I am thankful for…

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So I spent many days this year complaining and pining about a lot of things. I don’t think that is unusual from how most people think because we always strive for something better. However, in striving for something better, we do have to remember that we have more than what some (if not most) people have.

That perhaps it is not the “worst thing ever” that you stuck your iPod in the washing machine when you threw in a heap of linen and now you’re musicless.

It may not be so bad, that you were swindled out of $350 bucks by a con artist. Or even that part of your roof and gutter fell into the backyard during that powerful Nor’easter that hit earlier this week.

The story of my life continues.

But it is truly during these hard times that one should take a moment and realize that you are richer than you think. More talented than you say you are and you’re not alone as you may have thought. In fact, I know that everyone has somebody in their corner. A family member, friend, colleague, case worker, or maybe a significant other, or an ex-significant other — someone who will support you in your endeavors even if it’s just to lend an ear or shoulder when you’re feeling down.

Thus, in the publishing of my debut novel and one year anniversary of my blog I’ve come a long way in 2013 and I didn’t do it alone, I had a lot of support, including from people that I’ve never met face to face.

I am thankful for my friends, without them I don’t think I would have this blog. And without this blog I would have gone insane a long time ago! But they helped me build it and supported me throughout the development of The Reporter and The Girl.

I am thankful for my family, and the lines blurs because some folks I’ve met along the way I consider family too. I see now that I have the kind of family that is always willing to provide support. We look at each other as a unit of one. If one succeeds it will benefit the whole.

I am thankful for my fellow writers, who have mentored me in the process of writing and publishing this year. Those who patiently answered my questions, warned me of certain pitfalls, advised me on where to go, and offered input when I asked. I am part of a few writing/blogging groups on LinkedIn, and you can find me there.

I am thankful for my editors, Karen Olin and Jesse Rebock, they both helped to not only create my blog posts into a book, but also to make me a better writer. Hopefully their work was not in vain!

I am thankful for my followers! Wow, so many of you have succumbed to being spammed by me for the last year or even the last few days.  For those of you who have reached out to me through the blog or email, I am touched by your stories, revved up by your opinions, and grateful for your support. I try to answer each and every email, tweet, comment, post…right now I have 400 unread messages in my inbox, another couple hundred in spam that I go through to make sure no one was accidently “lost”.

Don’t worry I will find you. And If I don’t please come find me again.

And last, but not least. I am thankful for the reporter and all those who I’ve met that inspired me to embark on this journey. Because every now and again, we will each go through the darkest times, there’s no avoiding it. And it is during those times that friendship will be tested and so will your integrity. You will see that you are braver and stronger than you think.

Sometimes we need that push off the plane so that we can spread our wings and really take off.

So, will you tell me what you are thankful for this season?

–S.C. Rhyne

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Publishing is Hard…

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What, it’s September already!

Yep, it seemed like just a few weeks ago, I posted on this blog for any freelance editors to take a look at my manuscript. After self-editing and making last minute changes, I turned it over to Jesse Rebock, for round one of professional assessment.

I twiddled my thumbs while I went through waves of worry and excitement. When I received the corrections back, I realized that I had a bit more work to do. But now it’s up for round two and I feel more confident, although self-conscious because you never know what someone will say. And my fingernails haven’t grown this summer from all the anticipation.

But its a learning process. As you can see, I use comas now instead of semi-colons. I know the difference between “lie” and “lay” and I still start my sentences with “and” and “but”. But I’m learning more about writing and the industry.

Last week, I made a decision on a book cover that I can’t wait to unveil to you all. And I’m looking for bloggers, reviewers, and writers who are interested in doing a review.

This summer has come and gone with me mainly being at the computer. Between reading, writing, and my building my kitchen, I have been very distracted from thinking about…you know. In the Spring, I didn’t think I could survive this summer hopping around the train and walking around downtown without memories surging. But I I solved that by living at my desk and spending a portion of it out of town.

This weekend some of you will be with friends and families enjoying various festivities, or enjoying your “quiet time”. The new season is hanging in the air, and soon we will turn a new leaf. I hope you guys will be turning that leaf with me, as October will mark my one year blog-iversary and all the changes in my life that came with it. All the people who have come and gone: and the ones that stayed to tough it out with me.

Because I’ve learned to share something pretty important.

I hope you all with tough it out with me too!

Sure, I have friends, plenty of friends, and they all come around wantin’ to borrow money. I’ve always been generous with my friends and family, with money, but selfish with the important stuff like love.
–Richard Pryor

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