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I'm thankful for so many things!

Happy Thanksgiving
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Sammi and I had fun baking brownies (our best batch yet) and delicious mini cheesecakes.  

We had a fantastic time yesterday!  Our cousins found this adorable kitty cowering in their backyard just a few hours before.  She's adorable!  We took turns snuggling her all day.  Unless someone claims her soon, it looks like she found a forever home with my cousins.  I'm sure she's thankful she wandered into the backyard of such a loving family. 

   















A day like this makes me think about how lucky I am.  Yes, there are things I want that I don't have...like being able to spend time with my parents, brother, and other relatives who have passed away.  And I'd love to have my middle grade novels and picture books published (after all my hard work, I'm definitely going to have a huge celebration when that dream comes true).  

But even though my life isn't exactly the way I'd like it to be, I'm thankful for so many things.  I'll share a few here:

I'm grateful for...

* My family, friends, and adorable dog.

* All the things that are easy to take for granted, like living in a nice house, having enough food, being able to go on vacations where we can have some uninterrupted family time and make lots of memories.

* I'm glad my girls are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside.  They're sweet and thoughtful...and I'm really trying to enjoy every moment with them because they're growing up way too fast!

* Critique groups and challenges that help push me to be the best possible writer.  I already revised one novel this month and am about to dig into another.  I'm loving the PiBoIdMo challenge, and have come up with over 65 picture book ideas this month! Thirty-five of them are more fleshed out than the others, and I think quite a few of them have potential.  I wonder if there's a way to come up with an idea week or so for novels, too!  It's much easier to find gems when you have a mountain of ideas to sort through.

* Being a writer--I can't even begin to explain how much writing has helped me.  It's such an important part of who I am, and has always been (I still remember writing poems and stories from the time I was fairly young, and how they helped me get through tough times).  I can't imagine my life without seeing myself as a writer.  And I'm incredibly grateful that my love of writing led me to meet incredible friends who mean so much to me!  (((Hugs)))  

What are you thankful for?

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writertessa
Nov. 25th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Mindy! Fingers crossed by next Thanksgiving we both have books on the way to publication ;)
mindyalyse
Nov. 27th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tessa! I'll cross my fingers and toes that we'll each have at least one book contract by next Thanksgiving, too. :)
robinellen
Nov. 26th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
What a lovely list, Mindy :)
mindyalyse
Nov. 27th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Robin. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that we'll both have a lot of great news to celebrate next year. :)
cynthialord
Nov. 27th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
Such a cute kitty! That feels like a children's story right there. :-)
mindyalyse
Nov. 27th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
My whole family fell in love with that adorable kitty. It's funny, I usually see story ideas everywhere, but I was too caught up in the kitten's cuteness to see the potential idea until you pointed it out. Thanks, Cindy!
taralazar.wordpress.com
Dec. 13th, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks
I somehow missed this post, but it made me teary! I am grateful for writing friends like you, too.
mindyalyse
Dec. 16th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks
Aw, thanks so much, Tara! (((Hugs)))
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mindyalyse
Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.

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