Before I get to thankfulness (or, rather, as a special nod of thankfulness), I’d like to give a special shout-out to some wonderful friends who have written a post about The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus, due out on Saturday. Thank you. Thank you very much for taking the time to support me. I know that not all of your readers (or mine, for that matter) are interested in spanking stories, and it’s a risk to put up what essentially amounts to an advertisement on a personal blog. That you used your considerable influence and readership to highlight my book means more than I can say.
- Bas wrote this creative, clever, and absolutely delightful history of Sinterklaas and Santa Claus to explain how Mrs. Claus came into the picture. *I* even knew the story, and he had me reading with bated breath. What a storyteller! Bas, I’m sorry that you don’t have more lines in the story.
- Minelle wrote this *ahem* VERY creative interpretation about my supposed naughtiness. It’s not true, I tell you! However, it is true that she needs a spanking.
- Penelope wrote this cute promotional post, complete with a reminder that naughty girls do need a spanking. Is there a reason that you know this, Penny? 😉
- Thank you to Lillie for posting the cover on her blog.
I’m very sorry for the inconvenience, but for some reason the “buy link” for Blushing is not working. I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m sorry that you won’t be able to pre-order for the moment, and I certainly hope it’s fixed soon. I’ll let everyone know as soon as I find out anything.
As to the (additional) thankfulnesses, after Tuesday’s “Blue Christmas” post I wanted to go back to the basics. One of my very favorite sayings, and one that inspired me through many Thursdays when I struggled to find things to be thankful about, is the theme for today.
“What if you woke up today with only the things you said ‘thank you’ for yesterday?”
So my list of thankfulnesses today:
- A safe, warm home
- Food in my refrigerator (and, incidentally, a refrigerator to keep food from spoiling)
- Clothes that are clean, in good condition, and the right size
- Work to do that gives me a sense of purpose
- Readers who make me laugh, smile, and “aw” at the clever, poignant, and silly things that you say
- An internet connection and a computer
- Electricity, lighting, heat/air-conditioning, warm running water, and the funds to pay for these conveniences
- Access to medical care
- A car and gas to put in the tank
- Fun “extras” that go beyond my basic necessities: books to read, games to play, new Christmas slippers to wear…
- The chance to write stories professionally and share these stories with others
- Friends who cheer me up, support me, and when necessary suggest ways to re-think what’s going on
- Friends and readers who indulge me in my various whims, whether it’s a friendly rivalry (go Team Ana!) or a moment to reflect on losses or some ultra-silly meaninglessness
Thank you. Will you please share with us something you are thankful for today?