Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kittens and Puppies and Babies

by Leann

As the first big holiday approaches, my extended family won't be with us. We will spend the day with good friends whom we have known for decades. It will be a special day and I am glad this may be the last holiday we will spend in the rental. I want my own home again.

As usual, I have editing to do. It always happens this time of year. But I
am grateful to be doing rewrites. I had a feeling this book needed work, but letting the editors have at it is always good because I can step back for a few weeks and let it rest. I am seeing it much more clearly as I respond to their comments with revisions. This week is all about being grateful, right? I'm grateful to my editor and her assistant.

I am also grateful for all my loyal readers and all my writer friends. It has been a tough week because even though I welcome revisions, seeing those errors, being confronted with the lack of clarity in a manuscript makes me beat myself up. I am very sensitive person and it gets to me, even when I know I can make it right. People seem more stressed this time of year, too. They lash out and sometimes only recognize their own point of view and do not listen to the other side. That is human nature. But when you are the person being hammered, it can be tough. I mean, I cry at the drop of a pin. I would love to spend the rest of my life surrounded by kittens and puppies and babies.
They don't judge, they don't criticize and they don't care if you've screwed up.

Do I wish I could be with my East coast and West coat families where we're all laughing and sharing and playing games? Sure I do. Doesn't mean it would be all Normal Rockwell, of course. But I can dream. For now, I am taking it one day at a time. My precious epileptic kitty Marlowe is teaching me how to do that because I never know if he will be gone tomorrow, taken by this mysterious illness of his.  Everything happens for a reason and he was sent to me to learn this lesson.

What about you? Do you have days where it would be wonderful to just have kittens and puppies and babies--or rather the feeling of being completely accepted for who you are? Maybe your Thanksgiving will give you that this year. Have a happy day, everyone!


Aurian said...

Happy Thanksgiving Leann! And I hope the book becomes amazing when you are done with editing.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Aurian!

Dru said...

Happy Thanksgiving Leann! Good luck with your editing. Just think, next year at this time, you'll be in your own precious home.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Dru. Hope you have a great day. Yes, I will be in my DECORATED home. I am bringing holidays back once I move in! :-)

Jeannie D. said...

Happy Thanksgiving Leann! Yes, I have day's when I am much happier being with my kitties than with people. But, as I have aged, I have learned to take each day and appreciate it and all the loved ones that are still with me. Life is short and I don't want to look back and regret that I didn't enjoy living it and being with my loved ones, instead of worrying about the little things in life. I am thankful for all you wonderful author's and all the great books that makes life more bearable on the bad days!

Leann Sweeney said...

You are so right, Jeannie. I hope you have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I will!

Rachelle21 said...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. We do not have close family so we have been going to dinners at churches. The local Catholic Church has been having Thanksgiving Dinner for the last few years and will not take donations for themselves but will accept checks or money for the local food pantry. It is good for us to be among the friends we have in town.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Rachelle. I hope you have a wonderful meal in great place surrounded by friends. :-)