I just celebrated Thanksgiving with my family. We had a pretty traditional meal, though not the huge spread among a Normal Rockwell gathering of extended family. That's kind of hard to do in these times for reasons of expense and families being generally more fragmented anyway. Still, it was a gathering of loved ones with loving communion. I hope you had the same.
Thanksgiving is a time of blessings-counting and I can tally quite a few. Let me just recount a "top three" that I think most people would share, at least those I see around me:
* I'm together with my family and we're all in good health.
* We have jobs or are in school and can afford to eat.
* Our jobs are relatively secure for the moment with enough health insurance for basic physical well-being.
Pretty much everything else builds on these.
Now we're moving into December, which will be a busy time for us since we're about to close on a house, rennovate it, and move in around Christmas time. Consequently, Donna is doing most of our Christmas shopping online with the intent to complete it before we get into the remodeling and moving in earnest. We've gone through the process of buying and selling Real Estate several times in our marriage and the process, to me, is always exasperating-to-frightening before I find any joy in the new diggs. This time may be the worst since financing is especially hard these days. I may devote a journal entry to this subject in the near future. I think it's something I need to vent.
Otherwise, looking forward to the Christmas season and the New Year, there are a few positive momentums that I'm hopeful about. On a personal level, there's the new house that I hope will represent a transition to the next phase for my family. Such moves generally have been so and they've generally been positive. I'll talk about this in future entries where I think I have something to say that will be of value to my readers.
Regarding my writing work, I've launched a new newsletter (see the previous journal entry) that is meant to presage and follow the development of my first Dentville novel. I'm also in the process of pulling together a "free giveaway" incentive for subscribers; more on that later. These momentums feed a couple of others that will dominate my work in 2013--finding venues where I can reach more readers, and the work of writing the novel.
And speaking of momentums, one other that I launched this last week is the optimization of my website for mobile devices. That service is offered through my website host and seemed like a good idea, since a lot of people's web access is through their phones and ipad devices. The main thing I wanted to put on my "mobile" site was the journal. There was some problems with that, but I found a way to make it work, though you'll only see the current entry on it. I also wanted to provide a way for a mobile user to subscribe to the newsletter and so I utilized a tool that allows someone to text a phrase to my newsletter host and then subscribe via an email exchange (Text RAYSWRITES to 22828). You can see the results at m.rayfoy.com (though accessing my normal website with a mobile device will automatically switch to the mobile site).
So here we go into the final month of the year. Perhaps the final month for all of humanity if the end of the Mayan calendar is also the end of time. Personally I don't believe that's the case, though I think it will deserve a journal entry.