With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season ramping up, I’m taking a break from writing short stories this month. Instead, in honor of Thanksgiving, I’m sharing my list (in no particular order) of people and things for which I’m thankful, from my writer’s point of view:
- All my teachers from grade school through college who found a way to encourage and inspire me to write. They taught me the fundamentals I use to this day.
- My editor Kelly Bixby. Her passion for grammar and the written word keeps pushing me to improve my writing.
- Deadwood Writers Voices as a forum for sharing my work. Having this commitment gives me a regular deadline to meet so I actually produce something.
- Everyone who reads my writing on DWV as well as people who leave comments. You help me know someone is out there participating in my experience.
- Grace Black and Ink In Thirds magazine for publishing one of my poems in the October 2016 issue. It’s a powerful feeling to hear the word “accepted” instead of “rejected.”
- My cat Calder. He makes writing not so solitary, especially when he thinks my fingers—typing on the keyboard—are toys to bite or swat at with his paws.
- The physical therapists who are getting my shoulder back into shape. Typing and using the mouse for long periods of time is still a challenge, but my stamina is increasing.
- The Deadwood Writers critique group. Your support, friendship, feedback, and encouragement are invaluable.