Happy Thanksgiving

For those of you who celebrate, I’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Take this time to recharge your creative battery.

I have a lot to be thankful for in my writing life.  I have a manuscript due 12/23 and two rewrite requests coming “momentarily.”  I’m just hoping that each editor means something slightly different when they say that!

What about recharging? I’m taking time off today to celebrate.  And tomorrow.  And Sunday.  I don’t know if this is just a MidWest thing but our Thanksgiving celebration stretches across Thanksgiving Weekend. So for the next several days I’ll be meeting this deadline but I will also be having a lot of family time.

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday.  See you on Monday.

–SueBE

A Writer’s Gratitude

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There are so many things that I’m thankful for as a working writer. This isn’t a ranked list but I now consistently put #1 at the top.

1. My health

Just over a year ago, I developed a tendon problem in one wrist. I actually didn’t know or crochet for about 9 months. I was wondering if I would have to give up using my keyboard. It took occupational therapy for me to put it more-or-less behind me. But I’m going to say that I am much more aware of those little twinges and tingles than I used to be. Don’t take your hand health for granted.

2. My writing community

You hear a lot about the toxicity of social media. Honestly, I’ve encountered very little of it but I spend 90% of my time among other writers. This doesn’t mean that I’ve encountered none and a recent confrontation left me very grateful for my community. That means all of you, my community at WOW! Women on Writing, and my writing friends on Twitter. It’s great to have people who will hold me up when I need support and who cheer me on. Speaking of which, I’m also grateful for . . .

3. My family

Not every writer has the support of their family. My husband and son are both marvelously supportive as are my in-laws although my father-in-law doesn’t periodically stump me with a basic, “What are you working on?” He’s learned that goofy introvert that I am, I may need five or ten minutes to frame an answer. I’ve also got the support of my church family and that too means a lot. There’s one other writer in the mix but this group of engineers, accountants and more are a great sounding board and support system.

4. Technology

I’m also grateful to be working as a writer in the time of home computers vs the time of typewriters. I’m an awful typist and I can’t imagine having to create perfection on the typed page. I am simply that bad in spite of the typing class that I took in school. I came up in that overlap between computers and typewriters and I can tell you which one I prefer!

5. My editors and publishers

This list would not be complete without including the editors and publishers with which I’ve worked. I’ve learned something from each and every one of them and grown in the process. I’m not going to claim every lesson has been pleasant. The reality is that no one is suited to every type of writing and sometimes the lesson is that something is a very bad match. But that’s okay. Because I’ve also found several very good matches.

And for that and so much more, I am deeply grateful.

–SueBE

Happy Thanksgiving

For those of you who celebrate, I’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Take this time to recharge your creative battery.

I have a lot to be thankful for in my writing life.  This week book #36 is due tomorrow.

Once I get this done, I’ll be back to my middle grade science fiction novel.  I’ve really been enjoying writing fiction.

What about recharging? I’m taking time off today to celebrate.  And tomorrow.  And Saturday.  I don’t know if this is just a MidWest thing but our Thanksgiving celebration stretches across Thanksgiving Weekend. So for the next several days I’ll be meeting this deadline but I will also be having family time.

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday.  See you on Monday.

–SueBE

Happy Thanksgiving

For those of you who celebrate, I’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  It goes without saying that 2020 will be a different kind of Thanksgiving for most of us.

That said, we still have so many reasons to give thanks.  My husband is working from home – we now share an office.  But he is working.

My son is once again employed.  He’s been out of work for several months but is not tutoring.  It is online but it is for the college.  So he gets paid to hold office hours and to make tutorial videos.  He’s pretty jazzed and I know it is something he does well.

Me?  I interviewed for an exciting opportunity yesterday.  I’ve got two nonfiction pieces to finish up this weekend for High Five.  I’m also working up a new class and working on that middle grade science fiction novel.

2020 has been tough but my family is still blessed.  I hope you, my writing friends, are well and have many reasons to give thanks.

–SueBE

Thankful Thanksgiving

For those of you who celebrate, I’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Take this time to recharge your creative battery.

I have a lot to be thankful for in my writing life.  I just finished a rewrite on book #27.  And about two weeks ago a publisher contacted me about writing for them.  I sent in my sample yesterday.  We’ll see if I have some news to report next week!

