Outtakes 122



by Cait Collins

The holiday season is upon us, signaling another year is almost gone. It’s time to reflect on what we have achieved and what we have to be thankful for.

This year has been very productive for me. I have completed the rewrite of a novella into a novel. I have all my critiques and am in the process of making the final edits for HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW? I started a second work, my first attempt at a memoir. TABLES led to a spin-off entitled FIRST LOVE, FOREVER LOVE. I sent the last two chapters of FIRST LOVE to my critique group Monday night. TABLES will be completed next year.

I have three major goals for 2014. First is to complete the final edits on the novel HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW and begin submitting the work to agents and editors. Secondly, I plan to finish the final edits for FIRST LOVE and send it off. And third, finish and submit TABLES.

I have so much to be thankful for.

I am thankful for a job that allows me to earn my living as a researcher and writer. Sometimes it’s difficult to switch from business correspondence to creative writing, but that’s part of the fun.

I am thankful for the teachers and mentors who have encouraged me to keep working on my craft.

I have the greatest critique group. Natalie, Sharon, Joe, Craig, and Dee, I could not do this without you. You keep me honest and don’t let me get away with being mediocre.

I have a wonderful family and the best of friends. They listen to me tell my stories and forgive my ramblings.

I’m thankful I’ve been given stories to tell. Life, current events, work, and family all provide inspiration.

I’m very thankful for all of our readers who log on to Wordsmith Six and send comments and who “like” our work. You are the reason I write.


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