Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Sometimes, The Wheel is on Fire

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Be Grateful This Title Contains No Puns

Today I'm participating in the Early Bird Thanksgiving Blogfest (hosted by Jeffrey Beesler over at World of the Scribe), which I'd hoped would allow me to celebrate Thanksgiving a day early, since it is my favorite holiday. Alas, no. All it means is I'll be gushing on about the things I'm most grateful for. Not that I gush; it's not really my style.

So, behold! Me not gushing:
  • I have a fantastic group of friends (and internet friends) who find me more entertaining than annoying. For this I am grateful.
  • As movies and television increasingly shy away from anything original and untested, books remain an outlet for creativity. For this I am grateful.
  • It's been almost two days since my cat last used the tub as her litter box. For this I am grateful.
  • I could have been raised by racists or bigots. Yet, thanks in part to a family with both straight white Republican Jews and gay black Christian Democrats in it (not to mention atheists and agnostics, capitalists and communists, lawyers and librarians, vegetarians and veal-lovers), I have no prejudice except against the Yankees. For this I am grateful.
  • On September 5, 2010, I was not killed by ninjas. For this I am grateful.
  • Last summer I fell 30 feet to my death but didn't die. For this I am grateful. (So so so very grateful.)
  • I have over a dozen ideas for novels and short stories, and not one of them involves a vampyre, færie, or wêrewölff. For this I am eternally grateful.
  • And lastly, Denise could have laughed or told me to piss off. Instead, she said yes. For this I am more grateful than I can put into words.1
I wish each and every one of you the happiest Thanksgiving ever, in the entire history of the world. Even if you're Canadian and already celebrated it last month. Or if you're not celebrating it at all. Or if you're a Yankees fan.2

There's so much to be grateful for, so be grateful. And have a wonderful holiday!

1 Yet, by saying I couldn't put my sentiment into words, I put it into words. Sometimes my talent amazes even me.
2 Especially if you're a Yankees fan. Of course, your turkey was cooked back in mid-October.


  1. I'm also really grateful you survived that fall of 30 feet. I can't imagine the panic coursing through your head when that had happened.

    Glad you're still with us, and thanks for participating in the blogfest!

  2. this is by far the best list i've seen today on the blogs. Not getting killed by Ninjas did it for me, even though my pal Teebore was thankful for key changes at the climax of 80s power balads, which i thought would be pretty hard to beat

  3. I bet that fall was the work of ninjas too!

  4. I love this list- you do have a great talent I can see for staying alive and writing. Thanks for posting!

  5. Great blog. However, you don't really know if ninjas killed you on sept 5 since you never would have seen them. It is as entirely possible that they hacked you to pieces with katanas and everything you are doing now is a part of your purgatory as it is that we are all a part of some giants race of super hamster's diorama. We never truly know what wonders the universe holds. And for that I am grateful. Also I agree that the yankees suck. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. You fell 30 feet and lived? That trumps all!
    And must've been some lame ninjas.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Nice to meet you. Falling 30 feet has me wondering about you. Can you walk? Do you need some kind of surgery? I'm glad your alive. Liked your post.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  8. Excellent list. I'm glad those ninjas didn't kill you, but perhaps you will regale us soon with the battle that occurred that day.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. lol at your cat.
    Great list!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you

  10. Jeffery, that's okay--I can close my eyes and imagine it enough for the both of us. and thank you for hosting the blogfest! It was a blast!

    Thanks, Falen! Though I'm not so sure ninjas wins out over 80s power ballad key changes. Let's call it a tie.

    Budd, I'd always assumed the moss on that rocky precipice was to blame for my plummet, but perhaps that's just what the ninjas wanted me to think!

    Thanks, Summer! I do enjoy both staying alive and writing. Nice of you to stop by!

    Chris, that explains so much! I always thought I was part of something bigger than myself, like a diorama. And I, for one, welcome our new giant hamster overlords.

    Alex, I wouldn't go around calling ninjas lame, even if you're one yourself. Anyway, I assume the reason they didn't kill me that day was because they weren't actually trying to.

    Nancy, nice to meet you as well, and glad you liked the post! I can walk, and surgery wasn't necessary. I'm lucky the protruding rock walls didn't protrude any further, and that the water in the gorge was just deep enough. I escaped with scrapes and bruises.

    Liz, very true. That would make a good story, and I do like regaling. But first I may have to find one of the ninjas and have them tell me what happened. They're so sneaky, I only caught snippets at the edges of my vision.

    Lynda, thanks! Though really, I'd prefer my cat entertain in other, less fecal, ways.

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

  11. Hi Nate! Nice to meet/follow you. What a great list. You've managed to put a lot of yourself out there for us.Glad you're alive, but not as glad as you are I'm sure.

    All the best to you and Denise (what a lovely name!) Glad she said yes.:)

  12. Ninjas know how to grow moss, and can do it fast.

  13. Ugg. I hate all the repackaged tv and movie content too. We'll just have to keep writing and hope to make a difference! Happy Thanksgiving (and thanks for stopping by my blog)!

  14. L'Aussie, I'm glad you liked the list. And yes, Denise is a lovely name, isn't it?

    That's very interesting, Budd, but I don't think ninjas take kindly to people giving away all their secrets. Watch your back.

    Bluestocking, that's an excellent plan. Especially since I was going to keep writing anyway. Thanks for visiting!