Giving Thanks 2014 Edition

I have so much to be thankful for in my life that most of the time I just thank God for blessing me. But as our yearly holiday approaches, I wanted to thank a few folks in my writing community:

  • FWC:
    I joined Fayetteville Writing Circle this year and have gotten to know some wonderfully talented and supportive writers. They have helped me see my writing in ways I never would have noticed on my own. And I’ve read some fantastic stories written by them which has helped me grow as a writer. I’m thankful this group is in my life and I pray we’ll continue to be supportive of each other for years to come.
  • PRA & PNW:
    Winning the OCW Poet Laureate Award in 2013 gave me confidence to continue my pursuit of excellence in poetry. I joined Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas and the local branch, Poets Northwest. It’s been a wholly new experience for me to hobnob with others who feel as passionate about poetry as I do. I’m thankful to be a part of these organizations.
  • Staci Troilo:
    I met Staci Troilo at the 2012 Ozark Creative Writers Conference and immediately liked her. We didn’t really get to know each other until the next year, but once we did she quickly became one of my favorite people. She’s also one of the most talented writers I’ve ever known personally and with her help, I’ve edited a few mediocre stories and turned them into very good ones. She’s been a blessing in my life and I’m thankful God put us in the same place at the same time.
  • Annie Neugebauer:
    Annie is a treasure. I’ve never met her personally, but we follow each others’ blogs and she is consistently kind and helpful. Sometimes I wonder why I blog at all and then she’ll leave a comment and I’m reminded that it’s worth the hard work. I’m very thankful to have Annie in my virtual writing community.
  • Tonya & Missy in Florida. Tonya had just finished Basic Training for the Navy.

    Tonya & Missy in Florida. Tonya had just finished Basic Training for the Navy.

  • Tonya Baker:
    Tonya and I have known each other since we were teenagers. She’s been my best friend through thick and thin and was my first writing fan (she’s a poet herself). 98% of what I write she sees and she doesn’t hesitate to tell me when something doesn’t work. She’s equally generous with her praise. The thing about Tonya is, she sees the bits and pieces of me in my stories no matter how thoroughly I distort them to fit the narrative. 30+ years of friendship and she still loves me. I’m very thankful this woman is in my life.

So, what or who are you thankful for this year?

  • I’m so surprised and touched by this, Missy. I’m happy to hear that I’ve helped you keep at it. And I’m grateful to have you in my writing community, too!! <3 Happy Thanksgiving!

    • I just like saying that a horror writer keeps me upbeat. 😉 Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.