Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, an opportunity to reflect on life’s many blessings. This Turkey Day I would like to give thanks to my fellow Writing Bug bloggers. I have learned so much from each of you over the past year and benefited immeasurably from your wit, wisdom and writing prowess. Surely you are familiar with the expression “It takes a village to raise a writer“ (at least, I think that’s how it goes. ) You have been my village and for that I am deeply thankful.
When I think passion I think of Sarah R. This is a woman with a deep and abiding commitment to her craft. She writes from the heart capturing beautifully the complex feelings and sensations of people and place. I am galvanized by Sarah’s determination to grow her writing and publish her work. Her dedication is an inspiration to me.
Professor Shirley is the teacher everyone should have. She is aggressively supportive of other writers and full of thoughtful insights. I am constantly impressed by her wide ranging interest in various genres and look forward to her book recommendations. She writes with an ease and warmth that ensures her enormous success as a future travel writer.
Whether they know it or not, both Jenny and Kelly are crushing it as humor writers. Of course there is much more to both of them, after all, if you peel back the laughter you will find poignant reflections which often make the mundane (think dirty socks and vomit) profound. These two plucky writer moms represent the classic “I laughed, I cried” writing that takes the reader on a journey for which they are all the better for having completed. Kelly introduced me to Save the Cat (please don’t stop writing about it) and Jenny quotes Oprah and her mom. How can you not love that???
Rich is the bravest writer I know. I am in awe of his determination to build a successful writing career. Take note writers, Rich is betting on himself and making it work by spawning his own publishing company, Wooden Pants Publishing. So many of us dream of a writing life, but Rich is no dreamer, he is a doer and someone who can teach us all a thing or two about creating the life you desire.
I owe Kerrie, our esteemed leader, a huge debt of gratitude for establishing the Northern Colorado Writers which brings together writers of all levels to share their writing in a variety of settings and formats. Where I live in Montana there is no such writing nucleus. I feel extremely fortunate to have access to even a few of the events offered by the Northern Colorado Writers including the annual conference, an enormous undertaking which provides a fantastic opportunity for developing professional contacts and reinvigorating creative energy. None of this would be possible without Kerrie's vision and leadership.
Finally, many many thanks to all those who read The Writing Bug blog. Writing can be a lonely pursuit but it all seems worthwhile when someone else connects with or enjoys a piece you created. I have received many thoughtful and generous comments over the year and I have so appreciated them all.
Happy Thanksgiving to my favorite group of writers! May everyone enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday!