I’m about to do something dangerous. So, hold on, my mini pumpkin muffins. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am compiling a list of people I want to thank for encouraging me as a writer. It’s inevitable I’ll miss some folks and for that I apologize with a dollop of whip cream on top. (But if you ask me, having lots of names to recall is a most excellent problem to have.) When I surface from my tryptophan-induced haze, I will draft a Part II to recognize anyone I may have missed or new names I need to add.
I am most sincerely . . .
- Thankful for my critique group for their honesty, genuine encouragement and generosity.
- Thankful for Helen who always makes my XL English Breakfast with two creams just right every morning. Writers run on tea.
- Thankful for Erin,my agent, for taking a chance on me.
- Thankful for my parents who are always enthusiastic about my writing pursuits.
- Thankful for my husband who never makes me feel bad for heading off to yet another writing retreat, and always supports me with love and a listening ear.
- Thankful for the inventor of “Find/Replace” and “Cut/Paste” (aka Ctrl C/Ctrl V).
- Thankful for Mrs. Eickholt, Mr. Darling and Mr. Brahlek–middle school and high school teachers–who recognized my love of writing.
- Thankful for my stellar beta readers–you give me much-needed confidence.
- Thankful for my non-writing friends who patiently listen as I babble on about a conference or puddle up about a rejection.
- Thankful for my children who have listened to me read my stories over the years.
- Thankful for editors who have considered my work, even if they said no thank you.
- Thankful for Hope, Kelly B., Kris, Danielle, Ann F., Pam, Rachel, Cathy, Monica, Matt, Kristen, Randy, Rebecca, Lisa, Buffy, Ann P., Jay, Ruth, Anna, Charlie, Deb, Vicki, Janice, Kim, Sarah, Ann A., Carrie, Hayley, Kelly P., Terry, Kirsten, Patti, Leslie, Catie, Donna, Kathi and soooo many others. (Like I said, needing to remember lots of names is a good problem to have.)
Let me encourage you to go and do likewise, my little drumsticks. It’s great to say you’re thankful for your friends and family, but why not reserve a minute or two while you wait for the turkey to brown, and recall the names and faces of the dear folks who have made a big difference in your writing life. Why, you’ll feel warmer than a mound of mashed taters.
Ahem. Pass the gravy.
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. ~ Henry David Thoreau