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Friday, November 28, 2014

Thankful Today

Black Friday is finding me at home just as it has for the past decade. No crowd fighting, traffic jams or parking lot cursing for me. This day is more restful for me than the actual day of Thanksgiving. With six children in our family, we have a good-sized gathering at our house. I make everything. I get help with cleanup  but mostly the day is massive work for me. But today, I'm not fixing any meals. Good turkey sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner while mom rests.

I'm sure I'll be working on some writing projects but I wanted to take a moment to share what I'm thankful beyond just my wonderful family and comfortable home.

*I'm part of wonderful writing groups both online and local. I can find the answer to almost any question I have about this business and I learn from them.

*Beyond questions, these groups offer endless moral support.

*With the world in shambles in many ways, I'm glad I can search out facts from a variety of sources online and form my won opinions. I always suspect bias when I read or watch traditional media like newspapers and TV.

*Along the same lines, I'm thankful that where I live the government never tries to shut down or block twitter or other social media expressions.

*And I'm thrilled with the invention of online shopping. I'll probably get more Christmas shopping down from my office than most of those people standing in long lines at stores. And now that my children are grown, I don't have to search out any 'toy of the season' like I did when my boys were into The Power Rangers all those years ago.

*I'm absurdly grateful when readers take the time to review my books.

Hopefully, you have today as a holiday after yesterday's indulgence. Or if you're not from the USA, I hope you know that we're thankful to have friends across the globe.

Anything besides family, home and hearth, you're thankful for today? Do any digital shopping today or did you venture out into the malls of bedlam? Any special online support you're grateful to have?

Susan Gourley writes epic fantasy and also romance as Susan Kelley. She's the author of the bestselling Recon Marines Series and The Warriors of Gaviron Series. Her blog is Susan Says.


  1. Hi Susan .. can understand the sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner ... and then hibernating with some project - makes absolute sense. I'm sure you had a happy day and that everyone helped out in the end .. though the wife and mother ... do seem to have the most work ...

    No - no shopping even though Black Friday has hit our stores ... and I'm just delighted with my online friends and knowledge bases I can tap into ... Happy weekend - cheers Hilary

  2. Happy weekend to you too, Hilary. I did have some help yesterday though some things go better after I kick the help out of the kitchen.

  3. Online shopping is the way to go, easier, quicker and you can do a quick search and find promo codes for just about anything, saving money. Agreed, a lot of what is printed and said in traditional media is biased.

    1. I already on your blog what the cat thinks about shopping today. All I bought today were three books online from my daughter's Christmas list.

  4. Hah...go out on Black Friday? There's not enough Valium in the world! I'm grateful for my home, family and friends...and a bunch of other things. :O)

    1. You and me both, LuAnn. It was nice to stay in today and buy a few books online.

  5. I'm thankful for IWSG, Do You Have Goals, and Celebrate the Small Things groups. I'm also thankful for book reviews!
    I stayed in for most of the day, but we did head out for two hours of shopping in the afternoon - this is usually when the majority of the crazed sale shoppers go home and there are a few sales that work for us. My husband actually likes to shop on Black Friday because he likes to strike up conversations in line . . . and he hopes he's making everyone's day better that way.

  6. Shopping online is great for me. I'm Thankful for the kind bloggers I've met across the web, several who are happy to go comment-for-comment with me in blogging. That's always exciting.

  7. I'm so thankful for our local group too, Sue! And I love online shopping. Great post!!

  8. I am very thankful for the harsh/brutally honest feedback I have gotten over the years about my writing.

    As for Black Friday, I have never, in the past 40+ years of my life, participated. Fantastic streak, don't you think?

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