And the changing of the seasons.
But somewhere about my second year here, it hit me. That my new state, the place where'd I decided to hang my hat, had seasons. But one had to be very quiet and still to see them. Maybe its because the universe, in all its glorious goodness, gives the desert Southwest all the colors of changing leaves all the time. Whether its in the color of the flora or the sweet ancient towering rocks, in every red and gold contained in the desert, the beautiful ochers and tans of fall, of change, are always around me. And, because of their ever-presence, I didn't always 'see' them.
So it is with the things I'm thankful for in 2013.
They may have always been around but I never 'saw' them in all their quiet beauty.
I've always written, for as long as I could remember. Whether it was in a diary or journal...or as a letter to family, friends and pen pals, I've always put pen to paper to help someone to 'view' what was happening to me at the moment. Even if that 'someone' was just the older version of myself.
But, in this last year, I decided to take my words public and wrote books. Stories of the men and women that spoke to me and who made me want to know more...about them, about their lives and their struggles to find their 'happily ever after'.
You've read them! And a lot of you, so damn many of you have contacted me to tell me which parts, which characters you've enjoyed. I've received so many words of encouragement and support that always has come at just the right time, using exactly the right words to help me put my fingers back on the keys and work through yet another novel.
I wanted to give you that explanation before I did my gratitude list because it deserved so much more than just a bullet point.
So, without further ado, here's the Hornbuckle Thanksgiving list for 2013 (is it me or did a young Will Smith just yell, 'drums, please!'?):
*My children, Ms. Jazz and Mr. J. and all the wonderful grandsons they've begotten me
*Amazon and Smashwords for the opportunity to share my words as an indie published author even as choppy and as unedited as the stories were when I pushed the 'publish now' button for 'Pole Dance' as well as all the ones thereafter.
*My group of friends, both professional and otherwise that has my back, my front and every other spot in between--keeping me sane, on track and laughing over the foibles I seem to get myself into. Crazy Writing Chicks, Unite!
*My readers. I wouldn't keep cranking them out if you didn't keep reading them! I know there are only a few of you that feel comfortable emailing me direct, but that's okay. I'm kinda a sideline girl myself and lurk on the edges of a few blogs and other author websites. For those of you that follow me...I'm glad your around. And for those of you that email me? Thanks, my lovelies. Your words and encouragement mean the world to me.
Smiling and waving from the beautiful Arizona autumn night while hoping you'll share your gratitude lists right back,