Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Let’s Be Thankful

Again with the interrupting of my planned post, but yanno, things happen. Oh, and this may be a bit random, but that's how I roll.

So, it has been a bit of a depressing week in some circles I frequent. First, there was a post about quitting on the Blueboards. Then, another post about losing faith in your writing on the Blueboards. And, even Natalie Whipple is feeling it!

The nice thing about all of these is how we writers rally around each other. There is lots of morale-boosting in those posts. I had a bit of a rough week, myself. I got a rejection that was a little tough because I had high hopes for that query. *sigh* Amazingly, I checked my blog roll shortly after getting the R and found this post by Maggie Stiefvater. Who knew Maggie was psychic?

Anyway, one of the best ways to fight the blues is to concentrate on what we are thankful for. So, I am posting five things I am thankful for – one set for writing, and one set for just me. J

Things About Writing I Am Thankful For:

  1. The Blueboard Community: I have never seen a more supportive and helpful community anywhere. Someone on the BBs once mentioned that we are essentially each others' competition, and yet it doesn't feel like that at all. I don't think I would be writing if not for the Blueboards.
  2. A Creative Outlet: I am not one of those writers who has been writing my whole life. I am relatively new to it. But now that I've started, I don't think I could stop! It is such a great outlet for my creative energy (I have been told how creative I am my entire life). Plus, I have always had these random thoughts floating through my mind: imagined conversations, weird scenarios, etc. How awesome to discover a purpose for them!
  3. Learning: I literally learn something new everyday. Whether it is about my writing, writing in general, publishing, or even myself. I love to learn! (I actually went straight from graduating from college into classes for my Master's – over the summer - simply because I liked learning).
  4. Blogs: This kind of falls under learning, and it is a bit of a community itself. I love reading your blogs, and the ones on my sidebar, and lots more that don't fit over there (I think I follow over 100). It is fun, informative, and great to support and get support from others!
  5. Twitter: There is a fun community on twitter, as well. Many of these communities overlap, but my favorite thing about twitter is the speed of it. It's super great for when I am feeling stuck or frustrated with my writing. I can just click over to twitter, read my feed for a bit, and then jump back into my WIP.

Things About My Life I Am Thankful For:

  1. My husband: Of course. He is so loving and understanding. I am the world's worst housekeeper, and he comes from a family of OCD super cleaners, but he only complains about once a month. He works uber-hard to support us and give both me and the kids things that we want (not just things that we need). Amazing doesn't even begin to describe him.
  2. My children: Three energetic mini-tornados. They are almost always happy and cheerful. They play together more smoothly than I have ever seen siblings play. They have the best smiles and give the best hugs.
  3. My parents: They are so generous and supportive. They are really the best parents I have ever seen. I am so lucky to have had them raise me.
  4. My jobs: I grumble occasionally because they take me away from writing, but they also provide a break and the funds to allow me to attend conferences and buy new books.
  5. My laptop: (I had to be a little materialistic). As an example of #3, my laptop was a gift from my parents. I use it almost all day everyday. Whether going to the three places mentioned in my writing thanks, playing itunes, composing a new story, or allowing the kids to watch a DVD, I don't know what I would do without it.

So, I will leave you with those and ask you to leave 5 things you are thankful for.

Thanks for reading!


P.S. Check back tomorrow for three funny videos poking fun at Twilight…


  1. Great post. I posted my grateful list on Sunday over on my blog - but I'll post a five here, too! (I like to try and follow the rules every once in a while!) ;)

    1. My family. God has blessed me so very much. There isn't enough internet space to hold the list of all the reasons I'm thankful for them. :)

    2. My supportive writing community. My two critique groups, SCBWI CAROLINAS, various writing buddies across the country, Verla's board (YAY BLUE BOARDERS!) and all editors who have helped me along the way (and still are!).

    3. My home. It's a mess usually, but it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I have a stocked refrigerator and cabinet. I have so many "things" I sometimes complain about having enough room. (that's really selfish of me, isn't it?) So on this day - I declare myself THANKFUL for everyTHING in my home. EVEN if I have to dust it. :)

    4. The blessing of love...even when I don't deserve it.

    5. And most of all...I am thankful for the Creator of it all and His gracious and loving hand on my life. :)

  2. Ooh! How did I forget God?!?! LOL. I am always thankful for Him and His blessings.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing! :)