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September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.


“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

THINGS I'M THANKFUL FOR


                       

I’m thankful for my good health. Oh, I have the few little things that come with age, but overall I’m in good health. My knees and feet aren’t exactly what they were ten years ago, but they get me where I want to go. Except for once in a while having to search for a word I want, my mind hasn’t deteriorated. At least I don’t think so. Some might not believe that.
 
Several days before  Christmas at my house.
I’m thankful for my family.  I’ve lost some through death over the years, including a son, granddaughter, a brother, my parents, many aunts and uncles and some cousins, too. But I still have three children, their spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, my siblings, two of their spouses. And I still have two aunts, two uncle and numerous cousins. Family is one of the richest blessings I could have.



Three members of my Red Read Robin book club at my house.


I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made over the years through teaching, book clubs, conferences, writing groups – both in person and online, and especially through Writers Who Kill. These friends mean a lot to me because we share the same interests; books and writing and often other mutual interests, too.




On the way to my back door.
I'm thankful for my home. It's old and not very large. Its floors creak and things in my living room shake a little when larger people walk across the floor or my dog bounds across it chasing a toy.The basement leaks during heavy rains and it's almost impossible to keep all the spider webs from forming, but the house is mine. I chose to buy it, and with my son's help it's been renovated into a comfortable home with a library. It's decorated with plants, books, pictures and things I've accumulated over the years that mean something to me.


Maggie with my two ponies near the pond.
I’m thankful for my small farm of about twelve acres. The old barn with hand hewn beams got a new roof soon after I moved in. It is home to my two ponies, seven hens, an old guinea fowl, who prowls the place as a watch bird, and currently one barn cat. My farm has numerous gardens I’ve planted and weeded – more or less. It has large pine and spruce trees around the house protecting it from winter winds and shading it in the summer keeping it cool so with fans I rarely need to use an air-conditioner.  I have a little goldfish pool near the house and a large pond beyond my house, and apple and pear trees and a blueberry patch.


I’m thankful for my woods I walk in almost every morning with my dog.  It’s a place for meditation, for coming up with ideas for poems, stories or my books. It’s a place where I see or hear things to interest me on every walk: a squirrel, a pileated woodpecker, fresh spring flowers or unusual fungi, turkeys, deer or even a bear I heard last summer for the first time.


I’m thankful that I have enough, but not too much money to live on. Yes, I have to be careful what I spend and sometimes I wish I had enough to help those in need with large amounts of money, but money could be a burden, too. Right now I don’t worry about anyone breaking in. Who would want to steal books? I have no expensive jewelry or anything worth a thief breaking in to steal.

I’m thankful I have enough food to eat, a warm house, a car that runs and a comfortable bed when there are so many without those simple pleasures.

I’m thankful for Mobile Meals. It gives me a sense of purpose other than my own pleasure, and also enriches me in both working with the volunteers who prepare, pack or deliver the meals. Even more I’m enriched by my contact with the people who receive them. I’ve come to dearly love many of those I deliver to, and am saddened when they disappear from my route either because of moving to a nursing home or through death.


I’m thankful for the parents, who gave me the important values in life; compassion, caring for others, a belief in social justice, honesty, faith, a sense of humor, an enjoyment of music, and a love of reading and learning.

I’m thankful that this Thanksgiving I’ll again be having a most delicious Thanksgiving dinner at my sister’s house with siblings and assorted nieces and nephews. It will not only include a scrumptious meal with everyone contributing some dish or other, it will be filled with laughter, joking and some memories of the past. But I’m also feeling a sadness for those forced to work this day in the big box stores who are moving Black Friday up to Thanksgiving Day. I wonder if those who made the decision will be working Thanksgiving, too. I doubt it.

What are you thankful for?  How will you be spending Thanksgiving?



8 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

Oh Gloria, I always have to smile when I read your blogs. Your life seems so well rounded and full.

What I'm thankful for?

After three years of WWK, it seems that we've found writers who blog like the professional writers that they are. Some of you who were not here in the beginning, back in 2010, have no idea how frustrating it has been to find writers willing and able to make WWK into a worthwhile read! I thank each one of you for your time and efforts.

What am I doing for Thanksgiving?

LOL--Of course I'm going to the beach for a week, a much needed break since I have to think about my various WIPS and where I want to take them. Although our side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner will be traditional, I will serve fish as the entree--my husband's favorite especially if he goes charter fishing with our daughter. I'm hoping for tuna!

Sue said...

I'm thankful for YOU!!! I love you Mom!!!

Warren Bull said...

I'm thankful for family and for friends. I'm thankful for my father living a full lifetime and for my mother who is still living. My wife and I will spend Thanksgiving with my sister and her family in Minneapolis.

Gloria Alden said...

Too full sometimes, E.B. :-) It sounds like a fun Thanksgiving for you. I'm curious about the tuna. Do you bake the whole huge fish and add stuffing, too, with cranberries, sweet potatoes, etc.?

Thank you, Susan. I love you, too.

Warren, from reading your father's little stories, I can see why you are thankful for him and your mother. Enjoy your Thanksgiving in Minneapolis with family. That's a city of my to visit someday wish list.

E. B. Davis said...

Ha--no, Gloria. Stuffing goes in a turkey. Occasionally, a fish may be stuffed with crab meat or a spinach filling, but not Thanksgiving stuffing. I'm going to make an oyster filling, my husband's favorite as a surprise. His mother used to make it for him (yada, yada, yada, no more said). No sweet potatoes, but we will have mashed, corn pudding and cranberry sauce--my favorite is right out of the can with the indentations intact!

Kara Cerise said...

Beautiful blog, Gloria. I'm thankful that my sister is doing well and cancer free. I'm also thankful for family members who have unexpectedly visited over the last two months. My oldest niece is with us this week and I love having her here!

Patg said...

Very nice blog, Gloria, glad you have a good life.
I thankful when nothing goes wrong.
Patg

Gloria Alden said...

E.B. at least you have some of what I consider traditional dishes. Actually, the early settlers ate as much fish as they did turkey and it was at that first Thanksgiving.

Thank you, Kara. What you're thankful for is truly a good reason to be thankful for. It's what Thanksgiving should be all about.

Thank you, Pat. I think we all can be thankful when nothing goes wrong, because life has just as many things that go wrong as go right.