Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Fricassee

Happy Friday!

It's probably time to share a little writerly thankfulness.  There are things in a writer's life for which our gratefulness might seem out of proportion to those on the "outside."

(You know what I mean.  To those who DON'T WRITE.  Or worse--who don't READ.)

So here's my list.  Please share yours!

  • I'm thankful for the awesome teens who took the time to read and to leave thoughtful comments on my latest WIP:  Taryn, Lizzy, Constance, Sarah.  Feedback and gut reactions from my target audience are SO valuable.  And these gals? They went above and beyond. Truly.
  • I'm thankful for the neck-deep level of editorial input my agent (and his lovely assistant) provide. I know there are 2 distinct agent camps--editorial and non.  It's a personal preference for each author, as far as which is a better fit for you. And, yeah. I prefer the hands-on, rip-into-every-weak-spot approach. Because it tells me that Josh believes my work is worth his investment of time. And I don't take that lightly.
  • I'm thankful for my husband. Who just planned his entire weekend around brainstorming and manuscript-wading with me. Because he believes in me, too. Even when I don't believe in myself.
  • I'm thankful for Talenti sea salt caramel gelato. Which is definitely going to be a part of my weekend, too.
No sobby schmoop.  Just gratefulness, plain and simple.

Your turn!


  1. - I'm thankful that I can use GoDaddy and host a website with my own coding and my own domain name.

    - I'm thankful for W3Schools. Without it, I wouldn't have learned coding online while having lots of fun.

    - I'm thankful to have coding skills because I can make my website more useful by creating games.

    - I'm thankful for Blogger. Awesome way to get some news out there.

    I'm thankful for having the knowledge of PHP.

    Those are just a few things above.

  2. I'm thankful for my husband who asked me to find out the dates of the local writing conference being held next February. Why? So he can schedule some of his vacation time to watch the kids while I go, taking our only car and leaving him stranded in the house with four kids for three days. What a man!

  3. Abbe! He TOTALLY gets a gold star!!!

  4. I am thankful for my laptop (which my husband got me as a gift a couple years ago) which is my dedicated writing computer. Which also leads me to being thankful for Scriveners, which has helped me organize my writing even though I'm so not an organized person.

    For the web and all the talented writers, editors and agents out there willing to share their knowledge with amazing blogs and helpful articles online.

    For wonderful critique buddies.

    For a husband who helps me find plot holes and then brainstorm how to fill in those holes.

    And for nephews who love to read and share books with me.

    Oh, right, I can't forget to thank my characters for believing in me and trusting me to tell their stories.

  5. I too am grateful for Scrivener for helping me keep track of all the disparate thoughts and links and kernels of something masquerading as wisdom.

    I'm also grateful to Smashwords, which has allowed me to reclaim control of my publishing destiny.

    And last but not least, I'm grateful for my lovely window AC unit.

  6. You had me at Talenti sea salt caramel gelato. Have you tried the Talenti Toasted Almond? Heaven on a spoon.

  7. I'm thankful for:
    -The great author/writer friends I am interacting with on blogs, twitter, and facebook. Such a great group of supportive and wonderful people. This wouldn't have been possible 10 years ago.
    -For my best friends and my hubby who constantly beg me to take time and write, and support me even when I say all creative ideas in my mind have fled.
    -For the opportunities to read and review books for The Season. One of the best things I ever signed up for.
    -All the blogs, like this one, that offer advice, support, and all around fun times.

  8. I'm thankful for:

    *Amazing critique partners and people who read my work and help me grow.
    *Beat sheets and newfound plotting skills. *cough*
    *Wonderful friends and family who support me in what I do.
    *Awesome online places (like MSFV *cough*) that offer me so many opportunities. Like meeting other awesome writers, etc.

  9. I'm thankful for computers, without which the words don't flow as easily. I'm thankful for the internet, which answers all the stupid questions my scatter-brained mind randomly asks. I'm thankful for chocolate and vodka. I'm thankful my husband has high expectations of me. I'm thankful my kids aren't so little anymore. I'm thankful for great friends and family. I'm thankful for spell check.

  10. I'm thankful for my hubby who has put up with me for 37 years, especially since our marriage vows said nothing about living with a writer. I'm also thankful for my great critique partners and for the Highlights Foundation and Kent Brown who made me believe in myself!

  11. So much to be thankful for! Wow, where do i start...

    • I'm thankful to my husband for his support and letting me write full time for as long as we can afford it.

    • I'm thankful to my hands-on agent who's a brilliant story editor and believes in me even when i give up on myself. I'd be lost without her.

    • I'm thankful for my fabulous editor at Harlequin Luna who is so supportive and makes me feel like i really matter.

    • I'm thankful for all my writing buddies who are always there for me, especially the members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

  12. -I'm grateful for cheez its and orange soda. Yes, they help me write.

    -I'm grateful to my brother, who bought me the MP3 player I have so long been begging for. Without that music, I don't think writing would even be possible.

    -I'm thankful for because that's where I discovered my love for writing.

    -And I'm especially thankful for the writers and publishers and editors who take time to post blogs, to share their ups and downs of writings, to help give advice to the aspiring.

  13. I'm thankful for Smart phones that let me stay in touch without lugging my laptop everywhere. Now if I can just figure out all its bells and whistles...