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Giving Thanks

 

thanksgiving dog.jpgAs I wait to hear from my publisher, I think it’s time for me to focus on all I have to be thankful for. It’s always easy to dwell on what’s wrong instead of what’s right, isn’t it? So here goes:

  • I’m employed, when so many people are not. What a difficult holiday season it must be for them, and how fortunate I am to be able to make a living doing something I love.
  • I have an agent  who’s always in my corner and a publisher who believes in me.
  • I have a partner who loves me and supports me in everything I do.
  • I have fantastic siblings, amazing stepdaughters, and adorable and healthy grandbabies.
  • I have friends, old and new, who are always there for me, even when I’m lazy about keeping in touch.  
  • I have a house I love. . . and there’s no threat of foreclosure hanging over my head.
  • I live in a time when there’s real treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, enabling me to type for hours upon hours. 
  • And I have you–my readers–without whom my work would be meaningless. I appreciate all of you more than you know.  

My heart’s bursting with joy as I think about all I have to be thankful for. How about you? What are you thankful for in this challenging year? 

15 Comments

  1. Margo on November 26, 2008 at 8:49 am

    I have so much to be thankful for Diane…*I’m married to the love of my life and he loves me & supports all I do…*I’m blessed to have an incredible mother who has been my role model my entire life and who taught me how to draw at the age of 4…*I have siblings I love and friends, old and new I cherish…*I’m grateful to have a day job I enjoy which includes health insurance…*I’m passionate for my art and music career which is my love…*I’m thankful to own a home and not worry about foreclosure…*I love my dog Kramer who came to us when we needed him most…*And I’m so thankful for YOU Diane!…my world and love of books would not be the same had I not discovered you 15 years ago…
    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

  2. Denise on November 26, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I am thankful for my children and friends. I am especially thankful that both of my parents are still living and that they are so good to me. I’m thankful to have a warm roof over my head when so many do not. Now if I could only find a real day job…lol
    I am especially thankful to have discovered you, Diane!

  3. brenda on November 26, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I am thankful for my children, although they don’t live near…my grandchildren, my work…my friends-I have no other relatives really…other than distant…my love of reading…the authors who have taken me into so many families…to different places-the joy they have given me since the moment I learned to read…Diane-you have brought us together to become a group of computer 🙂 friends who share your writing and your zest for that…I appreciate the time you take…those are just a few of the things I am so thankful for…all year round…

  4. Gina on November 26, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    OH wow….I am thankful for so much. My husband, my incredible family, my friends, long-time friends and new friends I found here.
    And, I’m always thankful to authors. Without authors, we would not have such wonderful books to read. I applaud you Diane for being a wonderful author who I love as a person and as a writer.
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  5. brenda on November 28, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Sign of the times and the economy…I was out early on Black Friday-not a lot of crowds…not a lot of standing in line…finished my C’mas shopping except for a few things online…and other odds and ends…I had a good start before I went today.
    hope you are all enjoying the day after T’giving…I had a quiet day…My family comes for C’mas…
    What are all of you reading?????

  6. Gina on November 28, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Went shopping today too Brenda, but I ran into alot of crowds. I was kind of surprised.
    I’m reading Wally Lamb’s latest. Love it so far. But then again, I have loved all his books.

  7. brenda on November 28, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Gina-I think I hit the stores at the right time. Some of the women said they were there when they opened at 5 A.M., and the lines were long…I went in at 7:00, and I was out of the main stores and mall by l0:30…then hit Kmart, etc. etc…no crowds there either. Hope you got some good bargains…I am waiting to read Wally Lamb’s latest-it is on order at the library-do you like it???
    P.S. I do know that Circuit City, Best Buy, and Kids R Us were packed…I avoided them.

  8. Diane Chamberlain on November 28, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    I hope to buy Lamb’s latest in the next few days, Gina, but wow–I have a HUGE to-be-read stack! Since I’m not sure what to work on right now, I’ve been cleaning drawers and closets, and barely putting a dent in the mess. But the good thing is that, when I clean, I get to listen to audio books, so I’m enjoying Loving Frank. It’s excellent. My in-bed-before-sleep book right now is The Last Anniversary, by Liane Moriarty. It’s not my usual fare (can’t figure out if it’s chick lit–it has light, airy writing, but there’s something deeper going on. . . ). I also just finished Anita Shreve’s Testimony and Amy MacKinnon’s Tethered. Both thought provoking. . .

  9. brenda on November 29, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I’ll look for some of these books. When I visit one of my kids, I run in Half Price Books…I buy a plethora of Harlequin Presents for 50 cents each…when I am stressed (as now)…or so busy I can’t breathe (as now)…I love reading these books…chick lit-some really good…some with mysteries…can read in no time…love them…good thing-inexpensive and can read over and over…I know some “folks” think the Harlequins aren’t real lit…but coming from someone who teaches real lit…it is time for a break. 🙂

  10. Margo on November 29, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Brenda and Gina, I’m not a fan of shopping unless it’s a bookstore so I never go to stores the day after Thanksgiving…my friend Laura LOVES to shop and went to the mall at 4 AM to get started…needless to say I was in bed sleeping!
    Diane, while you wait to hear news on the book I recall and earlier blog where you mentioned another book you started?…maybe working on that would help your creative energy?
    I have 50 pages left of BREAKING DAWN, the final in the TWILIGHT series…my eyes could not stay open last nite and I was up till 2 a.m. so I can hardly wait to finish…then I’m starting THE HOST.

  11. Gina on November 29, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Hey Margo, after I finish Lamb, then I’m starting on Breaking Dawn. Is it as good as the others? Also, let me know how The Host is too.
    Happy Reading everyone!

  12. Margo on November 29, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Gina, I LOVE ‘BREAKING DAWN’…I think it’s the best of all of them but some disagree with me. I still have 50 pages to go and am finally able to sit down and read after a full day of cooking turkey and things. We were elsewhere on Thanksgiving, (17 people at my sister’s boyfriend’s house including our mother) but Gary and I have a tradition of making our own small turkey dinner for ourselves on the Sat after, (today)…we cook together in the kitchen, eat together and finally, clean up together…had my mother join us this year.
    THE HOST is waiting for me on my bedside table as we speak & I’m off now to finish those 50 pages! (-:

  13. Denise on November 30, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I finished Wally Lamb yesterday. Wow, what a book! I will forever be a Wally Lamb groupie.
    I am going to read Knit Two, the sequel the the Friday Night Knitting Club next.

  14. Diane Chamberlain on November 30, 2008 at 10:48 am

    I bought the new Wally Lamb, THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED, yesterday. When I walked into the store, Amazing Grace was playing on the loudspeaker and I felt like i was in the Twilight Zone. How could I possibly not buy the book? Anyway, I sat in the cafe and read the first chapter while sipping a cup of coffee. I’m going to love it, but I have a couple of other books I need to finish before losing myself in it again. It’s going to be a good one. I was already crying on the dedication page.
    But I HAVE to recommend Liane Moriarty’s THE LAST ANNIVERSARY. This book is hard to categorize–chick-lit-only-deeper meets mystery/family secrets. It’s a fun and entirely engrossing read that had me up till 3 last night. Moriarty makes it look simple, but wow, she has some amazing skill at spinning and balancing a story.

  15. brenda on November 30, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I am still waiting on Lamb at library…will ask for The Last Anniversary too. I loved shopping Friday…did a little on Sat. and little today-Sunday…am finished…been wrapping…three little granddaughters-so much fun…the adults don’t get much except money…
    Thanks for rec. books…Margo-I tried to do the TWILIGHT again…just couldn’t do it…sorry…I am in the minority…

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