Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, writing-related question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: … or should I say For What Are You Thankful? Anyway, Thanksgiving is next week. Why or for what are you giving thanks? As a writer? And if you can separate the two, as a person?
WendyThomas: We’ve been dealing with some significant health issues with the kids, put that on top of losing two of our dogs this year, and things have been a bit on the rough side. What am I thankful for? That things aren’t worse. Yup, go ahead and call me Pollyanna. Times are tough, some of us can’t do what we want to do right now, but at least we’re here and well enough to complain I can’t tell you how I’m looking so forward to a few days with the family when we can put our feet up, relax, play a few games or watch a movie, and just generally give thanks that we’re all back together, a flock come home to roost.
Deborah Lee Luskin: As a writer, I’m thankful for a supportive family and the time to write, my writing studio, and my stubborn nature, which has kept my writing fire glowing during the baby years – and on fire now. Love those hot-flashes of middle age!
Julie Hennrikus: I have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. I am grateful for a mind that keeps inspiring me to tell stories, and technology, especially my Dropbox, that allows me to work almost anywhere. I have a wonderful writing community (including SinCNE and my NHWN blogmates) that keeps me going when I lose faith. Last weekend I was part of a launch for Dead Calm, the new Level Best Books anthology, home of “Her Wish”, my second published short story. For that I am truly grateful.
Jamie Lee Wallace: I’m grateful for the steady stream of opportunities that keep walking in my door as if hand delivered by the Universe. Though I am not yet a successful novelist, I am entering my fifth year of being self-employed and my third year of making my living doing what I love: writing. I’m grateful for the flexibility this sometimes crazy lifestyle provides – giving me more time to share with my daughter. I’m grateful that said daughter is, at age seven-and-a-half starting to develop not only a love of reading, but a genuine interest in writing her own stories. I’m grateful for all the writers in my life – the ones I read, the ones I write alongside, and the ones with whom I simply share a passion for all things literary. Many happy returns this Thanksgiving season!
Lisa J. Jackson: I’m thankful for all my writing friends (and, yes, that phrase goes to the tune of “All My Rowdy Friends”). I’m still coming off the high from attending last week’s New England Crime Bake – hanging out for 3 days with mystery writers, readers, agents, editors, and publishers – and guests of honor Barry Eisler and Nancy Pickard – is a great way to get inspired and motivated. I’m thankful for new opportunities such as TEDx adventures that allow me to go behind the scenes at the FBI in Boston, and behind bars at a House of Correction to speak to inmates. I love writing and sharing and am grateful for being able to share with others.