Happy Thanksgiving

I am listing to pleasant instrumental music as I sit here. The turkey is in the oven and the pumpkin pie is cooling. In another couple of hours, I will sit down with my children at the table and enjoy the feast.

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My brother should be at my mom’s soon with my sister-in-law and his friend Bud in tow. I love whenever he brings Bud over. Bud is an elderly gentleman in his 90’s. He fought in WWII and often shares his memories of that time as well as how things were when he was growing up. This first-hand look at the past through the eyes of someone who has lived it is always a blessing.

Normally I would have baked a couple of pies and headed over to my mom’s by now too. However, my mother reminded me that kids grow fast. She said that sometimes it is important to slow down and savor these holiday moments while I have them. I am of course welcome to join her, my dad, and the rest. I may even stop by later just to visit but I am also taking her advice.

Often we get caught up in obligation and rushing from one place to the next that we don’t get to enjoy the holiday. We get wound up and stressed out from travel logistics and traffic. This is a time for reflection. It is a time to count your blessings. Yes, it is a time for families to come together as well but love doesn’t care about miles. It is there between people if they live in the same house or in another state. Love stretches great distances.

My love for my family is always there. So while I might not be part of the busy bustle at my mom’s table in person, my heart is there with everyone and it is also here at my home with my children. That’s another thing about love, it can be in multiple places at once. It’s not limited to Thanksgiving dinner.  And that is something to be thankful for.

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Just a short note of happiness

Snoopy-Dance-3Last night at work I received a surprise.  One of my beta readers returned my manuscript complete with notes. She brought it to me and said “if you flesh it out you might have something there…”  She also said she sat down and read it straight through in one sitting. 🙂

I haven’t gone over her notes yet or reviewed the manuscript again myself.  I am saving that for my week off, when I have more time.  But I am extremely happy at the moment.  I have feed back!! YAY!

She also offered a couple of verbal tips and suggested that my target audience might not be reader_smallexactly who I thought it was.  A little tweaking and a little fleshing out and I may have written an older children’s/young adult book.

For some people this may sound discouraging but as long as it is a decent book and people read it I am not upset at all.  In fact some of my favorite books are children’s books or young adult novels.  Robin Mckinley, Diana Wynne Jones, & Diane Duane have all written books that I have read dozens of times.  (I’ve had to buy multiple copies of Howl’s Moving Castle because either I wear it out or I loan it out and it never comes back.)

I go day dreamy over the possibilities.  I will probably revisit this subject later during week roald-dahl-inspiration-quote-motivation-life-advice-believe-in-magic-glittering-eyes-childrens-author-writerafter I have had a chance to scan my manuscript. Right now, it’s bed time and I have happy thoughts to tuck me in. 🙂