Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: Inspired by last week’s Thanksgiving holiday, we’d like to know what are you most thankful for in your writing life. What experience or event, growth or success, discovery or support has given you the most joy this year?
Julie Hennrikus: Well, as a writer, this year I have so much to be grateful for. My book contract. My writing friends who have been amazing cheerleaders and supporters throughout this process. The readers of this blog and Wicked Cozy Authors–what a joy it is to connect with these communities. Sisters in Crime. Scrivener. Much to be grateful for, and I am.
Jamie Wallace: I am grateful for having the means and making the time to take the Grub Street Fiction I class I recently completed. Thanks to our teacher KL Pereira and my fellow students, I came away from my eight classes feeling inspired, energized, and excited about what comes next.
I am also extremely grateful to be part of the Live to Write – Write to Live community of writers and readers. I have had such a wonderful time writing and sharing this year’s “weekend edition” posts. It is truly one of the most treasured parts of my week – putting those posts together and then getting to read all your thoughtful, insightful, and funny comments. It feels like home. Thank you.
Finally, I am thankful for all the small pleasures – bedtime stories with my daughter, the company of my two cats, chocolate-flavored tea, a beautiful view of sky and river outside my desk window … each of these bits of magic in my day and life are what make it all worthwhile.
Deborah Lee Luskin: Like Jamie, I’m grateful for this community of writers and readers. It’s an honor to write to Live to Write – Write to Live and a privilege to have readers like you. Thank you.
Wendy Thomas: hate to sound like a broken record, but as a writer, it’s the writing community for which I am eternally grateful. I have some pretty Kick-a** friends who are keeping me on the straight and sometimes narrow path toward publication. Whenever I say to myself that it can’t be done, I’ll never be where I want to go, there’s always a little bird in my ear whispering, “no worries, you’ve got this, I believe in you.” My writing community asks questions, challenges what I do, and keeps track of my goals. Having someone cheer you on is priceless and I’m fortunate to have so many friends who very freely do just that.
Lisa J. Jackson: I’ll say “ditto the above”, but sincerely, this blog has been an immense inspiration to me, giving me a weekly deadline for posts and having you, the readers, commenting and letting me (and all of us) know you’re finding the blog inspirational and useful is something I’m wildly grateful for. I’m also enthusiastically thankful so the variety of writing opportunities that have come to me this year from various avenues – I’ve really learned what I enjoy doing as a business writer. Sisters in Crime and being with a couple hundred mystery authors at New England Crime Bake in November was icing on the year in regard to my fiction writing. I look forward to a lot more writing inspirations to be thankful for in 2015, too!