Thank You Post

As a child I was brought up to say, “Thank you.” It was an important word. I can actually remember being prompted by my mum whenever someone gave me something when I was very small. (Just in case I would forget.) Over the years, it became so ingrained in me that it’s become a natural thing, but more than just saying the word is the meaning behind it. The feeling of gratitude is actually pretty awesome and it brings me so much joy. I love this quote by Rumi that goes like this: If you say only one prayer, make it, Thank You. 

I believe these words and so I’ve decided to make this a thank you post from me to all of you.

This year has been an amazing year for me as a writer. I have so much to be thankful for—big and small. First and foremost are my husband, children and grandchildren who support me through all of this. They listen to me talk about writing and books and publishing and never once tell me to quiet down, even when I know I’m repeating myself and talking about things that aren’t nearly as relevant to them as they are to me.

I also have some amazing friends, some are writers and others aren’t but, regardless, they’re with me every step of the way during this writing journey I’m on. I wish you all could have been to the book launch of Cammie Takes Flight. You’d have seen the work that went into preparing for it. My community, my friends and family are amazing. And I was so very gratefully to everyone who was able to help out, and for those who came to wish me well or helped in any way. I know I’ve said it many times but “Thank you” bears repeating over and over.

Thanks to all those who have bought my books, read my books, borrowed my books from the library; and to those who took the time to rate or review my books on GoodReads and Amazon or any other site. And thanks to those who emailed or phoned or wrote or told me in person that they enjoyed reading about Cammie’s latest adventure. To be truthful many people will tell you they read your book but many never tell you if they liked it. That is why it is such a joy to hear when someone tells you they enjoyed the book you spent years working on. A writer invests so much time into their craft. It’s not simply a matter of whipping up a story and having the words all fall into place. It’s special to hear praise for your work and something writers never take for granted.

Thank you to those who offered word of encouragement, who shared my book posts on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site or told others about my book the old-fashioned way. Thank you to my publisher for investing in me and my stories and for helping Cammie find a readership. Thank you to the editors who have worked with me over the years. I’ve been very fortunate. A big thank you to the Ontario Library Association for nominating Cammie for the 2018 Silver Birch Award.  That was a pretty sweet moment when a call came all the way from Ontario to tell me the news. I was kind of at a loss for words, which maybe isn’t a good thing for a writer.

Most of all I say thank you to The Powers That Be for allowing me the freedom to explore life through the written word, to create stories, and to have the opportunity to share what I’ve written with the rest of the world.

So as 2017 winds down for this writer, I look forward to what lies ahead in 2018 with a big old “Thank You” ahead of time.

 

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  1. Linda Pineo

     /  December 22, 2017

    Laura, you are such a humble person. It shines through in your writing and I love it. … and saying thank you is so important no matter who you are.

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    • Thanks, Linda. I so appreciate your support. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing all good things for you in 2018! ❤

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  2. And Thank you for being such a good writer friend. You have encouraged me from the start when we both had a short story published in the same anthology all those years ago.All the best for 2018!! The sky is the limit.

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    • It amazes me how people meet and becomes friends, perhaps simply by chance and the fact that we reached out to one another because of the anthology. It’s been great! I wish you all good things in 2018. I know you’ll continue to soar!

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  3. Angela Wilson

     /  December 25, 2017

    I say thank you all the time. And please. And sorry when it is not my fault. I even say sorry to a door or wall if I bang into it. hahhahah Keep the creative juices flowing, keep saying thank you and keep on keeping on.

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    • Thank you is important as is please. And while “sorry” is sometimes warranted, I sometimes think we over apologize for things we shouldn’t. Not sure if that door or wall would agree.. Hahaha… Happy New Year , Angela.

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  4. I’m late to the party again, but you know, Laura, that I appreciate you. Thank YOU for introducing me to WordPress eight years ago, and for your encouragement, and for the wonderful books you write. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you. May it be a year of continued and new successes.

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    • Thanks so much, Lynn. I’m so grateful that you got up the courage to introduce yourself that day at Coles when my first book came out. It’s been a joy getting to know you. PS: Jan’s got two books coming out this year so maybe we’ll bump into each other. 😀

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