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Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my American visitors, happy Thanksgiving!  This is my second year not celebrating.  I was tempted to go all out myself, but to be honest, I may be the only American that’s not crazy about Thanksgiving food, and my family is too far away right now for me to bother.  Regardless, I hope you are all having a fantastic day, whenever you read this, if you even do!turkey04

It’s easy to forget just how many things I have to be thankful for.  When my brother passed away in 2005, I realized just how precious life is, and I am grateful every day for the continuing health of all of my surviving family members, those who have been with me throughout my life and those I’ve just added in the past two months.  I’m grateful that my parents continue to accept my distance from them, and are willing to support me and love me no matter what I decide to do in the future.  I’m thankful for my friends, who remain supportive and keep close to me even though they are on another continent, making special arrangements to see me when I’m home, and making my life a whole lot less lonely than it could be.

I’m extremely thankful for my husband and for the fact that we can be together after years of a very long distance relationship.  I am still very nervous about the prospect of getting my visa and hope everything goes smoothly, but whatever happens we are going to deal with it together.  I’ve been involved in a number of online communities over the years and I have seen relationships like ours fail time and time again, so I am proud of us for overcoming the distance and the limitations and making it work.

I’m grateful for much smaller things, for my newly regained internet access, for the fact that my husband’s company has remained in business through some tough times recently, for my education and the fact that I don’t find even the most difficult of books intimidating.  I’m thankful that my parents read to me every night as a child and that teachers continued to provide me good and thoughtful books to read over the years, turning me into an eclectic and capable reader.  I’m grateful for this blog, and even more for all of you who keep on reading it and letting me know that you’re out there.  I’m grateful for this community and the friends I’ve made, and hope that the coming year lets me actually meet some of you.

nano_09_winner_120x90I’m grateful that for only the second time in my life, I’ve finished something that I can call a novel, and that I will continue to write and see where it takes me in the coming months and years.  It may be a piece of garbage, but I can make it better, and I know now how my writing has changed since I was a child.  I’m even grateful that I had the spare time to make the task of writing almost ridiculously easy.  Honestly, I needed the direction, and now that it’s over, I’m not sure what to do next until I get a job.  Perhaps I will write another novel, except a more publication length, before I tackle fixing up this one.

For right now, I’m going to go be thankful for my books, as I plan on reading one, and that we can afford to go out for curry tonight.  I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

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