I'm having a holiday party for my writer's group this year! Since covid, I'm out of practice hosting parties. Right now I'm going through the list of to-dos: holiday decorating, food, babysitting services for the dog so she doesn't maul the guests, and the dreaded deep clean. The only item I've checked off is stopping at the liquor store and spending roughly $600 on wine and booze. Although I forgot the red wine - so I'll go back for those boxes. I'm a big fan of the red boxed wine, but not so much for the white variety. Don't know why. Recently I've become spoiled with the twist-off cap on my Chardonnay. :) But does it make the temptation to grab and pour too easy? Do I care? I do not.
My writer's group and I meet twice a month to critique one another's work. It's a big time commitment because you have to read and critique everyone's submission, then attend the hours long Saturday meetings where we go around the table and discuss each person's submission one at a time. Luckily, my group is comprised of dedicated, intelligent writers who understand the measures of love and hard work that we each put into our stories. So there is a nice camaraderie and respect among us. I have personally only slugged one author - and only once - even though he deserves it more often. :)
Cheers to my fellow writers out there! If you can't make it to the party, never fear, we'll raise our glass to you.