Thank You, Dear Readers

In the United States, yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. A day of feasting and football and parades and giving thanks. And after a week of cleaning and cooking, it is a day when I collapse into an exhausted heap. But I had to rouse myself enough to say thank you.  I’m grateful to you, my readers, for your support. A write works alone at her craft for hours and hours. It’s a solitude that I (as an introverted introvert) enjoy. But, I write my stories for people to read so your comments, your likes, your stars, and your reviews mean a lot to me, to writers like me. And I act a little like this… Okay, some days I act a lot like that. But honestly, I value every one of you and every response you make. Thank you. Lest you think I’m only grateful for writerly things, here are a few posts from the past:  20 Weird Things I’m Grateful For Thankful for What We Cannot See Connections: Nature Beauty Gratitude Remember and Be Grateful And here are some of my favorite “gratitude” lines from books I’ve read. Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could […]

Remember and Be Grateful

It’s November. In the United States, that means Thanksgiving Day is coming. It’s a month, and a day, known for overeating, for much-hyped sports, for writers meeting crazy deadlines, for parades, and for Black Friday shopping. Am I saying those are bad things? Heck no. But they are signs that November can be crazy busy. In fact, many of us stay crazy busy all year. It just gets crazier in November (and December, too). But whatever your religion or the country where you live, remember and be grateful.  If your month of Thanksgiving isn’t in November, you can still practice gratefulness. Get a jar or a bowl and designate it the bowl or the jar of thanks. Each day, beginning or end, write a note of thanks. (See the Art of Thank You). If that’s too much, write the date and one or two words that will help you remember what you chose to be grateful for that day. Sometimes, when you’ve had a bad day, it might be difficult to find something to give thanks for.  Quotes About Gratitude Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your […]

Thank You for Celebrating With Me

Thank you for celebrating with me. Your tweets and retweets and shares of my One Year Anniversary and Giveaway were awesome.  It’s Not Hard, But It Is Writing novels is not physically difficult. Some days it’s emotionally draining. Other days, it might be hard on the backside. And some days it’s a slog. But I find tremendous rewards in putting the words on paper (or screen).  Why I Write I write because books inspired me, gave me hope, and gave me dreams when I needed them. Repaying that debt by paying it forward to other readers is important to me. I didn’t expect how indebted I would be to readers.  Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. ~Lionel Hampton You have given me many memories stored in my heart. Readers and comments here on this blog, fill my heart with gratitude. I am grateful for every review of my books. And sales mean more than money. I feel a bit like Sally Field gushing at the Oscars, “You like me. You really like me.” Every sale, every review, every comment, every website page viewed fills me with an awareness of how blessed I am to […]