For the month of November, she's featuring lots of different authors who are giving thanks for all kinds of different things in their lives and in the world.
I took the assignment rather literally, I'm afraid, and talked about what I'm thankful for AS AN AUTHOR. Angela did say to pick one thing and keep it short and sweet. Click on the link above to see what I'm thankful for (and yes, I kept it G-rated and didn't bash anyone.)
If I was going to go on longer about the Author-ly things I'm grateful for, I could expand on the sudden going-out-of-business announcements by a few of my former publishing houses, or the lousy royalty payments from shady dealers, the things that have pushed me to the brink and kept me on my toes. Yes, it would be easier to have everything work out nice and easy, but if it was all easy, the victories wouldn't taste as sweet.
Kind of like bad reviews - you need a few people to point out your flaws (or imagined flaws) to make you truly appreciate when readers say NICE things. Blunt reviewers can also shine light on weaknesses that your friends and family are too nice to point out.
Beyond the world of writing, there are a TON of things I'm thankful for - including the love and support of my husband, kids and extended family. I'm thankful that in this crazy pop-culture world, my kids have all turned out (relatively) normal, happy and healthy, with good brains in their heads and love and ambition in their hearts. College bound and off to change the world for the better. I'm grateful my husband of 23 years still finds it fun to hang out with me (and I still thing he's fun to hang out with too), and we still make each other laugh. I'm grateful for all the laughter in my life.
I'm thankful for my life here on Cape Cod, such a beautiful an peaceful place to be compared to so much upheaval taking place all over the globe. I'm thankful for the close friends I've made over the years, since the years seem to melt away when I see them again. I'm thankful for my friends and neighbors here on the Cape, ready to help and not afraid to ask for my help. I'm thankful for the online virtual friends and colleagues I've made in the last few years, and for the readers who send emails of encouragement. It always makes me smile to hear someone read and enjoyed my books.
Whew. Counting blessings could take all day, but maybe I'll stop there for now.
What are you thankful for? Think about it - I'm sure there's a lot to make you smile.