Wednesday, April 4, 2012
RTW: D is for Danke
Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival," where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This Week's Topic:
It's a lovefest! Who has helped you in your reading/writing/publishing journey?
Cue epic post.
There’s a long list of people to whom I need to say Dankeschön. If I ever do get published I don’t know that I’ll be allowed all these acknowledgement princes and princesses, so you get to read all about them here. And they deserve TONS of acknowledgement. And thanks. And all-expense paid trips to their dream travel site of choice, but that’s just my humble opinion.
1) God— a few years ago, I had a lot of changes with my job, had already been experiencing burnout, and about that same time, I felt like God led me to writing. It’s a passion, one that I completely attribute to divine intervention. Click here if you want to see the many ways God has mysteriously worked in my writing life. Danke.
2) My husband—he takes the kids when I need/want to write. He plays countless hours of Assassin’s Creed while I snuggle up with my laptop. He reads my stuff, even though it’s not his genre of choice. He supports my insane reading habits and my desire to empty our bank account for writer’s conferences. He tolerates the perpetual glaze in my eyes (when I’m in the zone)and the self-loathing when I’m feeling all crappy about my writing and the alarm clock that goes off every morning around four-thirty. He IS a daily dose of therapy and support and love and well…he’s awesome. Every girl should be so lucky. Danke.
3) My kids (well, if they haven’t disowned me)—when it’s soccer season and Mom is working and writing and who the heck has time to make dinner, they eat lots of take out and have many adoptive moms. Danke.
4) My mother—I have THE best mother in the world (go ahead—try to say yours is better). Without my mother, my kids would starve some nights, my house would be condemned, my laundry would fill two football fields. And…AND my mother reads my work and supports me whole-heartedly, even when I make questionable choices. Danke.
5) My critique partners and readers—I could not FUNCTION as a writer without the people who take time to read and give thoughtful, insightful, encouraging advice to me. Seriously. Alexandra, Katy, Ricki, Monica, Sara, Marice, Copil, Jim, Margo, Melissa, Annie, Amber, Polly,Tova, Bonnie, Tevin, Melanie, Polly, Jonathan, Sue, Melissa, Michelle, PJ—EVERYONE and anyone who has ever read even just a piece of one of my stories and given me feedback. Without you, I would not have grown, my stories and characters would not have grown. DANKE.
6) My YA Confidential peeps—click here to check out their awesomeness. They're fun and inspiring and an incredible support network. Danke.
7) My STUDENTS - my perpetual muse. I am inspired on a daily basis, and I wish they could all find their way into my stories. Danke.
8) My revising buddies/cheerleaders: random texts, revision parties, encouraging emails: Alexandra, Sara - DANKE. This IS our year.
9) My writer/blogger friends. Your comments are nourishment, your encouragement sustenance. I didn’t realize how famished I was until I was without a daily dose of you for the past three months. Danke.
10) My relatives. My friends. My former students. Anyone and everyone who has been so incredibly supportive of my writing and my dreams. I have yet to encounter a naysayer—someone who thinks my pursuits are inane. And that’s freaking awesome. Danke.
11) Other authors, writers, agents, editors—anyone who has empowered me to write, helped me become a better writer, informed me, sent me a harsh rejection, delivered kind words to my inbox, critiqued a query, critiqued ten pages, critiqued a manuscript. Anyone who has fueled my desire to be published, to experience the creative side of editing, to just want to write every moment of every day of my life. Danke.
12) Blogs—group blogs like YA Highway, blogs with contests like Cupid’s Literary Connection, feedback blogs for writers like Query Shark. I stay in the know. And I grow. (and I rhymed!) Danke.
13) Books—yes, I know…I’m thanking a BOOK. But I have read SO MANY books that have helped me to grow as a writer—not just craft books, books in my genre. Books not in my genre. Good books. Bad books. Ridiculously sick AMAZING books. Books that have reminded my of how much I love to read. And write. Here are just a few of those amazing ones: Hunger Games, Maximum Ride, Divergent, Before I Fall, Hourglass, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Identical, Room, Harry Potter, Thirteen Reasons Why, Spud, Swim the Fly, The Great Gatsby, Boy Toy, Beauty Queens, Where She Went…. Danke
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So, who will YOU show love to today? Who’s helped YOU on your reading/writing journey?