I Owe It All To…

I am not a sentimental person.

So I don’t do inspirational, holiday-themed posts.

I just don’t.

That said, I’ve come a long way, and I think it’s important to recognize that I haven’t gotten this far on my own.

This post is vaguely thankful. So I’m posting it on Thanksgiving Day.

As I said, I don’t normally do this. But I’ve been wanting to write this post for awhile… And it conveniently happened that Thanksgiving was coming up.

So. Now that I have appropriately justified this post…

I Owe It All To…

1. My dad…

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For reading to me, even when you  tired after coming home from work and we had read the book a million times before. You ignited my passion for stories at an early age.

I owe it all to you.

2. Charlotte’s Web…

For showing me that reading could be fun, if difficult – at first, anyway.

I owe it all to you.
3. My big brother David…

For giving me books that were way out of my league and thinking that I could handle them because you thought I was smart.

I owe it all to you.

4. Ted Dekker…

For being my first obsession. I couldn’t get enough of your terrifying, mind-bending books, some of which are still favorites.

I owe it all to you.

5. My big brother David…

For accidentally finding my story on the family computer and helping me realize that what I was doing was unusual. The look on your face when you realized I wrote it… I’ve never been so proud.

I owe it all to you.
6. My little brother Timothy…

For laughing at my first attempts so that I felt like the world’s greatest comedian.

I owe it all to you.

7. Tolkien…

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For being an absolute genius. You are my inspiration. If I write anything even half as amazing as you did, I would be the happiest girl alive.

I owe it all to you.

8. Annette…

For coming up with the idea that I should have a blog in the first place! Clearly, I would not be here if it weren’t for you.

I owe it all to you.

9. My little brother Timothy…

For always just going with it – even when I use you as a sounding board and ask you the most absurd questions and you have no idea what I’m talking about. Like why I would want to know how best to annihilate an entire race of people.

I owe it all to you.

10. My big brother David…

For asking me to write scripts and movie scenes for him – as if I was good enough! One day we’ll be famous. I promise.

I owe it all to you.
11. My new sister Erin…

For aiding and abetting my reading habit with Barnes And Noble gift cards and loans from her extensive library. Finally, someone who understands!

I owe it all to you.

12. The wonderful blogging community…

For welcoming me with open arms.

Anna was one of my first followers at my new digs.

Miss March and I have so much in common and love to have long discussions about it.

Cait took notice of a little youngster – me – even though she’s practically famous.

I owe it all to you.

13. The library…

For cheaply feeding my passion. I couldn’t have done it without you, my friend.

I owe it all to you.
14. Blogger…

For getting me started.

I owe it all to you.

15. WordPress…

For getting me going.

I owe it all to you.

16. Sweet librarians…

For recommending books… that I didn’t end up liking, but, hey, you tried.

17. Books…

For teaching me how to write. I never had a better teacher!

I owe it all to you.

18. My cousin and penpal…

For putting up with my voluminous letters – and occasionally writing back!

You have been there, every step of the way – not only in my writing journey, but in my life journey as well. I love you.

I owe it all to you.

19. My extended family…

For believing in me.

I owe it all to you.

20. My followers…

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For the same reason.

I owe it all to you.

When did your writing journey begin? Who are you thankful for? Who has influenced you the most? To whom to you owe it all? Do you eat turkey or ham on Thanksgiving? Do you watch football?