I first met Ilene on Writer's Cafe, the 3rd site where I had actively published a lot of work, and really engaged in an online writing community.
To say that she exuded a gravitational force around which a lot of us started to orbit barely gives her credit. Together with Ivy Hedra Helix and Vince Cancasci, they had put together Write The Future, and had held their first meeting in LA, one I didn't get to go to.
The next event was scheduled to be in New York, and there was a buzz about it ... one that I picked up on, and it became something I really wanted to be a part of. I didn't see how though. I was working at Compact Music and didn't consider that I was making enough money to do it.
I told her I wanted to come and she told me to "just come".