Writing Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving here in the United States. Given the nation’s history, today is a complicated holiday, and given my own life and ancestry, I have complicated feelings toward celebrating today. However, this will be a post of gratitude and reflections.

I am thankful

I am thankful for my loving wife and for my found family. Family is important, but after I came out of the closet, my biological family shunned me. Oh they still talk to me, when they feel obligated to do so, but we no longer spend time together. It happens to a lot of LGBTQIA+ people, and found family–the family you choose–becomes more meaningful than biological family.

My wife could have walked away, and I would not have blamed her; however, she chose to love me for who I am and not for anything else. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has meant the world to me. It may not seem like it, but Love really does Win.

I am thankful

I am thankful that, for all the suffering and struggles of the pandemic, it gave me a kick in the rear to pursue my dream of writing. Liam’s Doom came out one year into the pandemic, and although I had been threatening to write this story for almost a decade (according to my Facebook memories), I told myself I didn’t have time. So, when we went into lockdown, the universe basically said, “You have time. Put up or shut up.” Writing has been one of those blessings that has kept me going. I get excited to tell these stories and to share them with people.

I am thankful

I am thankful for the outpouring of support for my writing. Have I become an overnight bestseller? No. The process of independent authorship is a marathon and not a sprint. I’m learning along the way how to do things I never thought I would have to do (like market my own products). But I have received an outpouring of support from friends and strangers. And for that, I am grateful.

If someone asked you to write thankfulness this holiday, what would you be thankful for?

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My debut novel, Liam’s Doom, is on sale at all major and minor retail outlets from Amazon to Barnes & Noble to Bookshop.org. I request that you support Bookshop.org, as their site supports local and independent bookstores. The eBook is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and through my webstore.

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