Friday, November 25, 2011

A Writer's Thanksgiving

I am thankful for ...

  • my supportive husband, who encourages and honors my writing time.
  • my terrific critique group, which holds me accountable in productivity and quality.
  • friends who read my work and give me honest feedback.
  • small independent publishers and booksellers, who are willing to take risks.
  • the many incredible authors whose works have inspired, entertained and challenged me throughout the years.
  • computers and writing software, because quill penstypewriters and scotch tape are charmingly old-school but exhausting.
  • the new opportunities made possible by e-publishing.
  • the many people who will always return to printed books anyway.
  • reading the classics on my iPad at the gym.
  • print books, which survive falls, beach trips, coffee spills and power outages.
  • handprinted notes from another reader in the margins of a used book.
  • used book stores
  • living in a literary town like Portland, Oregon, where a bookstore is a happening place on a Saturday night, a literary lecture series packs the house, literary magazines and writing conferences pop up and thrive, and nationally recognized authors find refuge and inspiration.
  • coffee shops that welcome writers to linger and discuss.
  • the stories and characters that keep finding their way into my head and onto the page.
  • the human capacity to spin tales, which makes life so much more interesting and bearable.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

1 comment:

  1. And I am so thankful for having you in my life. Keep on writing my dear. You'll get there.


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