Monday, December 1, 2014

Turkey, Stuffing, and Gravy! Oh My!

Hi! Sorry I haven’t updated in a while. I was just really, really lazy over Thanksgiving break. Like really lazy. I didn’t get anything done…other than finish my 50k for NaNo!!! You got it right, you’re talking to a NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner (er…technically reading, but you get the point). I finished NaNo with 50,099 words for my GUARDIANS story at exactly 6:16 PM on November 30th, 2014. GUARDIANS isn’t completely done, and I expect it to be about 80k words, which rather short so I’ll definitely have to add a subplot or flesh out a rushed one or two. I’m excited to wrap it up though soon and hopefully start revising some of my other stories. 

Now onto the real topic of this post. Thanksgiving. Isn't the turkey cute? 
I’m not a big fan of major holidays—I just don’t like making a big deal about things really. I’m always more reserved about how I feel about things, but no matter how quiet I am, I would like to state that I love Thanksgiving. It’s not because of the delicious turkey, yams, and other savory foods. It’s not about going to Barnes and Noble after reading a Tumblr Post about how they have signed copies of books on Black Friday (yes I love books that much). It’s not even about getting time off from school—a much needed break. 

I love Thanksgiving because it forces me to remember how thankful and grateful I should be. I love Thanksgiving because I get to lay around with my family (though not on the actual Thanksgiving day). 

It more or less gives me an excuse to say two simple words: Thank you

Mom and Dad, thank you, for always supporting me. Thank you for putting up with my crazy and foolish ambitions. Thank you for telling me it’s okay to chase my dream. Thank you for loving me despite all of my mistakes. Thank you for everything…I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you (quite literally, I mean, they did give birth to me and all). 

D (my younger brother), thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for putting up with all the times I infuriate you to the point where you can’t say another word. Thank you for listening to all my fears and worries no matter how small they are. Thank you for giving me the kick I need sometimes. Thank you for being my best friend even though you would probably deny it. Most of all thank you for NOT being funny, it makes me smile. 

R (my younger sister), thank you for being my first and sweetest reader. Thank you for being the best younger sister who still gets me a cup of water when I am literally closer to the sink than you are. Thank you for being so passionate about your art because it inspired me to be as passionate about my writing. Thank you for being who you are—because it teaches me a lot about life. Thank you for being the opposites of me—kind, friendly, nonjudgmental…the list can go on and on. 

Friends (I don’t have very many, so I hope you know who I’m talking about to all of my friends reading this), thank you for putting up with me. Thank you for being willing to “hang out” with me when what I actually meant is sit across from each other in silence and study. Thank you for listening to all my worries and showing me that I’m not alone in my fears and concerns. Thank you for always responding to my texts and actually saying that you missed me when we haven’t seen each other in a couple of days. Thank you for being my closest friends in a long while. 

This is just a small list of who I’m really grateful for in my life and honestly I could continue writing about what I’m thankful for, but I don’t really think you want to read about it, so I’ll stop here. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and I hope we can remember to be grateful for all the great things in our lives year round. 

I’m curious, what are you thankful for?

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