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Sunday, November 24, 2013

That Thankful Post

Autumn by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1573)
Just a quick post today in honor of the big holiday here in the U.S. this week. A few things I'm grateful for:

First, I have to give a huge shout out to one of my critique partners and longtime blogging buddies. Marsha Sigman, who blogs at Marsha's Musings from time to time, signed with a literary agent last week for one of her Middle Grade novels. Marsha is now repped by Amy Tipton of the Signature Literary Agency. I am beyond thrilled for her. She's one of those people who stuck it out, writing project after project, continuing to send out queries until she got the "yes" she was looking for. Wishing you much success and happiness, my friend!!

Second, Nutschell, who blogs at The Writing Nut, is featuring me in her Wednesday Writers series this week. If you don't already follow her, you can find the post by clicking HERE. 

Third, I am incredibly grateful to be feeling somewhat pain-free today. I've been dealing with some painful dental issues the past two weeks (and not done yet) that have made it almost impossible to get any serious writing done. You know that kind of pain that insists you think about it and only it until it dies? It has really opened my eyes to how much I take my health for granted when I'm feeling good, which I'm happy to say is most of the time. For those of you dealing with chronic pain or illness, I offer big hugs and heartfelt sympathy.

Also, I'm a big fan of U2, and have been for thirty years (yes I'm that old, shut up). I'm grateful they've put out a new song, the first in three years, and it doesn't suck. It's actually pretty good. It's called Ordinary Love, and it's been stuck in my brain for days now.  Must share to release the ear worm. :)





Finally, I'm grateful to all of you. For friends who send emails that make me laugh, to anyone who has read pages for me and offered encouraging criticism, and for everyone who takes the time to come by this silly blog and leave a comment. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. Or a wonderful Thor's Day for those outside the U.S..

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55 comments:

  1. Very nice way to promote good news, LG! Congrats to Marsha ! Will check out the Nutschell post about you, too. Glad you're hanging in there. Good luck with the dental issues. I already follow the Writing Nut. . .

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  2. Well, I know what song I'm going to be listening to for the next few days. How did I miss that?
    So thanks for posting it!

    I hope your teeth get better soon.

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  3. I didn't catch the new U2 song either.
    Congratulations to Marsh! Didn't know she was your critique partner.
    Hope the dental crap is over soon.
    And Nutschell's Wednesday Writer Workspace spots are awesome. I won't miss it!

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  4. huge, huge hugs for the pain. I hope it gets sorted quickly and as painlessly as possible.

    And yay for Marsha!!

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  5. Dental pain is one of the worst things out there--I hope you have a pain-free and happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. Ahh...dental pain. You have my sympathies and empathies. I'm currently dealing with dental issues myself. Get those teeth in shape for T-giving dinner!

    Love Nutschell's WWW...I'll have to check it out. Have a great holiday!

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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  7. Ugh...dental pain. Sending you lots of healing vibes! Great post. Thankful for YOU! Oh and great song....hadn't heard it yet so thanks for sharing. Happy T-day!!

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  8. D.G. - Nice to have some good news to share. :)

    Andrew - The song just came out. Not even sure if you can buy it yet on iTunes. It's for a movie about Nelson Mandela. :)

    Alex - So happy for Marsha. It's been a lot of perseverance on her part. :)

    Lynda - I'll take your hugs!

    Jeff - You're right. I have had back pain before and it's nothing compared to a sore molar or two. Such a vulnerable place to be injured. :(

    M.L. - I know! Gotta get some relief with the big Thanksgiving coming up. Fingers crossed I get some relief today.

    Tracy Jo - I'll take your healing vibes too! And happy Thanksgiving to you and T. :)

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  9. Sorry to hear about your dental problems. I have a twinge and off to the dentist's myself tomorrow. There are plenty of us who are that old, and I suppose even younger ones have heard of U2. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  10. glad to hear the pain is easing. If it doesn't go away me and my penguins will come over to beat him up :)
    Tell me you are not making a festive dinner in this condition?

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  11. Fanny - I started with a little twinge, moved on to two broken teeth, a need for crowns, a painful temporary, and now a probable root canal. It's been a spiral into dentistry hell. :P And, yes, my son is the one who alerted me to the new song. He loves U2 as much as I do. :))

    Dezzy - It's only easing because I'm keeping the temp off until I can get a root canal. Ugh. UGH!! And I've fortunately been invited to my brother's for the holiday. I only have to bring a few things. No way I could handle cooking a whole dinner right now.

