This time last year (well, the equivalent weekend, if not the date), we were having Thanksgiving dinner with one of my best friends and her family. We were only three days away from the moving truck arriving and taking all our worldly goods down to Texas. We spent the next three days frantically trying to finish up packing and figuring out what was going in the car, what was going in the truck, and what was going in the trash. It was a bit frenetic to say the least. And we were still packing when the moving truck arrived.
Now we are celebrating our first Thanksgiving in Texas and I couldn’t be more thankful. It’s been a stressful, but good year for us. We are living in a good neighborhood, we’ve made new friends, we’ve been exploring the area and found lots of good brew pubs, great barbeque, excellent Mexican and Tex-Mex food, done some hiking, hung out with the North Texas Troublemakers, and generally enjoyed ourselves.
I managed to publish my third book but didn’t hit my goal of publishing a second one this year. That’s on the agenda for the coming year. In the meantime, I am still writing and enjoying the hell out of that. I am forever grateful to my amazing husband for supporting me in all ways, as I follow this new path. I am extremely grateful to all the authors who have become friends and mentors, and all the online friends who have now become real life friends. I am grateful that I was able to go to my very first con and have that experience, including meeting a lot of people in person who I’d only known online. I am beyond grateful to the man who bought one of each of my books simply because they looked interesting (I didn’t twist his arm or anything, I swear!) Because of Fencon, I’ll be attending my second con when I go to Liberty Con in June, and because of Fencon, I’ll have a lot of friends at Liberty Con.
We finally got out to California to visit family for the first time in three years and we got to go to the beach for a few days with my cousins. It was a too-short, but very fun trip, and I am thankful for it.
I am grateful for everybody who reads this blog and finds some value in the opinions and rants that I post here. Everybody who buys and reads my books has my undying gratitude. You’ve given me the push I needed to keep going and to know that my writing has brought some pleasure to you. Thank you.
So as I sit here watching Brazil and Serbia in the World Cup and smelling the delicious food we’re making, I am just thankful for everything.
It’s been a year for sure. And I am excited to see what the next year brings.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!