I’m also thankful that my writing accountability group talked me into doing NaNoWriMo as a rebel.  My goal was for an outline of my mystery and then working on my draft, updating to fit the new outline and adding new scenes.  I’ve got about 21,000 words at this point.  Fingers crossed that I can get 4000 more words in the next three days.

What about recharging? I don’t really have a choice — and that’s a good thing!  I don’t know if this is just a MidWest thing but our Thanksgiving celebration stretches across Thanksgiving Weekend.

Thursday, we have dessert with my Dad and dinner with my sister and her family.

Friday we’re doing dinner with my turkey hating in-laws.  Think appetizers, soup buffet and dessert.

Saturday is just a regular day – thankfully.  Because I will be baking for Sunday.

Sunday is Thankful dinner with a friend who has no family in town.  Turkey, cranberries, home baked bread, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie.

So I’m going to be stepping away from my computer, except for NaNo writing, and spending some time with my family, knitting, walking on the treadmill and knitting.

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday.  See you on Monday.

–SueBE

 

Happy Thanksgiving

For those of you who celebrate, I’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  Take the time to recharge your creative battery.

I don’t know if this is just a MidWest thing but our Thanksgiving day tends to stretch into Thanksgiving Weekend.  Thursday, we have dessert with my Dad and dinner with my sister and her family.

Friday we’re doing dinner here before my son has to work.

Saturday is lunch with a college friend.

Sunday after church we will have dinner with my husband’s turkey-despising family.

And I have two rewrites for two different books, both under contract. How much work will I get done on either of these project.  Probably not an awful lot because, like I said, Thanksgiving lasts the entire four day weekend.

But that’s okay.  Writing is a career that I love but you definitely need to take a break every now and again so that you have the energy to create.  See you on Monday!

–SueBE

Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgiving-vintage-1772596_1280For those of you who celebrate, I’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  Take the time to recharge your creative battery.

I don’t know if this is just a MidWest thing but our Thanksgiving day tends to stretch into Thanksgiving Weekend.  Thursday, we have dessert with my Dad and dinner with my sister and her family.

Friday (don’t tell anyone), we have no plans.

Saturday we’ll be putting up Christmas decorations at church, going to lunch with the crew, and then cooking our own Thanksgiving dinner.  This is how you deal with it when you are the only people in the larger family who like the traditional dishes.

Sunday after church we will have dinner with my husband’s turkey-despising family.

I will eat.  I will knit. I will hang greenery.  And hopefully I will come back ready to write!  Writing is a career that I love but you definitely need to take a break every now and again so that you have the energy to create.

–SueBE

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy ThanksgivingFor those of you who are in the US like I am, today is Thanksgiving Day.

We’re always warned not to make assumptions during the holidays.  Don’t assume that everyone has a loving family to spend time with.  Don’t assume that everyone enjoys this time of year.

I understand that but I’m still going to make an assumption.  I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this that you are a writer or are interested in writing.  I’d like to encourage you to spend a few moments in contemplation and consider this — what are you thankful for in the writing realm?

I am thankful that I make my living as a writer.  Yes, part of this is due to hard work on my part, but not all of it.  There are a lot of hard working writers who don’t have a supportive spouse.  I am thankful that I have a spouse who supports this way of life even if he doesn’t always “get it.”

I am thankful for my co-author Duchess Harriss.  Whenever I write a book for Red Line, they bring in an expert to evaluate my work.  Not surprisingly, someone with a greater depth of knowledge then I posess always comes up with something that needs to be changed.  Duchess is a step beyond this.  She took ownership of the book in a way that none of the other experts have done and immediately saw what it could be.  Thank you to Duchess for helping Black Lives Matter be that book, definitely a step above and beyond the book I had created on my own.

Last but not least, I am thankful for the online writing community.  When I started writing, I was one woman sitting in her kitchen with an electric typewriter or working on the PC in my spare bedroom.  I hadn’t gotten involved in the internet to any great extent and blogging wasn’t a thing.  Now I’m part of a vibrant, giving community.  I’d like to thank all of you for that.

I definitely have plenty of reasons to be thankful.  I hope that you do too.

–SueBE