I was taking a much needed break from all things NaNo to catch up on blogs I follow when I stumbled upon a great post by Brenda Drake. She's hosting a Thanksgiving Blog Hop where you post things you are thankful for in your life. Now I'm a little late to the party, but couldn't resist joining in anyway. It's a great way to focus on all the wonderful things in our lives.
Although I do love M&M candy, that's not what I'm talking about here. I'm referring to my critique group. This is actually an extension of my #1 because the members of my critique group are also two great writers in my family.
Not that it needs to be said, but she looks nothing like this.
My sister-in-law Maribeth was the one who got me back into writing again. I got away from it years ago when I had kids and was working full time. I didn't realize how much I missed it and I will be eternally grateful to her for bringing this part of myself back to me.
He actually does look a little like this, especially when he reads some of my work.
My son Michael and I have become a lot closer since we've been working in the critique group together. We have totally different styles and ideas, but I love hearing his thoughts. He's always loved to read and devours books on any and all subjects. This gives him a great perspective that our group finds extremely valuable.
Michael and I grew apart, as is common, when he became a teenager. Now, we've connected again and I'm always in awe of his intelligence. He is very straight forward and keeps us on our toes.
Even though our busy lives keep us from meeting as often as we'd like, I know I can call on both of them when I have a writing problem. They always make time to help me when I need it.
I am thankful that they help me fight the battles I face on the way to creating a great story.
*Images from Google Search M&M