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Weekly comments by Dale Martin – ” . . . the people [Peck Center] served deserve to be more appropriately heralded.” | Fernandina Observer

This year started off a little bit crazy, but I’m going to stick to the positive things that have happened in my writing life and start off with The International Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guy First Virtual Girlfriend’s Weekend. Y’all, it was so much fun and a huge success. Over seventy authors shared their stories, and book reviewers, bloggers, book club members, booksellers, and literary geniuses, joined in for a four day slumber party that will go down in history. I could write about it until my fingers bleed, but I’ll share the link to Robert Gray’s (Shelf Awareness) post instead:

Shelf Awareness for Friday, January 22, 2021 | Shelf Awareness (

“Although 2021 got off to a rocky start and retains its myriad challenges, there are a few signs of hope, including the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend Zoomathon Slumber Party, that have begun to restore my faith in the possibilities for a new year.” –Robert Gray, editor

This also happened:

The Pulpwood Queen Announces Author, Mandy Haynes our NEW Executive Director of The International Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club Reading Nation and our other AWARDS! (

I’d reached out to Kathy a few months before Girlfriend’s Weekend to volunteer to help with anything she might need. Well, once we started working together she realized that she could use an extra hand. Once we started doing more together, we realized how much fun we were having and on the last day of the event she asked if I would consider being the Executive Director.

What exactly does that title mean? I’m not exactly sure, but it’s keeping me busy and that’s a good thing. So far lots of reading, helping put together new events like PWQ/TG Writer’s Group, Coffee Talks, and Wine Downs, connecting with PWQ/TG members to make sure they know how much we appreciate them. Writer’s LOVE readers and we want to make sure they know it! Making graphics for advertisements, answering emails and messages from both authors and readers – whatever comes up that I can help with I’m here.

If you’d like to know more about the great community Kathy started over twenty years ago, here’s the link to her website that will fill you in on everything about The International Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guy Book Club Reading Nation:

The International Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club – Starring the Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys

Y’all, we haven’t stopped working since Girlfriend’s Weekend. One night we were on the phone for seven hours… but to be fair it’s not all work and no play. We laugh a lot and keep each other moving forward with our other creative endeavors. We are working together on some really fun and unique art projects that will keep our muses awake and us moving along…