Gratitude Tuesday #3 - The Great Big World of Writers

Today is Gratituesday!

So if you watched Friday's Opening Ceremony, you may have seen "Frankie and June Say... Thanks, Tim!" - a tribute to the creator of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee.

Today I, too, would like to say thanks.

Thirteen years ago when I decided to go back to school and earn my MFA in Creative Writing, the internet and the world wide web were accessible, of course, but the world was still pretty small.  As in: you printed your manuscript, put it in an envelope, and sent it off,  worrying about it until you either received an email or the dreaded rejection letter in the envelope you'd addressed to yourself.   My "network" of writers consisted of the other writers and faculty in my program, whether I connected with them or not, no matter what genre they wrote.

Today, with web pages, email, facebook, twitter, blogs, etc., it's so much easier to connect with agents, editors, and other writers.  The world has gotten much bigger.  I joined a terrific critique group of YA writers thanks to twitter.  My network has grown and I've found support, encouragement, camaraderie, and friendship over the miles and across oceans. 

I'm thankful for each and every one of you.  For your blogs, for your comments and emails.  For every tweet, for every book recommendation, for every commiseration, for every shared joy.  You make my day again and again.  You, out there, reading this, validate my journey.  Thank you.

By the way, speaking of writers across oceans, have you entered Elodie's giveaway of MY LIFE NEXT DOOR yet?  You should!  Check out all the details and a fantastic interview with the Huntley Fitzpatrick HERE.

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p.s. as always, I'm grateful for coffee, fueling my writing dreams since 1987.


  1. Yes! Totally agree. The writing community has been helpful and supportive in so many ways to me. I'm not sure that I would have kept at it without this support. :)

  2. The world has changed a lot in really a short space of time; thanks for a great post!

  3. I, too, am so thankful for how technology has made it possible for writers to connect. Not only with one another but with individuals within the industry. What a fantastic time it is to be inspired by a muse. :-)


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