It’s been a wild ride since LOL Day and the announcement of Ana’s Advent Calendar 2013, hasn’t it?
First and foremost, I’d like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who has stopped by to say hello in the past few weeks, either as part of LOL Day or regular/new visitors to this blog and Kat-Sitting. You have made me smile, given me new things to think about, and brightened each day. No matter how busy I get, I am going to try hard to be more present in blogland.
Speaking of blogland, thank you also to everyone who has welcomed me on your blog. The emails, social media exchanges, and other private correspondence in addition to the warm public welcomes have been fantastic. In the spirit of LOL Day, so many people have opened up their blogging home to me as a guest and said, “Sit down. Pull up a chair, and make yourself comfortable.” I may not think exactly like you or speak exactly the way you wish to be spoken to, but you accept the gesture of friendship and reciprocate with your own. Thank you so much. It’s worth the extra few minutes here and there to pop around and say hello. I respect the many blog hosts who create a friendly environment for everyone, not just their bosom buddies. I sincerely hope that if you are here for the first time (or even lurking for a long time), I can make you feel as welcome.
Thank you to Roz for reminding me I was the first to comment on her blog. I had no idea! It’s been so long, and you have become so well-established here, that I forget you were once a newcomer. Isn’t that how it always is, though? We were all new once.
Thank you to Write or Die, an evil writing program that forces me to concentrate when I’d rather be zoning off in a million distractions. I dusted off the software today and wrote a promising start to a sequel for Desire in Any Language. Finally, we’ll get to see what happens in Mira and Hana’s happily ever after!
Thank you to everyone who has left such sweet comments on Kat and Natalie’s recent stories. Reader feedback is the most wonderful part of writing, and I’m delighted that you are enjoying their new adventures.
Thank you also to the (as of this writing) 78 donors contributing 127 books, $175 in gift certificates, and $400 in prizes for Ana’s Advent Calendar 2013. Hooray! My goal is to send every single player home with a prize this year. If you achieve perfect attendance, you are guaranteed a book as a prize. 🙂 Remember that perfect attendance means commenting every day on the day of the post (the exact time deadline may change in order to accommodate international readers).
Thank you to everyone who has liked the Advent Calendar Facebook page, followed @MistressClaus on Twitter, and posted the sidebar button and/or banner on your blog or website. You may receive extra entries in the prize drawing. 🙂 Preliminary registration will open on Monday.
Thank you to Kate Richards, the fifth helper elf who did not get mentioned in the thanks earlier this week. Oops!
Thank you to Candy Crush for keeping my mind occupied when I am frustrated that writing is not going my way.
Thank you to my neighbors who turned down their loud music and apologized for disturbing me late at night. Civility can no longer be taken for granted, and I certainly do not.
Thank you for loved ones who reach out to me, ask me how I’m doing, respect my boundaries, and support me. I couldn’t do any of this without you.
Last but not least, thank YOU for reading this! What are you thankful for today?