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    1. will you be able to eat normally, or is it too painful? I once had a surgery on the part of my gums when I was a teen and had to eat mash potatoes and sour cream for weeks LOL

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    2. I'm okay now, but I have to go in and see someone today about this mess. If they put that temp back on, I'm going to be a miserable Thanksgiving day guest. Pass the mashed potatoes, please. :P

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    3. oh, you will have such fun discovering all the lovely veggies that can be mashed LOL

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    4. Shall I make a turkey milkshake? Ooh, pumpkin pie would be good in the blender. But I really have been living on butternut squash soup. I have the best recipe for it and it makes a huge pot, so I just keep slurping that up. :)

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    5. I did hear about some people putting bacon in the blender :)
      You can also make lovely cream soups with peas, lentils, beet, parsnips, parsley, cauliflower... you need all the vitamins if your body is fighting with pain and infection.

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  12. Nice post.

    Hopefully this coming year will be filled with majestic things and experiences for you.

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  13. Congrats to your writing friend on signing with the agent, and to you for being on Nutschell's blog. I know how hard it is to deal with pain, whether physical or whatever. Just got a bionic knee, and it's a miracle, but also painful to do all of the exercises required. Breathe through the pain and know that it will transform.

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  14. Laoch - For us both! I do hope you're feeling better and able to eat normal again. Ugh.

    Catherine - Oh, wow, a knee replacement would be painful. But hopefully better than it was before? And, yes, I'll have to learn to breathe through the pain. I've about made myself sick from pain relievers now.

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  15. I didn't know about the new U2 song! How did I miss that? I'm old enough to be a fan for 30 years too, as you know. Congrats to Marsha!
    I'm sorry about your dental pain, I hope the problems will be fixed soon. And I hope you can enjoy your Thanksgiving in spite of it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, doggies included. :)

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  16. There are few things more annoying than dental pain and subsequent trips to the dentist. I had a ton of work done a year ago, and I feel better, and I hope you feel better soon, too. Yay for Marsha! She has the funniest blog (even if she doesn't post often anymore). I'm so glad to hear her news! And I really like being part of the "Dynamic Duo" with Julie in your sidebar. :-)

    Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  17. Congrats to Marsha - so exciting.

    Ack! Sorry to hear about the dental junk. We need our mouths for talking. eating, and stuff so when it hurts, it is miserable. I hope it;'s all gone soon so you can enjoy your turkey, or tofurkey if that's your thing. ;)

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  18. Julie - Ooh, and they should have an entire album out early next year. I don't care how old I get, I'll still go to their concerts. They're best when they play live. :))

    Lexa - The only thing more annoying than dental pain is watching your team lose a close game to the Patriots! *sniff* And I'm ready for the blog hop. I need a little virtual vacation right now. :)

    Southpaw - Some of us use our mouths for talking more than others too! Must be why I'm hurting. I wore it out. :P And, uh, I'll skip the tofurkey. Never tried it, but, hmmm, sounds spongy.

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  19. Congrats to your friend! I'm sorry that you were in so much pain, and I hope that you continue to feel better. Looking forward to seeing you at Nutschell's! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie. And happy Thanks-Hanukkah to you!!

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  20. Hope your dental issues will soon be part of your past. I had my own a few years ago. No fun. Will make a note to visit Nutschell on Wednesday. I love the new U2 song!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  21. Hope your teeth are well soon. yes, health is a big thing. I'm knocking on would as I type this. Congrats to Marsh! That's awesome news. Have a wonderful holiday, LG!

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  22. Carol - I get to see someone tomorrow for a new temporary. I've had crowns before, but never one that hurt this badly. And I love that song too. It's kind of simple, but it has a strong hook or something that keeps playing over and over in my head. :)

    Mary - Thanks! It throws everything off when our health is suffering, doesn't it? Hope all is well with you???

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  23. Yeah for Marsha! I knew from first seeing her comments that she has a way with words. :-)

    I hope your teeth feel better soon. You're going to need something to bite on when our teams meet again. : p

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    1. Girl has got voice, that's for sure. :))

      And New England is a terrible host. Who provides wind chills of near zero for their guests? So rude. :P

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    2. We just wanted to get your team ready for the Super Bowl. That way, when Manning faces the same conditions, he'll know exactly what to do: bring in Tom Brady. : p

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    3. Who's brilliant idea was it to have a Super Bowl in the snow this year??!! It's like the universe is rooting for New England -- because, you know, winning the World Series wasn't enough. You must conquer all sports and dominate the world!!!

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    4. Not all sports. We leave curling to the Canadians. We never could figure out curling. : p

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    5. Is that where they hurl a lobster across a frozen lake with a moose antler? I think I read about that in National Geographic once. Strange doings.

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  24. Dental pain is the worst. Happy Thanksgiving. Will look for your post on Nutschell's blog.

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    1. The worst! But I know it doesn't compare to the migraines so many of my friends suffer from. Happy Thanksgiving, Tonja!

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  25. I'm thankful that you're grateful. And thankful you can manage to post when the reminders of dental problems can reveal a tooth we'd rather not feel.

    Happy American Thanksgiving, my friend. "It's a beautiful day!"

    Gary :)

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  26. Major congratulations to Marsha!!! I love hearing about these success stories.

