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Okay, yes, this is an author blog and it should be focused on books. BUT! I can talk about gratitude AND books at the same time. (Writers are Swiss Army Knife ninjas like that.)

Fellow Inkspell author Brooke Moss accepted and then issued this challenge, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon. Why?

Well, that’s the focus of Week 1: Why Start This Challenge?


  • gratitude2014 was really just shitty. I mean, the shittiest year of my entire life. Don’t worry, all that shitasticness will probably become fodder for future angsty books, so it won’t have been in vane. Not completely, anyway, so there’s that to look forward to. Yay?
  • There is always, ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Even when you’re sloshing around in the deepest cesspools of hell, you’ve got to find something to hold onto. Notice I wrote “something” and not “someone.” This is important. Those who have been through the war know what I’m talking about. Dig deep and you’ll find a place of gratitude.
  • This new year brings so many new opportunities and I’m eternally grateful for new beginnings, new opportunities, new attitudes, new relationships, new ideas, new plot bunnies, new readers, new friends, new discoveries!
  • This is going to sound like pandering, but I swear it’s totally sincere. I’m grateful to my publisher for sticking with me during this off year. The leader of our amazing group has also become a friend and sometimes, her emails and messages contained the exact words I needed to hear. Sometimes they were book-related, but more often than not, they dealt with a situation we’ve both had to endure. Melissa, you rocks my socks as both a publisher and fellow warrior woman.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race, right? What better way to stop and take a deep breath than by counting blessings once a week? I’ll admit, next week’s (spouse/significant other) is going to be a bit tricky *ahem* but we’ll get through this, you and I. After all, that’s what book boyfriends are for 😉

Please, feel free to join me in this challenge or at least comment about some things you’re grateful for (even if it’s only that you’re wearing comfy undies) as we dive into 2015.