Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks

P G Forte I had a different post planned for today, then it occurred to me, it’s the day before Thanksgiving and what I really want to talk about today is things I’m grateful for. This is not going to be one of my usual really long blog posts and it’s definitely not going to be a comprehensive list—I’ll be focusing mostly on things that are writing related, but here we go:

#1. I’m thankful for my writing porch even if the room’s three walls of windows leave me with less wall space than I’d like, and even though it’s been getting so chilly these past few weeks that there were a few nights when I went to bed early because I was just too cold to write.

#2. I’m thankful for my husband who (even though he’d very much rather I come to bed early than stay up late writing) went to the hardware store early one morning last week while I was still asleep and bought me an electric heater that looks just like a wood burning stove—with really cute fake flames and everything—so that not only can I stay warm while I stay up late writing, but I can pretend I’m in a cozy cabin while I do it.

#3. I’m thankful for Alfred Peet—founder of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, which is where the guys who started Starbucks went to learn about coffee. Without Peet’s there’d be no Starbucks and without Starbucks there’d be no gingerbread lattes. I have a serious seasonal addiction to those puppies. And without coffee there’d be a lot less writing getting done as well.

#4.  I’m thankful for my publishers who, it appears, almost never seem to think the stuff I send them is just too weird. Something that I occasionally worry about, if you must know. And by occasionally I mean all the damn time. Also, they seem genuinely happy to receive my submissions, which continues to surprise me.

#5. I’m thankful for my cover artists because they’re just the best.

#6. I’m thankful for the other eight naughty novelists (I know, it just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?) for helping to make promo fun again. And also because they make me laugh. Who knew rudimentary math discussions and disappearing blog posts could be so funny?

Like I said at the start,  there’s a lot more I could have mentioned, but it’s getting late and I have to hit the grocery stores tomorrow. Again. And re-think my holiday menu. Again. I just learned I’ll be having two more guests for Thanksgiving dinner and they’re vegan.

So that's my list. What are you thankful for?


sherry said...

1. I'm thankful for my family and friends. Who's always there for you when you need them even if sometimes they drive you crazy.
2. To have a job in this economy even if its not the best at least I'm working.
3. That I'm in relatively good health.
4. That there are a lot of talented people out there who writes such good books for me to buy.

Kelly Jamieson said...

Well I'm jealous of your writing porch and your little heater and ...oh wait it was supposed to be what am I THANKFUL for! Actually a lot of the same things you are! Although I've never tried a gingerbread latte - gotta get me to Starbucks 'cause that sounds good!