Stephanie at the Writer's Cocoon just gave me an award. Sweet Friends. That was so nice of her. She says I have to list 10 things that make me happy. Here goes...
#1) My daughter. She is absolutely the brightest, most beautiful, precious, happy, crazy, smart, wonderful child I could have wished for. God truly blessed me when he gave me her.
#2) The Beach. I used to live on the beach. For 35 years. I miss it so much. It's a magical, mystical place and when I become rich and famous, I'm going back as soon as I can pack.
#3) My parents. As crazy nuts as they are, and headstrong, and stubborn, and soooo parentlike, they are the best parents I could have. They have spoiled me rotten and given me the world.
#4) My writing. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't fall in love with John-boy Walton when I was a kid. I can cook, but that's not as much fun as creating people and places and situations. I'm my own little god in my own little world.
#5) My animals. My dogs don't care what kind of mood I'm in. They love me no matter what. And Henry, the cat, is finally turning into the mouser I knew she would be. (Yeah, I have a problem with gender confusion in my house. Jon, my oldest dog is a female too. Long story.)
#6) Sunrise. I LOVE sunrise. Hearing the birds, feeling the chill, smelling the beginning of a new day. Oh it's better than chocolate. (I was going to say sex but...)
#7) Having my own office. I have all my books on one big wall, and my beach glass on the windowsills, my african violet collection on a makeshift shelf. I have two HUGE windows that overlook the back forty which I stare out of when I get blocked. It's fantastic. If I were in my own space instead of sharing it with my daughter and her playroom that would be even better, but for now, I'm happy.
#8) Knowing I am ready to query. Having finished writing and almost finished revising and editing MASQUERADE, I am on Cloud 9 it will only be a few more days until I can send out my queries.
#9) Movies make me happy. I have a collection that's too long to list, but suffice it to say, they are mostly chick flicks, love stories, and Jane Austen adaptations.
Oh, and Russell Crowe in A GOOD YEAR. I LOVE him in that movie.
#10) Really good Chinese food. You can't get that where I am now and I miss it.
So, that's my list, and I'm sticking to it. I have to send the award off to someone else, but I've got to check with Steph how to do it.
Wait, I have to add one more
#11) All my new blogger friends. They are so creative and helpful and wise and wonderful. If I didn't have them, where would I be now? Probably still wondering what to do with my finished manuscript. Thank you everyone. You make me happy.