On Friday Fun last week we all did a gratitude post. Since it is the day before Thanksgiving, I thought I’d hit the theme again.
Did anyone else do a Gratitude Journal after reading Simple Abundance? It called for writing down five things you are truly grateful for daily. No matter what the day was like. For me, the journaling ceased, but the practice hasn’t. So, let me take a moment and make a list for my writing life. I am grateful for:
- This blog, and the amazing blog calendar that keeps me on track to post every two weeks.
- My blogmates.
- Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and Sisters in Crime New England. In other words, my in person and on line mystery writing community.
- My fellow board members for Sisters in Crime New England. We are a volunteer group, but the dedication is formidable.
- The New England Crime Bake. A three day writers’ conference that always inspires and rejuvenates me.
- Level Best Books. My short story, “Her Wish”, was included in Dead Calm, their new anthology. We did a signing at Crime Bake, another thrill.
- Writing mentors who give you criticism and support.
- DropBox. My novel is with me all the time, no matter which computer I am using. And it is backed up.
- Computers. Not necessarily for first drafts, but definitely for revisions.
- Friends and family who are willing to be first readers of my work.
- P.D. James. Not only is she still going well into her 90′s, but she released a Jane Austen mash-up called Death Comes to Pemberley. On my holiday reading list.
- NaNoWriMo. Though it is kicking me in the butt, I am writing. And finding time to write. And for that I am grateful.
- You. For reading, commenting, following and supporting this blog. Thank you!
A baker’s dozen of gratitude. An incomplete list, but one I will continue to work on through the holidays.
Happy Thanksgiving dear readers.
J.A. Hennrikus J.A. (Julie) Hennrikus is the Executive Director of StageSource. She is a mystery writer who will have her story “Her Wish” published by Level Best Books this fall. She is a huge social media fan, and tweets under @JulieHennrikus. She wrestles with allusions of athleticism, is an avid theatre goer and a proud member of Red Sox nation. Her website is jahennrikus.com. Her short story, “Tag, You’re Dead” was published by Level Best Books in Thin Ice, an anthology of crime stories by New England writers. Julie is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppies. She is a board member of the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime.