Happy Thanksgiving :)
Yes, I'm Irish, and no, we don't celebrate it, but many of the American blogs I read had lovely uplifting posts this morning. Nathan Bransford asks what we are thankful for in the world of writing/publishing/querying, and Jessica Faust over at Bookends LLC has written a wonderful post in thanksgiving for books.
All of which has put me in a very good mood, so I'm going to take a very un-Irish moment out of my morning to mention some of the things I'm thankful for.
1. Writing is still fun. Most of the time.
2. The writing group I have been thinking of starting for ages has its first meeting in the New Year.
3. The writing group is, so far, composed of very cool writers who like tea as much as I do.
4. I still haven't given up on my novel, in spite of the difficulties. Rosie's story may yet have an ending.
5. There are so many great resources available for writers now that weren't there ten, or even five, years ago. Agent blogs, message boards, online critique forums, all kinds of cool stuff.
6. There are so many great books being written (some by the aforementioned cool writers who like tea). Every time I go online or talk to someone, it seems that I become aware of a new, excellent book to read.
7. I have a great support network for my writing - far better than I deserve.
8. And then there's the personal stuff - family, friends, loved ones, home, Dublin, tea, music, knitting, the fact I haven't wrapped any of the three cars I drive regularly around anything solid (yet), the fact London is still reassuringly there across the Irish sea, all full of bookshops and museums and cafes and red buses, material comforts, and too many other things to name.
Also, I discovered two nights ago that one of my old bosses has the ability to make obstacles vanish and create miracles in their place. I'm thankful she's on my side. . . !
Normal Hiberno-begrudgery will resume shortly.