You likely all know by now that I’m Canadian, (eh) which means I had my Thanksgiving last month. So I’ve already been through the “I’m thankful for my family and friends and for where I live and my book deal and all my blessings, yadda, yadda, yadda” stuff. So I thought I’d do a little twist on the Things I’m Thankful for theme and give a shout out to the little, seemingly insignificant things that I am yet thankful for, especially as a writer.
- First, I am thankful for holidays. *blissful sigh*For those of you who follow us Debs daily (and I’m very thankful for you all VERY MUCH), you may have noticed I was scarce last
week. That’s because I was on a cruise with my husband. I had such a wonderful time at sea, and for that I am VERY THANKFUL1. I heartily believe that vacations are necessary for purging and rebooting the brain. I snorkeled and read a lot and even watched a bunch of movies, including CRAZY STUPID LOVE2 and MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. I didn’t write for a week, even though I am at a pivotal spot in a manuscript I’m working on. I had hoped to finish the first draft before leaving on holidays, but that didn’t happen. Even so, I returned from my time away RARING TO GO and ready to jump back into my project. I even sorted out a bunch of tricky plot points while I was away, which is a great bonus.
- I’m also so thankful for computers so I don’t have to type on an old-school typewriter, or *gasp* write longhand. There are still people out there who write this way. Some people call them romantics or purists. I call them nuts3.
- I’m thankful for another essential item in most every writer’s toolkit: coffee. ‘nuff said, right?
- The find/replace functions in Word get a lot of use from me (another reason why I appreciate my computer so much—I can’t imagine manually finding words in pages of printed manuscript sheets). I use find/replace if I need to change a character’s name (like when I name two people in a book Andy) or when I need to find all the extraneous words like ‘that’ and ‘just’ or when I need to replace my double spaces after a period with a single. I will never break this habit, so I just deal with it after the fact.
- I’m thankful for sleep. No, really. I woke up one morning with the title for SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE4 in my head. About a year later, I wrote the book. And, well, you all know how that turned out. I also woke up one morning about a year ago, having dreamed that I wrote a particularly bizarre book, complete with several ridiculous plot points. And you know what? I wrote that book and totally love it, despite how weird and off the wall it is. I hope to sell it someday (I’ll keep you posted).
- I am very thankful for Post-it notes. I think most writers feel blessed to have these little things in our lives. If you saw the picture of my office, you know about my love affair with these indispensable little things. Thank you, Art Fry.
- I’m thankful for puppy’s chew toys, so I can get some good chunks of writing done. This may seem really trivial, but a bored puppy is a very distracting puppy, and despite long hikes and seemingly very tiring sessions of ball-play, puppy’s energy is restored after only short power naps.
- Romance novels. I’m serious. I’ve never been a lover of the classics or great literature (whatever that means, but usually it’s the stuff people study in university courses), but I do love reading. I’m an escapist reader and depend on stories to entertain me and take me outside my life and just make me feel good. Romances, and most recently, historical romances, give me that little break I need in life. This helps me focus and regroup, because like holidays, everyone needs little breaks now and then.
I could probably go on and on, because let’s face it, I’m thankful for a lot of things, both big and small, but I’d rather hear about your little things. What small conveniences or foods or whatever are you thankful for? Writing-related or otherwise?
1. I also didn’t fall down and cut my legs open this time, bleeding so much that I filled up a sock with my own blood, to where my husband thought it was funny to stage-whisper about the shark that did it and how delicious I must have tasted. Okay, admission time—I actually did fall down on this trip, but it was on a slippery deck and I just bruised my knee a little, so I’ll call that a vast improvement over last year, and for that, I’m thankful, too.
2. I am also thankful for Ryan Gosling. That is, I was, until I just Googled him and found out that he shares my birthday, except he’s a decade younger than me. I’m pretty sure that makes me a cougar, so never mind. I guess I’m thankful for Steve Carell, who is an appropriate 8 years older.
3. If you are one of these people, I don’t mean to offend, I just don’t get it. Feel free to enlighten me—honestly—I’d love to hear about why/how you do this.
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