I had another post planned for today, but since it’s a short week, I thought I’d take this time to share what I’m most thankful for instead, aside from my family.
First off, thank you to all those who offered me advice on last week’s post. It has helped me a great deal. Even more thanks to Lora Rivera for suggesting The Poisonwood Bible in her comment, and to Julie Musil for her post on the book, Hate List. Both recommendations have helped me decide on how to proceed with my WIP.
Then there’s you, my followers and fellow writer-bloggers. As writers, we know this is a rather lonely avocation, but we feel pulled toward it regardless. Lucky for our generation, we have the Internet and Blogger, or whatever service you use, to connect with folks you’d normally never have the opportunity to connect with. But just because they’re there, doesn’t mean there is automatically a connection. You have to work at it. And it’s not always easy either. So for what it’s worth, I’d like to say how grateful I am that you’ve all allowed me to make that connection with you. I feel blessed to have so many other writers who are willing to share, teach, advise, or just talk with me. What would have been lonely is now anything but. So thank you! I really don’t think I could do this without you.
Within my group of online acquaintances, I’ve made quite a few honest-to-God friends, people who exchange manuscripts with me and others who enjoy exchanging emails. There’s even one writer I get to interact with in person! *GASP* Her name is Jennifer Hillier. I won a signed copy of her book, Creep, last summer and quickly became a fan, but what’s even more remarkable is that we actually became friends.
She lives an hour away, so from time to time, we meet up somewhere in the middle and have lunch and chat about all things writing. Since the Seattle Puget Sound Area is not exactly the friendliest place on earth, I was grateful just to have a new friend, but even more so since she was a fellow writer, and even more because we write in the same genre, so we understand each other in ways others may not. But alas, as is my luck, Jenny is moving back to her home town and country,
. This saddens me more than I can say, but I’m grateful just to have met her and feel privileged to call her my friend. That won’t change just because she’s moving away. Toronto, Canada
(God, I wish I had a picture of us together!)
Last, but certainly not least, I am eternally grateful to God for bringing Lisa Regan into my life. Sure, she is a fellow writer, and even writes in the same genre, but what we share is so much more intense and profound than just our writing. We share our lives, the nitty gritty, the happiest of moments, and everything in between. Yes, it began as a critiquing partnership and I can honestly say we have helped each other become better writers, but even though we’ve never actually met in person, Lisa knows me better than just about any human being on the face of the earth, save my husband. Then again, she knows things even he does not. *Shhh* I know I couldn’t have survived the insanity that is my life without her. I love her like an identical twin sister.
So for you, my followers and fellow writers, for Jenny and for Lisa, I am incredibly thankful and I want the world, or anyone who is interested anyway, to know just how much.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, MY FRIENDS!