FRIENDSGIVING. A term I learned from the beautiful people at the office. Thanksgiving but with friends instead of family. It works for me as we don’t have families here.
SO. A lot to be thankful for this year. In no particular order:
• HEALTH. My blood pressure at a high of 100/70 and a low of 90/60. As I have always said, this is partly due to a doctor that knows his thing. He is one of the reasons I would never want to leave New York.
• FRIENDS. This year, friends were separated from non-entities. I am grateful for both. The ones that stayed true through the years and the one that revealed her true color of being a pretense, a thief, and an illegal alien in New York as the film says: champagne for my real friend, real pain for my sham friends.
• WINNING THE BEAUTY CONTEST FOR THE NOVEL. Smooching with a National Artist for Literature, gathering well wishes from other novelists, playwrights, fictionists as well as meeting my self-proclaimed literary parents cannot be beat. This year rules.
• THE IDEA THAT WOULD BIRTH THE OTHER NOVEL. A novel begins with an idea. Without it, nothing would be written no matter the discipline, the software, the posturing. The lack of idea is the reason a lot of so-called writers are proclaiming the to the world that they are writing a novel but producing none. The surest way NOT to become a novelist is this: do not have an idea but do have a blog.
• FREELANCING IN BROOKLYN. Who would have thought that earning a few cents short of minimum wage could be so fulfilling? The lack of stress, learning about the start up culture, meeting young Brooklynites, the list goes on. The best part? I learned that an office free from negativity exists. This afternoon, as I said goodbye to the beautiful, cheerful people, I learned that doing good work gets noticed, no matter what. Verbatim: “You are a ninja.” And “You are our fastest helper.” And “You are awesome.” And “Of course, come back this January, we’ll gladly have you.” While I did do my best and followed my personal code of “be indispensable to your employer”, hearing these words is something indeed.