A Season of Gratitude: Writing

Charlie Brown and SnoopyI’m continuing my short series on gratitude with eleven things I’m grateful for concerning writing.  I’ve made some big shifts in how I think about writing since summer and I have a lot to be grateful for!

1. San Diego Comic-Con 2014.  This was a huge turning point for me.  My family and I drove from San Diego – which means that when SDCC was over I had ten hours in the car to think about what I’d experienced, and what I experienced was people telling me to go make stuff.  By the end of that trip, I had a work schedule in place, a new way of thinking about my work, and had redefined some family roles when I’m working at Conventions.  Which leads me to…

2.  Support.  My husband treated my writing as an actual job worthy of attention, time, and respect long before I did.  Thanks, Glen.

3.  Convolution. A year ago I was a panelist for the very first time at Convolution and this year I was a featured guest!  It was an amazing experience.  I felt like Cinderella at the ball.  I was so inspired and warmed by everyone I met.  The Convolution/Baycon crowd is rapidly becoming family.

4.  ARCS!  I mentioned advance review copies in my Reading Gratitude entry, but I’m going to mention them again because they involve my writing.  People often ask me if I make much money.  “I make some money and I get free books” I tell them.  “But do you make a lot of money,” they invariably ask.  I look at them blankly and say, slowly and clearly, “I get FREE BOOKS”.

5.  Interfictions Online!  I’m thrilled to have sold my first essay to a magazine.  You can find it here.  What makes it especially exciting is the company I’m in.  I’m in the same magazine as, for instance, Genevieve Valentine, author of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, which I reviewed here, as well as many other amazing people.  This is so exciting to me that when I saw the Table of Contents I got tears in my eyes, no lie.

6.  Royalty Check.  Hey, I made a book(lette) and I got my first paycheck, too!  Like a real author!  And, BTW, you can buy my book here:

Amazon        Barnes and Noble     iTunes      Harlequin.com

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7.  My Laptop.  Please, laptop, please never stop working  I’m sorry I dropped you that one time.  Please forgive me.  I love you! XOXOXOXOXO!

8.  Going to the movies for work.  I get paid to review things like The Book of Life and Guardians of the Galaxy.  I am living the dream, yo.

9.  Beta Readers.  You guys are the best.

10.  A flexible schedule.  I bitch about this all the time, because a flexible schedule means my writing tends to get pushed aside.  But, since my newfound since of purpose post SDCC, I’ve been able to enjoy flexibility without having to start four hours of work at 10PM every night.

11.  I go to work in my PJs.  ‘Nough said.

 

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