Thankful for… ~ Outside the Margins with Shae Connor

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When I realized my OtM post this month would fall on the day before Thanksgiving, the topic became an easy choice. I know everyone’s posting about things they’re thankful for this month, but I think that’s one thing that never gets old. As I sit here enjoying a day off (and trying to up my NaNoWriMo word count), here are the things I’m most thankful for.

I’m thankful for my family. My parents have been married for 51 years and counting, and though they’ve had their problems, they’re still just in love as ever—maybe more so. If anything makes me believe in the power of true love, it’s them. They support me in whatever I do, even when they don’t quite understand or agree, and they’re always there when I need them. My “long-suffering sister,” as we jokingly call her, has been my best friend since we hit adulthood, and even her getting married and going off to live with A BOY won’t change that.

I’m thankful for my friends. I have friends I’ve known since I was a kids, friends from college, friends from my past fandom forays, friends from Dragon Con, friends from my writing career. They all bring different things to the table, and they all have their own ways of making me smile. In particular, I’m thankful for my roommate, J.P. Barnaby, who keeps me from being lonely now that my sister’s moved out!

I’m thankful for my dayjob. I know I gripe about how it takes time away from writing (it does!), but in truth, it’s a great job. I love what I do (most of the time), and I love my co-workers (most of the time). It pays well and has good benefits, and I have plenty of flexibility and leave time to go to writing-related events. As much as I sometimes think it would be nice to be able to write full time, I also know I do much better with regular paychecks.

I’m thankful for my writing career. It’s something I really enjoy doing, and I’ve met some wonderful people. It might eventually be my “dayjob,” though I think that’s more likely to happen after I retire from the current job. But even as a second career, it’s amazing and fun and interesting. My fourth novel came out this month, and I’m well on the way to finishing number five.

I’m thankful for my publishers, my editors, and my readers. You’re the reason I have a writing career, the reason I’m able to keep publishing the stories my characters give me. I quite literally wouldn’t be here without you. In particular, I’m thankful to Elizabeth North at Dreamspinner Press for giving me a shot five years ago and being one of my biggest cheerleaders ever since.

I’m thankful for the internet! Without the online world, a lot of my favorite things and people wouldn’t be a part of my life.

Most of all, I’m thankful for my life. I have more than enough food, clothing, shelter, and luxuries. I’m in a position to be able to help out those who need it. I’m in good health. I spend my days doing things I enjoy, and I sleep well at night. I’m well loved and love well in return.

And I can’t really ask for more than that.

~Shae Connor

 

About Shae Connor

Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.

A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Writers chapter, Shae was first published in 2010 and has a lineup of short stories, novellas, and novels available from Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, MLR Press, and Amber Allure.

Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s an annual volunteer for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at shaeconnorwrites@gmail.com or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com. .

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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