We are nearly a month into true summer, Wickeds. Despite our need to wear masks, distance ourselves, and avoid crowds, we still have much to be thankful for. Many barns in the Midwest and Canada display a five-pointed star. I found this one labeled, “Thankfulness.”
We are all thankful for our readers, always, and will each give something away today. Wickeds, what are you thankful for this month? Three-two-one : go!
Jessie: I am thankful for morning and evening walks along the beach and the new rush of ideas that have been flooding into my mind of late, especially during those walks. I’d love to give away a copy of Murder Cuts the Mustard to one commenter.
Edith/Maddie: I am thankful, as you can imagine, for our new 12-week-old rescue kitty Ganesh. He’s soft and sweet and playful, and he lifts our spirits daily. He likes to nestle next to me on the couch for his naps, and has made me both slow down and get more playful. I’ll give away a signed copy of Murder at the Taffy Shop.
Barb: I am thankful our family got away for vacation. The nine of us hadn’t been together since Thanksgiving and I missed everyone terribly. I’m also thankful for the people in the emergency room at UMass Memorial Hospital where I ended up on my vacation. (I’m fine.) When I think about what the last few months must have been like for them and how kind and careful they were with me, it makes me teary-eyed. I’m giving away a copy of Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody.
Liz: Barb, glad you’re ok! While I’m missing beach walks terribly, I am thankful for the time I’ve been spending outside. The dogs now have a lovely fenced-in area to call their “second home” and I’ve been spending mornings and evenings out on the porch steps watching them play, and enjoying the squirrels and bunnies that are on the other side of the fence. I will give away a copy of Witch Hunt to one commenter.
Julie: Also glad that Barb is ok, and loving Edith’s pictures of the kitten. I’m grateful for the internet. I’m launching a “Write Your Novel 5-Day Boot Camp” next week, and I’ve been thinking about how that would have worked in other times. A day in a space where I taught and people took notes. Great for the folks in the room. But being able to teach online in a Facebook group means that anyone can come and they can participate live or watch videos. Much as we all complain about being connected all the time, what a great gift this connectedness is right now. I’m going to give away an ARC of Digging Up the Remains.
Sherry: I am grateful for air conditioning. We are on day 20 of ninety or above temperatures and there is no end in sight. I’m also grateful for a couple of days where the humidity wasn’t bad so I could write outside on my porch. I’ll give away a ebook of any of my books.
Readers: What’s your July thankfulness?