    I'm so sorry you've been sunk in the pain pit these past couple of weeks (that's what it felt like to me - like I'd fallen in a pit and couldn't get out of it. It does indeed make it hard to write!). I know what you mean - happily, I'm healthy and have been for a few years, but I went through a year or two when that wasn't the case. I gained a lot of understanding and empathy for people who suffer and don't get better. This post is a really, really good reminder to be grateful.

    I hope you have a great holiday!

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  27. I think if I had to choose between a nasty migraine (which I get frequently) and dental issues, I'd pick the migraine- tooth problems suck big time! Wishing you a successful and healing Thanksgiving holiday. Hoping for more than mashed and pureed stuff! :/
    Congrats to Marsha, love those success stories too!
    I'll have to listen to the U2 song again...

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  28. Gary - And I'm grateful that you're thankful I'm grateful. :P And Thanksgiving seems to be the last American holiday that hasn't been commercialized with tinsel and flashing lights, so it's a great time to take stock. :)

    Liz - Don't know if she minds me saying this, but she queried about eighty agents before she got that yes. Perseverance wins again. I know you're in the trenches now, so hang in there. Good things will happen. :))

    Lexie - I am happy to report I went to the dentist's office yesterday and got some major relief. Down to just a mild discomfort. But, wow, debilitating pain from any source is so completely draining. Dealing with something like that long term is for super heroes, not me.

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  29. Congrats to Marsha!

    Ugh, this is the WORST time of year to have dental stuff going on. So sorry to hear it, lady, and hope you feel better very soon.

    Happy Thanksgiving nonetheless! :)

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    1. I always seem to need major work done when a flood of holidays is coming and everything has to get crammed into a few short days between offices closing and everyone traveling. Gotta learn to fall apart during the spring or summer next time. :PP

      And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wife, E.J. !

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  30. Hello L.G. So many great things to be thankful for. I'm inspired by your friend Marsha who has had success after some trying years. Successful writers are those who don't give up.
    I hope your dental issues get sorted. Such pain teeth can cause!
    I am a HUGE U2 fan and am thrilled that they've finally been in the recording studio. There's nothing they sing that I don't like.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Americans!

    Denise

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  31. Lovely post. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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  32. Denise - Over and over again we see how it's the author who keeps going despite rejection who finds success. And there's finally going to be a new U2 album again soon! Yes, very excited for that!

    Donna - I did have a great Thanksgiving. Pain free, too, I might add. Got those teeth fixed, at least temporarily, just in time. :))

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  33. Hi LG - hope you had a very happy weekend and yes I will pop over the Nutschell - she does so much for blogging ... dental pain is the pits ... quite agree it's really not able to dismiss it. I certainly hope the teeth and mouth completely, as far as possible, repair themselves ...

    But - now I have mental pain ... why is your picture (very cleverly!!) facing left in Feedly and once I hit the post - it is facing right ..... Autumn is pretty gruesome - but brilliant painting .. ?

    Glad Thanksgiving itself hasn't been commercialised - but that wait for Black Friday is rather nearer than it need be! Cheers and do hope you had a happy time at your brother's ... Hilary

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  34. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Luanne -- I'm a big fan of U2 as well.

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  35. Happy thanksgiving, LG! Hope you're feeling much better soon! So happy to hear about Marsha. DUO.

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  36. Happy Hoplidays, congrats to your friend on signing, and oh heck yeah, U2 is the best! I'm a huge fan and met the Edge once:)

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  37. Hilary - I did switch the painting around, it's true. I didn't like him facing away from the post. I'm anal that way. :PPP

    Milo - I did have a good Thanksgiving, I hope you did as well.

    DUO - Hey, you! I'm feeling good. Getting my final dental treatment done tomorrow and all should be right with the world again. Fingers crossed. I hope you've been well. Time to fire up that blog of yours again. :))

    Mark - Whaaaaat?? You got to meet the Edge? I was in the same building as U2 once, but I was clueless about it at the time. :P

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  38. Sadly, I know that type of pain. I hope you're doing better today, my friend! I am grateful for you too. You are a rockin' writer and a great inspirer!!

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  39. Oh I'm so sorry to hear that you've been in pain. Yes, pain free days are wonderful to be thankful for. I myself am thankful for Glade Plug-Ins as I have neighbors with smelly dogs that always cook fish.

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  40. I hope your dental problems have abandoned you :)....I am also thankful for meeting you, Your posts have been very inspirational to me, on more than one occasion.

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  41. Elsie - I know you deal with a lot of migraines. Can't be easy to deal with that on an ongoing basis. Hugs to you.

    Michael - You need new neighbors, Michael. Or an industrial strength fan. :)

    unikorna - I had a four hour appointment yesterday. Think I'm all fixed up now. Fingers crossed I stay pain-free. :D << toothy grin.

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