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?

37 comments:

  1. Great list of Dankes!!!

    I thank my boyfriend every day for tracking me down on Facebook 30+ years after we were in high school, confessing his love for me since then (we weren't even a couple...or good friends...back then), and rescuing me from a very lonely, stressful life on the west coast and bringing me home.

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    1. WOW!!! What a story! That's definitely something to be thankful for!

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  2. That's quite a list, Alison... but truth be told, if we stop and think about it, our lists should all be at least as long. There are so many things that factor into making us the writers we are. Thankfully, many of them encourage and affect us positively.

    So, when your novel is published, your acknowledgements page can just say:

    Please see: http://alisonmiller20.blogspot.com/2012/04/rtw-d-is-for-danke.html

    :)

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    1. hahahaha! I LOVE that idea for my ack page!

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  3. Goodness that's a long list. I agree with Colin -- if we stop and think about all the people that help a writer on his/her journey, it's going to be a long list!

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    1. Yes it is! I just hope I didn't forget anyone!

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  4. Like you I couldn't make a choice and seeing your list makes me smile :D
    It's always so lovely to remember who is on our side (even if it's thanks to the internet). It's wonderful! My mother is also the best in the world but I think there is a rule which says all mothers have a special place which allows several number ones!
    Thanks for sharing Alison :D

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    1. I'm glad my list made you smile! I smiled so much myself as I proofed it. :)

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  5. Aw, Alison <3 <3 <3

    A HUGE DANKE to you as well. (And about a zillion more hearts.)

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    1. Right back atcha, friend! <3 <3 <3!!!

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  6. What a nice post! This week's RTW has me compiling an epic list in my head--it's a wonderful excuse to take the time to think about all the people who've helped me grow as a writer.

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    1. It was. And I had so much fun doing it too. And you are definitely one of those people I'm thankful for!

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  7. It's so awesome to see how many people contribute to everyone's writing and happiness. Great to have a chance like this to say DANKE! <3

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    1. It is nice to have this opportunity! Thanks!

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  8. And I thought mine was epic! Now I know I missed too many peiople! Esp. the books...I totally forgot them!

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    1. No worries, Jennifer! This is just practice for the real ack pages! ;)

      But I'm so glad I did this. I really, really am thankful for EVERYONE who has helped my journey.

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  9. A truly epic list, indeed! Isn't it great to look back at all the people that have contributed to getting us to today? Writing alone is never easy - but the road to publication, well, some might think we're down-right crazy. It takes everyone around us, to keep us going - and to make sure we know, we need to keep doing this.

    I am definitely grateful for everyone I've met along this journey - CP's, readers, peeps on Twitter (never thought I'd have a Twitter account!), agents, authors - anyone who has kept me going, when most days I really think it's a good thing I have a day job. :)

    Great post, Alison!

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    1. I agree, Erin. It really does take everyone to keep us going. Which is why I had to get back into blogging.

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  10. The epicness was called for. It's so true that people from all parts of our life--even people who don't know we exist--can impact our journey. *big hug*

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! And I read your post and totally get what you're saying. Ellen Hopkins is that person for me. :)

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  11. I think of writing as a solitary profession, but reading your list and thinking of people who I would thank for helping me in my writing endeavors, I see it really isn't one-sided at all!

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    1. It's not. It really does take a village. And I think my village is more like a city!

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  12. Such a wonderful list, Alison! And we missed you too when you were on hiatus :D

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    1. Awwww! You are too sweet! I missed blog-hopping and seeing everyone! SO glad to be back. :)

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  13. Everyone should write a post like this one! Good for you! :)

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    1. I agree. I usually write one like this around Thanksgiving - I think it's called for every day, but twice a year is good!

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  14. Wow! That is one big list. But at least now you thanked them in advance. This was really great of you. I bet you made a few people's day.

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    1. Maybe! But it's funny. I wrote this, and then got random tweets today from people thanking me and it made my day! Weird how that works!

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  15. It's been so fun to read everyone's posts of gratitude today! Your list is awesome, Alison, and I'm so thankful to have YOU as part of my writing (and life!) support system. You rock!

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  16. I have to thank my critique group and editor for all of their help with my writing. I have learned so much from them!

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    1. Me too! And I ENJOY all that learning!

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  17. This was a great A to Z post!

    Shelly
    http://secondhandshoesnovel.blogspot.com/

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  18. What an epic post! Thanks for sharing =)

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