2187 … Giving Thanks …


Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce …yes, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It’s not only the food that makes me smile, but the chance to be with my family. My baby sister who lives about 1,000 miles away, has come home for the holidays.  My oldest nephew, who is in the middle of his freshman year at PACE University, is on a train headed back to Jersey. And I’m going to my daughter’s house, where I, as I mentioned before, will be a guest. <big grin> 

However, I am taking my netbook with me and a few of my favorite things: An empty journal, plenty of pens and Beverly Jenkins’ newest book, “Night Hawk.”  

In between, food and games and catching up with friends and family, I might just carve out a scene or two of my WIP, (oh, wow …really, no pun intended) or start Chapter 1 of what I KNOW will be another one of Ms. Bev’s blockbuster books.

To everyone, enjoy the day. Enjoy yourselves.



Reflecting and giving thanks …

Thanksgiving in the United States is usually the point when most people recognize that the current year is winding down. However, I think Thanksgiving is also a time when many of us reflect and give thanks for things in our lives and the lives of our family and friends.

On a personal note, I’m happy to be a year older, and yes wiser. I know that in the publishing industry, which is relatively new to me, there are people who know more about it than I do—authors, industry experts, writers conference speakers, contest judges and agents. I’m thankful that I’ve taken their advice by continuing to learn the business. It continues to be an education worth having.

I’m thankful that I’m at a point in my life where I can take on an endeavor such as writing romance novels. It’s been put on the back burner for quite some time, due to day job responsibilities and family, but now it’s my turn to let loose all the stories that have been hibernating on my hard drive.

I’m indebted to my family who put up with my craziness—locking myself in the room and not answering the phone until a chapter is finished.

I’m thankful for my critiquing partner, Louise, who always wants more and puts up with my meltdowns, listens to my rants and raves, and then tells me to, “keep writing.” I’m thankful for my good friends, Sharon and Diane, who will journey to New Jersey the minute I get “the call” to come party with me.

I’m grateful for the many people I have met, who have expressed interest in my work, and tell me to hurry and get the #%@$# book published.

I’m thankful to everyone who reads this blog. You rock!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.