Well, this is pretty ideal. Road Trip Wednesday, my favorite part of the week, asks:
What writing or publishing-related thing(s) are you most thankful for?
Ok, first--I have to talk books. I meant to do this earlier in the month, when I named The Hunger Games as the book I am most thankful for.
1) Anne of Green Gables (and the other seven books in the series). Little Women and Little Men (ugh, not Jo's boys). A Little Princess. The Giver. These are the books that I've read more times than I can count and that taught me how to be a person.
2) Speak, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Looking For Alaska, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, The Hunger Games series, Divergent, Delirium, If I Stay, 13 Reasons Why, The Compound, Uglies and the rest of that series, The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy. I'm sure I'm forgetting some. These are the books I've read since I started education grad school and made YA reading a priority. I wasn't a big reader of YA when I was a young adult--I read children's books for so long that I felt like I had to just jump straight to YA when I left the nest of the children's room at the library. These books are all over the map, genre-wise, but they all have characters I got to know and many, many of them made me cry. On the subway.
3) Which brings me to the subway: not technically writing or publishing-related, but it is where I do nearly all my reading. A 45-minute subway ride (each way!) is tough sometimes but it usually winds up being a highlight of my day.
4) The blogging community! I know everyone is saying this but there's a reason for that. I'm writing so much more regularly now than I ever have before, and I can actually imagine showing my work to people. Thanks, everyone, for helping me think of myself as a writer. (And special thanks to RTW, for giving us all such creative topics to blog about every week!)