Doll Mona on why she’s thankful in 2012
This is the time of year when people pause to reflect on life and the events that have taken place. Even though I like to groan and grumble, I do have many things for which to be thankful. Let’s see, where shall I start?
Perhaps most important on my list is my patient, understanding husband. In his spare time, he competes in barbecue cook-offs, which gives me extra time to read and write. When he’s hanging out around the house, he doesn’t whine if I’m upstairs creating fictional characters or writing reviews … at least, not too often.
I’m also thankful for my children and grandchildren who bring laughter and unexpected surprises into my life. They also prod me along on my writing and guilt me into completing manuscripts.
I’m truly thankful for my sister, a retired nurse with the patience of Job, who performs the Herculean task of keeping tabs on our elderly mother and shuttling her to doctor appointments along with a million other things. I think I’ll nominate Sis for sainthood. If you knew my mother, you’d understand.
I’m also thankful for friends I’ve made through books, book groups, review sites, conventions, or just weird circumstances. We bond over books we’re reading or hope to read or have already read, and their recommendations have saved me countless hours of searching by bringing new and original authors to my attention. We also share the highs and lows of everyday life, cheering each other on.
My fellow Dolls are treasures and my list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning them. Dolls Kitt, Noa, and Day gave me a venue to blab (uncensored) about my favorite subject. They’ve listened to my rants and whining and told me to suck it up. (LOL) They’ve been like family to me … only nicer … and I haven’t had to clean up after any of them.
As our site has grown, we’ve added additional Dolls to the Dollhouse, and bless them all, they’ve helped lighten the load. One day, I hope we can all get together, meet face to face, and celebrate our friendship. It’ll take a pretty big room to fit us all in, but I’m game.
Last, but not least, I’m thankful for authors who share their work with us, and readers who follow our comments and contests and keep us going when we start to feel discouraged. It’s not always easy to get reviews in on time or read Book A when we’d rather read Book B or C, but we do it because we know you depend on us to keep you informed. And we love you for keeping us on our toes.
From my house to yours, happy holidays.