After staying awake 40+ hours in a row (not intentionally, but because life marched on and the phone kept ringing when I tried to sleep), I’m giving thankfulness a bleary-eyed try this week. I’m thankful for:
- A clean, comfortable bed
- The safety to close my eyes without worrying whether someone will attack me
- Sunshine with its life-sustaining powers
- Caffeine to get me through the long stretches
- My Bluetooth
- Editors who teach, cheerlead, and (if necessary) scold (gently)
- A kick-you-know-what team shaping up for Spank or Treat 2014. This will be the 3rd Annual Spank or Treat, the event that started the entire spanking fiction fun. The theme this year will be witches/warlocks. Are you excited? 😀
- Track changes so I don’t have to print out every single draft of my manuscripts. I am sure the trees are thankful, too.
- A fun and invigorating handbell rehearsal
- Learning a new Mother Goose nursery rhyme, Polly Flinders. How many of you know this one? Google it (not the clothes brand), and you might see why I like it. 😀
- (Knock on wood) Editing for Taliasman is going well! I love learning how to hone my writing with each editing pass.
- Ana Adored is coming along well, too! I am proud of both of these stories, in different ways. Ana Adored tackles a difficult subject (same-sex domestic violence) that I initially discussed in my Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia post. Taliasman addresses the issue of gender-shaming, and I am proud of its message of love and acceptance. I hope readers will walk away from these stories feeling happier, more secure, and better able to have faith in humanity.
- Thankful for editors and co-authors who don’t kill me. You know who you are. 😀
- The fun of choosing, writing, mailing, and hearing that travel postcards were received. For 25 cents (postcard) plus tax and 34 cents postage, I get to send a smile. Too bad international postcards cost as much as international letters, though.
Today, for Thankfulness, I’d like to issue a challenge/invitation. Won’t you consider mailing a postcard, greeting card, or snail mail letter? It gave me such joy to hear the postcards were received, and it cheered me up. I bet it will do the same for you. Who’d like to make the commitment to send one postcard, greeting card, or snail mail letter this week? No e-cards. 😀 Real, old-fashioned correspondence.