We’re headed south for Thanksgiving on Thursday, to spend the holiday with family. I’m very fortunate that I not only have family, but that I like them, too. I know that many folks live with relatives who don’t support their desire to write, and make the dream that much harder to achieve with the neverending chatter about having a real job to pay the bills and not putting so much attention toward a hobby and all that. I also know that many people are living in shelters or their cars, because their families won’t take them in, or they have none at all. Sure, mine is going to start hounding me about when the next book will be ready, or wondering why I don’t write something that becomes a bestseller, but really, that’s a nice thing, too.
Speaking of jobs to pay bills while I struggle toward success, I am thankful that I found my position in the library. People who love books cannot work anyplace better than a library (okay, a book store runs a pretty close second.) I get to talk to people about books all day. I see new titles before my patrons do, and I can check out way more than the patron limit. Then there are the quiet days… I can sit and write at work, and no one thinks I’m slacking off. I like most of the people with whom I work, and I get summers off to stay home. No, I don’t make a fortune, but I do well enough.
I’m thankful that I have an agent to represent me, and that she was able to sell my first book to my dream publisher. I’m thankful that my cover art didn’t send me screaming into the streets. I’m thankful that readers liked the book enough to send me kind emails, especially the ones that arrived on days when I was not feeling good about myself. I’m thankful that the South Carolina Association of School Librarians thought highly enough of the book to nominate it for the Young Adult Award for this year. I’m thankful that I managed to sell back my advance, and receive my very first royalty check not long ago. I’m thankful for my old friends from my writing group, without whom I would never have even tried to write a novel, and for my Magical Words friends who teach me something new with every post. Most of all, I’m thankful that I am living a life filled with words and stories.
For me, there’s just nothing better.