With 2012 winding down, we are fast approaching a rare but highly enjoyable moment: the fizzle of another doomsday prediction. There have been a few of these in my lifetime, and I always relish them. It fuels my inner optimism.
So in this season of thanksgiving, I'll phrase the other aspects of my update in terms of gratitude:
I'm grateful for my new colleagues in the critique groups I've joined. I'm in one that meets in person and another that meets online. The incentive to write and the feedback are equally important.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to publish... I've got another agent considering my work, and with any luck I'll have some good news on that front to report.
I'm grateful for our vacation in Hawaii, which lived up to its billing as a paradise on earth. A paradise with dangerous volcanoes, typhoons, tsunami... but hey, why says paradise has to be boring? In fact, it shouldn't be. We had a great time. I snorkeled with dolphins.
I'm grateful that our horse, Sirah, pulled through a rather dangerous bout of pneumonia, brought on by a frightening and aptly-named condition called "choke." She seems to be out of the woods now, so that's a huge relief.
I'm grateful for my friends and family, including those of the four-legged variety.
I'm grateful for having a job that I love.
And most of all, I'm grateful for Candi, my wife, my friend, and my true companion.