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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I feel like today’s post should offer some profound insight into the nature of gratitude. But I’m not sure that I can do that with a blog post. Still, I wanted to offer something as the Wheel of the Year turns, as late autumn is about to give way to early winter, as we enter a season in which we both celebrate our blessings and turn inward, for the season of reflection. I’ve started writing haikus, enjoying the deceptive simplicity of the form and also the challenge the limited word count and structure offer.

So, here it is. My Thanksgiving offering to you:

Red candle. Ah, spark,

there you are. Glow against glass

that mirrors night rain.

Hope you enjoyed. Happy Thanksgiving!

Writing check-in:

  • Do something writing-related every day, seven days a week: journal, write a poem, take notes on a story, read a writing book, brainstorm, etc. Sunday: Wrote six haikus. Monday: Brainstormed for a new series, came up with names for three sisters in my new trilogy, the Daughters le Fay. Tuesday: Wrote 337 words in a series summary for the Daughters le Fay series; 1,746 words in a rough synopsis for Autumn Elemental, the first book in that series (a little less than halfway through the synopsis); and 258 words in a scene snippet for Spellfire’s Kiss.
  • Reconnect with my spiritual practice. No progress on this so far this week.
  • Start a regular yoga practice.
  • At least twice a week, explore another creative outlet, anything from scrapbooking to cooking to home decorating or Feng Shui. Tried a new recipe, French onion chicken casserole. It was good, although a little too salty.

What about you? How are your writing goals coming along? What are you grateful for this holiday season?

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