Wednesday, November 01, 2017

November IWSG and Of Course Being Thankful


Since it is now November, I want to write about being thankful. I don’t want to wallow in what is not right in my writing life, instead I want to think of all I have in my whole life to be thankful for.

Health, Family, helping others, ability, the man who shares my life with me. Being in North Carolina in the fall. Rain. Sun. Cooler weather. Smiles on student faces who have yet to know what life might give them. Kiwis, food period! Wonderful friends. And then writing. Stories that speak to me of life and what it can and cannot give.

I just saw a Norwegian film called “The Lion Woman”, made from a book by author Erik Fosnes Hansen, that I now want to read (if it ever comes out in English!). The girl is born with hair covering her body and face. I won’t do a review here, but when I woke up the morning  after seeing the movie (way before the alarm was set to go off) and my head started to fixate, once again, on the “issues” I am dealing with in my work, I started to think of Eva, the girl/woman in the movie and what her life was like. Believe me, I have nothing to complain about when I put my life in the light of hers. And that led me to thinking of what I have in my life to be thankful for. If you get a chance to see this movie (with subtitles) on Netflix, it is well worth a viewing. I don’t know if it will have the same effect on you as it did on me, but I hope it does. That is what I love about stories...Life experiences can drag you down, but they don’t have to. They can also make you appreciate what your life is, and that you even have it in the first place.

 November 1st question: Win or not, do you usually finish your NaNo project? Have any of them gone on to be published?

I have done NaNo four times. Once I didn't finish. Three times I did. One of them is in revisons and will one day see the light...


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  1. I have always felt very lucky. Even when things are bad, I always seem to bounce back. And sooner than others do.

  2. Hi Lisa - the film sounds interesting ... not one I've heard of. Good luck with your writing - and yes we all have much to be thankful for ... cheers Hilary

  3. No matter how bad it gets, someone always has worse challenges. I'm going to watch that movie soon.

  4. It's nice to focus on the things we should be thankful for instead of knit picking about the things we can't control. Have a blessed month!

  5. Sometimes we just have to stop and be grateful. We are all more blessed than we realize.

  6. There are so many people who suffer far more than I do. I have nothing to compare with how they live their lives, and I try to always remain grateful. I'm noting the film as one to order. Thanks, Lisa

  7. Sometimes the privileged, me, forget how hard life can be. Thanks for the reminder. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  8. What a lovely post. So important to take a step back and be grateful for your blessings.

  9. Yes, every time I think how bad things are, I bring to mind some of the people who are suffering far worse situations than I. Thanks for reminding me.

  10. I often get so caught up in my own worries and forget how much worse things can be.

    Good luck on your revisions!!


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