Happy Thanksgiving week, y’all!
For several years now, we’ve had a Thanksgiving Day tradition that’s involved a few of our closest friends, comfy pants, bad movies, and, of course, a turkey dinner. It’s fun and low pressure, and while it’s not heavy on tradition, we always take a moment to reflect on what we’re thankful for.
It’s a little rude to hog the mic when everyone’s giving thanks at Thanksgiving, so I’m going to take a moment to recap some of the things I’m most thankful for this past year.
I’m grateful for other mystery writers. I’ve dabbled in other genres, and I just have to say, mystery writers are the best. They’re always supportive, surprisingly noncompetitive, a little twisted (but in a good way), and wicked fun.
I’m grateful that I have a husband who loves to cook. I used to cook, but I’ve happily let my skills atrophy. As I wrote in my gratitude journal: “I could probably still feed myself, but it would involve a lot more soup.”
My writing group. I joined right after I had finished the manuscript for DYING ON THE VINE, and they jumped in and read the whole thing and gave me great advice. They’re an amazing group of women — and we all just traveled to the Hudson River Valley for a “writing retreat” (which, let’s be honest, for some of us was a “hang out and drink wine” retreat) at the home of one of our members emeritus.
I’m thankful that even though I didn’t win the cool red typewriter in the silent auction last spring, I did win a Sonicare toothbrush, because a) finding another typewriter just like it gives me something to aspire to, and b) my teeth have never been healthier.
Road trips. A couple of weeks ago, I drove from Oakland to Austin. I hiked through red rock formations in Sedona, saw an inspiring immersive art installation in Santa Fe (Meow Wolf, for the win!), had the best steak I’ve ever had at the Big Texan Steak Ranch, and checked Amarillo’s Cadillac Ranch off my bucket list.
I swear I’m not just pandering here, but I’m so thankful for my fellow Chicks on the Case. I’m grateful for our silly text threads, the moral support, the fast answers when one of us needs advice, and the fact that I could call any one of them and say, “Can I crash your Thanksgiving?” and they’d probably say yes.
And finally, I’m grateful for our readers! You’re the reason we do what we do. So have an extra slice of pie this Thursday and know just how much we appreciate you!
Okay, your turn: What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?