Okay, so I was named in this Thanksgiving meme by Amy Bai over at PurplePatch, about the 10 Things I Am Thankful For. Yeah, yeah, I realize I’m a wee bit late, but just go with it, okay? We’ll pretend it’s still timely. Anyway, every even numbered item has to be related to writing, and the rest can be about other stuff. Like mounted heads.

And we’re off!

1. I’m thankful this is my blog and nobody can give me smack for not doing this meme on time. My blog, my timeline. Yay!

2. I’m thankful for the awesome 10 inch laptop hubs bought me for X-Mas last year. It’s super light, which is a must, since I cart around about a billion pounds of paper in the same bag, and oh-so-cute. Although, its cuteness factor actually gets in the way of writing sometimes—people often interrupt me mid-thought to ask me ridiculous questions. Like, “Does that really work?” (um, no—this is just my new mime routine) or “Wow—can you SEE that screen?” (of course not—computers with actual visuals are passé). Maybe I need to knit a disguise for it—like, a little computer sweater. That way, they’ll think I’m nuts and leave me alone.

3. I’m thankful my house hasn’t burned down, flooded, or otherwise imploded while hubs has been on kid duty lately. If you’re familiar with my family life, you’ll understand.

4. I’m thankful for my amazing writing peeps on AW—both my Purgies and my OPWFTers. There’s no way I could undergo this crazy writing process without you—at least, not and preserve my sanity. No, the latter part of my statement is not up for debate. Oh, and I’m especially thankful for freaky Krampus Kringle making an appearance in the forums last night—because it means somebody’s sense of humor is more warped than mine.

5. I’m thankful for my wonderful family—the kidlets, the hubs, and yes, even the doggage–although there are times I think the small demented Rottie might look good mounted over my fireplace. In fact, there are times when I think hubs and the kids might look good there, too. But that’s only like 5% of the time—okay, 6%. Which means I don’t think about how peaceful the house would be if they were stuffed and mounted like, 94% of the time—and I consider that a major victory. And no–my sanity, still not up for discussion.

6. I’m thankful for Boudin, the place where I go to write and terrorize the staff. Their caffeinated iced-tea has saved me from permanently imprinting my keyboard on my forehead on many occasions. I’m especially thankful for the baker there, who gives me free chocolate chip cookies.

7. I’m thankful for chocolate, without which the baker could not give me free cookies. We wouldn’t want to put a damper on her altruism. Or my expanding tushy.

8. I’m thankful for my laser printer, cranky and decrepit as it is. Even if the blasted thing does decide to take unscheduled breaks halfway through printing my manuscript—only to start over from the beginning.

9. I’m thankful for my AWESOME husband, who is more supportive of my writing than I could ever hope for. Also, I’m convinced there’s no other father alive who spends this much time with his kids and enjoys it so much. No, you may not have him—go find your own.

10. I’m thankful for all of the wonderful YA writers, agents, editors—everyone in the industry who makes those YA books come to life. Without you, there’d be no wonderful stories to read—and no dreams of publishing my own one day.

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13 Responses to “Things I’m thankful for meme. Here’s a hint: it’s not mounted heads.”

  1. Vero Says:

    I also have a cute little 10″ laptop that I love! I distract myself with it’s cuteness and I have even done a photoshoot for it! LOL

  2. sue Says:

    ‘tushage’ love that word!!!!

  3. sunna Says:


    I guess this makes me the person with the sense of humor more warped than yours. I am PROUD, I say.

    And also a little bit scared.

    I think our printers are related.

  4. houndrat Says:

    Yes. Yes, I think that would scare me, too. :)

  5. Amna Says:

    We writers are thankful for you too!

  6. Tracey Says:

    I’m scared that we are sharing a brain today, at least for posting. And thankful I missed this Krampus Kringle thing! Chocolate also gets a shout-out on my list. :-)

  7. Emilia Says:

    Wonderful list :D Who ISN’T thankful for chocolate? Besides the lactose intolerant, I guess. But still.

  8. DH Kuypers Says:

    Now I have to wait another week to find out what happened after last week’s teaser! : )) Happy holidays!

  9. krista ashe Says:

    What an awesome list!!! I’m stealing your idea by the way!! LOL
    And I agree with #’s 4 and 10. Awesome!

  10. JennW Says:

    I love the stuffing your family and dog one. Hahaha!

  11. Kate Says:

    I’m here, are you happy? LOL Good list.

    Every time I see you mention “Boudin,” I picture boudain. You know. The cajun sausage also spelled boudin. The mental picture is odd at best.

  12. Paranormalchick Says:

    hahahahahahaha! Funny

  13. Niyrak Says:

    I especially LOVE # 2. I have a 10 inch bu 7 inch laptop and people harass me in public quite often too. I wanna smack them sometimes…okay ALL the time. I thought about putting creepy stickers all over the cover to scare potential harassers away… think it’ll work???

    Also thanks for the AW shout out. we love you too. :)

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