In the Fandom, I am Thankful for... · 4:30pm
Dear Loyal Watchers, Interested Visitors, and Confused Passersby,
Over the last two weeks, my daily work has been filled with watching students construct the traditional hand-traced turkey. This are often adorable, usually slightly lopsided, and more or less disposable. It is a yearly Thanksgiving tradition, and one that heralds many things.
There are, of course, always variations on the theme...
More complicated than that however is the usual short paragraph that is written on lined paper and which follows along beneath the bird itself. Here, the kids write that they are thankful for their friends, their family, their pets, and all of the usual answers. In many ways I'm jealous of how easily they are able to give their answers. It seems that as we age it becomes much easier to dwell on the negatives, and we seem to lose touch with the minor miracles that make up our day. I could be depressed by the fact that I'm having reheated chili for dinner tonight due to my family not being able to get together until the weekend, but I can't.
In reality, I know that I am amply blessed. Thanksgiving is a day to recall that...
... and that is no less true here in the fandom.
So, what am I thankful for here in the high-stakes, high-risk world of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fan fiction? Well, let's see...
1.) My Old Watchers
You guys have stuck by me for four years. Four. Years. Of course, everyone joined on at different points, but seeing the same people go with me as I make this bizarre little journey through my fever dreams has been something unique and special. I deeply appreciate it, and you have my thanks.
2.) My New Watchers
Despite a year-long writing dry spell, people still seem to be investing their time in me. I can't say how much I truly appreciate that, and I can only hope that I'll be able to provide you with new things to read and enjoy soon enough.
3.) A Chance to Collaborate
Working with other creative people has been a highlight of the fandom for me. This year it was especially true. My continued thanks go out to Jim Davis, who is working so very, very hard to make the audio play of The Youth in the Garden come to pass (you have until December 31st now, if you still would like to try out!) Most especially I am blessed to have been able to create new comics with dSana, who we know as Stainless Key. The ability to combine my writing and her amazing art has essentially saved this year for me, from a creative standpoint. I'm thankful that you have enjoyed those efforts.
4.) A Chance to Learn
I have been active in many fandoms over the years, but I have never grown so much as a writer as I have in this fandom. By looking at what authors that I respect were achieving, through the constructive criticism of people who have read my stories have provided, and most especially through the help of pre-readers and editors like Argon Matrix, Future, Kalsh93, LuminoZero, Icy Shake, Predhead, Inquisitor M, Fury of the Tempest, John Perry, Applejinx—and too many more to mention—I have grown substantially as an author. Thank you all so very much!
5.) Real Friends
Turning an "Internet Friend" into a "Real Friend" is one of the great achievements of the digital age. You know who you are, and I am deeply appreciative for you trust in me and for the friendship you provide.
So, that's that! I'm thankful for all of you who took the time to read this blog, and I wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. And, as my longtime followers know, with the abomination of Black Friday rearing it's head tomorrow, an annual tradition and request on my part is soon to appear... as Advent is just around the corner!