Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Thanksgiving Hero

In my thirty-seven years of giving thanks on the third Thursday of November, it's never occurred to me to include you to my list. Selfish? Probably. But I'm human, and focusing on my own needs/wants is innate to me. Please don't fault me for this. Instead, allow me to publicly salute the great sacrifice that you've made, because as far as I'm concerned, you are the wishbone backbone of Thanksgiving. Without you and your moist, tender, white meat breasts, Thanksgiving would be little more than a plate of carbohydrates served with a side of post-gorging, poor body image and a chaser of tryptophan. 

Yes, it was the pilgrims who braved this new world so many years ago. Surviving famine, disease and intolerable conditions. And since then countless lives have been lost in an effort to maintain the freedoms we enjoy, but it's you, oh great Thanksgiving turkey, who is the real hero of this holiday. May you be celebrated for your commitment to this nation, and enjoyed by every hungry mouth as you rest beside a mound of mashed potatoes and beneath a blanket of gravy. We honor and thank you for your service.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Chin up...you're never alone.

Writing, as we all know, can be a very isolating endeavor. Some days your inbox is completely empty, your Twitter address has formed cobwebs and even your Facebook pals seem to have fallen off the planet. It's just you, your computer, and that bloody cursor that blinks...blinks...BLINKS!! at you, impatiently waiting for literary brilliance to spout from your fingertips like magic. It's days like this when you start digging through your kids trick-or-treat stash, and when the crazy makers in your head convince you of what you already know--that your manuscript sucks.

And it's days like this when you come dangerously close to giving up. But I'm here to tell you that's not an option--EVER. And here's why:

Believe it or not, we're all in this together. Sure we're competing against each other for sales, for agents, for amazing publishing deals. But in the end, we're all pursuing the same passion with the same goal: TO WRITE AND FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO LOVE OUR WORK and because of that, we all want each other to succeed.

So, here's my advice for this election night: If you're feeling in the dumps, send someone an email--tell them you're having a crappy day and demand they tell you a joke to lift your spirits. If your brain hamster (a.k.a. muse) is drunk and tripping over his own fat paws, give a friend a holler--sometimes five minutes of stimulating, other-author convo is just enough to get the slouch back on the wheel and running again. Whatever's got you down, is driving you nuts, or is isolating you to an island you don't want to be on, a friendly, encouraging ear is really never that far away.

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