I had a wonderful time at the Romance Writers of Australia Conference in August. This is a fabulous conference for craft, business tips in the writing trade, meeting up with old friends, and finding new. Highlights this year for me were Kate Forsyth's one day workshop, and Marion Lennox's keynote address. Marion, the author of over a hundred novels, gave everyone in the audience a gumnut from a Western Australian tree, and asked us to reflect on what gave us joy as writers. I brought my gumnut home (as did many other writers) and put it in a seashell bowl. It looks at home there too - and I've looked at it many times while writing over the past week. Writing can be lonely and difficult, but ultimately gives so much joy - the process of writing itself, and also hearing about what it is about your words that touches readers.