other male invited to join might not write inspirational fiction. So I like Carol’s suggestion of Lagniappe or something extra.

Piper - January 21, 2014 - 9:21 am

Yay Walt! I have no name ideas, but I want to congratulate you on being asked to be part of such a fabulous group blog! Clearly, you rock!


Walt Mussell - January 21, 2014 - 10:03 am

Thank you, everybody. I’ve already been called a brat (a German sausage, not a spoiled child). That’s a possibility.

Walt Mussell - January 21, 2014 - 10:31 am

Piper, thanks. Sorry for the comment taking so long to get up on the site. It’s my first post. Didn’t realize I had to moderate comments. :-)

Tina Russo Radcliffe - January 21, 2014 - 11:41 am

Petite Fours, Hot Tamales and Le Plat Du Jour.

That’s Walt. The special of the day!

Diane Garner - January 21, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Congrats, Walt, on joining a great blog.
I think a mutual writer friend of ours (can you remember who?) suggested you be called Token.

Walt Mussell - January 21, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Diane, I think that Amy Atwell suggested I be called Token. I thought it was hilarious.

Tina, I like “Le Plat Du Jour.”

Anju Gattani - January 21, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Hi Walt!
What a great start to the New Year! Congratulations of becoming a blogger on this great site. Have been thinking and couldn’t resist this… how about Wall-E? *grin grin*

I think you’ll find more fame and fortune showering your new blogger lifestyle… to add to ‘Daddy Needs Decaff’

Anju :)

Keena Kincaid - January 21, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Well… you have Frenchs (petit fours) and Spanish (hot tamale) why not add Italian to the mix. You can be Symbolico.

Although I like Fox in the Henhouse, too. :-)

Walt Mussell - January 21, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Anju, trying to figure out if that makes my wife E-ve. :-)

Keena, given what I write, I was wondering about sushi.

Martie Hoover - January 21, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Hey, Walt
Petit Fours, Hot Tamales and a Tiger!

Lol, I like the Sushi idea.

Sarah Hegger - January 21, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Hey Walt,
I would go with the Japanese thing – thinking Hidden Dragon here.

Marilyn Baron - January 21, 2014 - 5:46 pm

I like Tina’s idea of Le Plat du Jour.

Sandy Elzie - January 21, 2014 - 10:15 pm

Hi Walt,

Welcome aboard!!! I loved the fox in the hen house…wish I could come up with something original, but just know we’re glad you were brave enough to join all us babbling women. :)

Marilyn Baron - January 22, 2014 - 4:31 am

Oh I like the Hidden Dragon idea. It has a nice ring with Hot Tamales.

Tamara LeBlanc - January 22, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Hi Walt!!! So glad to see and read that you’ve joined this great group of girls!

Petit Fours and Hot Tamales on a bed of Mussells

Petit Fours and Hot Tamales with a side of Mussells


Walt Mussell - January 22, 2014 - 4:48 pm

I do like the Hidden Dragon comment.

Still laughing at the side of Mussells. :-)

Marilyn Baron - January 22, 2014 - 5:49 pm

I like Tamara’s idea too.

Sia Huff - January 22, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Welcome, Walt! Glad you decided to gift us with the male perspective. You’ve gotten some great responses (love Hidden Dragon & Side of Mussells). Whatever you choose, glad you’re here.

Susan Carlisle - January 22, 2014 - 8:28 pm

I’m not good at the name ideas either but I’m glad you have joined us. You will be a nice addition.

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