Thursday, January 5, 2012


It's that time again--resolution time! I was trying to decide yesterday what writing-related things to work on in the New Year, when I realized that, before I start berating myself for what I'm not doing, I should be thankful for what I do have. Maybe this post should have come at Thanksgiving, but I can't do anything the normal way, can I? So, pre-resolution, the writing things I'm thankful for. (Warning: cheesiness ahead...)

*The fact that I have time to write. I have a job that keeps me busy, but also allows a little time off occasionally for writing. I also don't have kids, and I know that leaves me way more free time than a lot of people have, and I'm super grateful for that and am working on using that time wisely.

*My friends, family, and especially my hubby, who at least pretend that they don't think publishing a book is a crazy goal. I'm sure my hubby gets tired of hearing me agonize over what, exactly, my MC would say to her love interest in chapter 16, but he never complains, and for that I'm lucky.

*Writing friends. I've made such a great group of writing friends in such a short time, and I'm so thankful for them! Just a few of them:

-Leigh Ann-Gina-Chessie for accepting me into the club, :) and for always being willing to send me their newest kissing scenes to lift my spirits. For lovely presents, and 100+ emails in a day, and pictures of shirtless boys, and #lineswelove, and a whole bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with writing, and the fact that, despite all the love, we’re willing and able to rip each other’s manuscripts to shreds to make them shine. 

-Seabrooke, who gave me a huge boost of confidence when she read the book in 2 days, and then made it a lot better by pointing out a zillion and one things I’d never even considered, and for having a ton of confidence in my book and letting me read her new stuff immediately! And for being multi-talented! Stellan, as drawn by Seabrooke: 

-My real life critique group. Maybe we don’t get as much work done as we could, but when we’re laughing at all the hilarious and (mostly) unintentional innuendo in my book, or convincing another member to make a character “more like Kim Kardashian,” I remember that writing is supposed to be fun, and that’s invaluable.  

-Sari, who was the very first person ever to see any of my writing, and whose suggestions and encouragement made my MS an entirely different book from those early drafts. 

-All the other awesome writer buddies I’ve met online (and all the people I'm sure I've forgotten to mention). Writers are the coolest group of people, and one of the things I’m looking forward to most in 2012 is getting to know more writers better. 

Happy 2012, everyone! 


  1. Isn't the writing community just the best! :)

    Good for you for doing a little reflection. We all need to do that more I think.

  2. Nawww, thanks Maggie! I'm glad I've been able to help you get the story to where it is (even though your first drafts were already disgustingly good). I have to say, I definitely wouldn't be where I am writing wise without you either. So thank you for being such a truly awesome critique partner!

  3. Kelley--I know, right? So many cool people!

    Sari--This reminds me, I'm still looking forward to reading your new first chapters...(nudge nudge)

  4. Awww, so sweet! This made me smile :)

  5. Thanks for the wonderful kind words, Maggie! For my part I consider myself lucky to have been found by such an awesome writer. Not only did your writing and story totally rock (which is by no means a given when making a post calling for potential CPs) - as evidenced by my two-day read time (you're the only CP whose MS I've blown through so fast! Couldn't put it down!) - but you give really thoughtful, useful and valuable critique. Not to mention that you seem to connect to my writing in a way most of my other CPs don't. So yay for Maggie! I'm really thankful for you, too.

  6. Hehe ... *sheeping face* Ok, I'll try get them done today. Thanks for the nudge!