Photo by L. Fernandez
I bless Staples and all trees everywhere.The medieval monks copied books by hand. It could take up to a year to make a copy of a book. They were works of art with colors that have never been repeated.
I am grateful for my printer and its ten pages a minute.Shakespeare wrote with a quill pen using an ink pot and a blotter. (I hope he wasn’t left handed. It’s much harder if you‘re left handed.)
I am thankful for my computer.If he wanted to change a line he had to scratch through it.
I bless copy and paste.What if James Joyce wanted to rename a character in Ulysses? It would have taken forever.
I bless find and replace.TE Lawrence left his manuscript of Seven Pillars of Wisdom in the refreshment room at reading station.
I count my blessings every time I save and then email myself a copy of a story.Countless authors trudge countless miles to libraries and archives to research their project.
I love libraries, but I am overwhelming thankful for the internet and its endless possibilities.Writing is a lonely profession. You can wait a long time to find an audience for your work.
I am blessed by my critique group.It takes a long time to hone your craft.
I am grateful to SCBWI for its events and the opportunities to meet professional in the field.
L. Fernandez is grateful for the following Writing Tools:
- The Letter M
- The TV Remote
- More Women Than Men in SCBWI
- The Library Card
- Shake N’ Bake
- The Silicon Chip
- The Electrostatic Charge
- Deinked Pulp
- The Gravitational Constant
- Ms. Berger's Critiques and Comfy Chairs
- Ms. Garcia’s Critiques and Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Ms. Kahrs’ Critiques and Groovy House
Hilde Garcia says:
I'm grateful for Kris, Lupe and Sue. Also my amazing husband Dave and my children Sam and Victoria who I love more than anything in the world. I'm also grateful to SCBWI for being a great, super fabulous organization. You guys rock! And my computer and Staples which has really great deals and rebates, you should check it out.
Ms. Kahrs is grateful for the following writing tools:
- The Gestalt I fondly call Berger, Fernandez and Garcia
- Big, fat, cranky cats that need to put one paw on the keyboard
- Writing oneself out of the Labyrinth
- Cocktails at five
- Talk Like a Pirate Day
How about you, dear reader?
What writing tools fill you with gratitude?