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Ten Things This Writer is Thankful for This Year

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October 10th: Tenth Post

10. October is launch month and there’s so much delicious new writing out there to be sampled and devoured.

9. My daughter not only read something I wrote, she liked it! On Facebook even!

8. My Acer notebook is tiny, light, never unbalances me and fits into my purse. It’s portable by both able-bodied and disabled definitions of the word. A real treat.

7. On this sun-bountiful weekend imported straight from July, I will go outside to read.

6. It’s as sunny as that magnificent day a few weeks ago at Word on the Street, when I had the privilege to share a panel with another alumnus from the Humber School of Writers, the amazing Julie Booker, a role model to us all, as she’s still writing with twins!

5. I’m abundantly grateful to my Coach House editor, Alana Wilcox, who made possible for me to both publish my novel and rewrite the rest of my life.

4. I’m so thankful for all the folks at Coach House I have to mention them twice! Last week, I attended their first fall launch after my own fall debut. As corny as it sounds, I was more than a little overwhelmed by such extraordinary company:

Sina Queyras read from her debut novel, Autobiography of Childhood
Tristan Hughes read from his novel, Eye Lake
Rob Benvie read from his novel, Maintenance
David McGimpsey read from his poetry collection, Li'l Bastard
Leigh Kotsilidis read from her debut poetry collection, Hypotheticals
Jenny Sampirisi read from her debut poetry collection, Croak

3. Open Book has made it possible for me to pig out on the International Festival of Authors this year and I intend to thoroughly enjoy sharing my second Thanksgiving feast with all of you.

2. Pumpkin pie. One must always be grateful for its sweetness in this troubled world and that there exists one entire day devoted to its guilt-free consumption.

1. This year, when I’m asked what I do for a living, I’ve finally learned to smile and say, “I’m a writer.” Thanks to my friends and family, and all of the above, I believe it myself.

Wishing all of you a happy, reflective and grateful Thanksgiving!

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Dorothy Ellen Palmer

Dorothy Ellen Palmer is the author of the novel, When Fenelon Falls (Coach House Books). She lives in Toronto.

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