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Giving A Thank: Kristen’s Turn

Today’s Brew:  I won’t crack open the adult beverages til kickoff.  FOOTBALL ALL DAY, BABY!!  Go Patriots!

I’ve never been a huge holiday person, but I enjoy Thanksgiving.  Okay, I enjoy the bonus day of football and pajamas.  I’m looking forward to yummy food, my recently discovered cousin Liz coming down later (we’ve been great friends for years and then discovered we are related by marriage) for a sleepover, and if I didn’t mention it already, I’m looking forward to football.

Today could be a really shitty day for me, but instead I choose to be thankful.  It is a choice.

I’ll be sappy for a moment.  I’m thankful to all the great friends who got me through the absolute worst year of my life with only a few bumps and bruises.  This could be a very different post right now without all of those people.  I will never forget what they’ve done.  I’m also thankful for the army of angels who have guided me through to find a nice place to love with plenty of wall space to hang lots of stuff (home decor is turning into an obsession) and given me hands down the most successful year of my careers…so far.

I’m thankful to have Julie as a writing partner.  Somehow, she got a cohesive book out of me.  I finished it, and you know what?  It’s pretty damn good.  We have weekly writing dates, we hold each other accountable, we don’t censor each other, we give each other ideas, and we make it fun.  It took us a long time to be able to give true constructive criticism, but we are getting better and better at editing and seeing when things don’t work.  Immortal Dilemma would not exist without Julie.  Fact.

I’m thankful for the online community we’ve found.  From Linked In to Authonomy to Twitter, we’ve found awesome people who’ve helped us hone our craft, find resources, and given us feedback and criticism we would have never given ourselves.  I would have never known the category New Adult existed if it wasn’t for Twitter. I loved the rush of participating in the contests. I love reading all the blogs about writing, and written by writers. And mostly, I’m thankful for you, our blog readers.  You guys kick massive quantities of ass. For a blog written by two thirty somethings in the burbs with not much more than wild imaginations and a need for attention, I consider this blog a resounding success.  Thank you for reading, and coming back for more.

I’m thankful I found Pam van Hylckama Vlieg.  She’s my agent lady.  I actually found her through Twitter, then cold queried her.  Slush works, kids.  I’m thankful I have an agent who believes in my project, even when we heard that it is nearly impossible to get representation for a vampire project.  I’m thankful for excitement and her feedback.  I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish.

Most importantly, I’m hoping those Mayans are wrong because I want to see what we can all accomplish in 2013.  Writing has given me a new goal.  I’m competitive, and I need something to strive for.  I hope that both Julie and I have a year of awesome news to share with all of you wonderful readers, and I look forward to cheering you on with your projects as well.

Eat, drink, be merry, and watch football!  Did I say Go Patriots?


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2 thoughts on “Giving A Thank: Kristen’s Turn

  1. Congratz on a good year and your agent! Thank you for being my friend.

    The scandal of the Mayas is wrong. They never said the world would end, the way we understand it would end.

  2. The Mayan calendar merely enters its next Long Count (B’ak’tun cycle) on 21 Dec. 2012, so the next B’ak’tun starts there and ends on 13 Oct. 4772. Some of the current hulabaloo is because the last Long Count calendars the Mayans themselves crafted ended on 21 Dec. 2012 (perfectly sensible, as that was the end of the current B’ak’tun cycle they were living in!) . All this fuss just because they had a better long-range calendar system than Rome did?!


    Best of luck to both of you in the new B’ak’tun!

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