Random Thursday Thankfuls

Well, I’m pretty sure I won’t be blogging NEXT Thursday, since the house will be full of family and food and flaming flamingos. (Just checking if you’re really reading!)

So, a quick thankful for the week:

1. I’m thankful for how the eucalyptus across the road look mixed in with this morning’s fog, and for the office window that lets me look at it.

2. I’m thankful that, when we bought this house, we said, “Yes, it’s plenty big,” because, really, this means I don’t have too much cleaning to do by next week.

3. I’m thankful for a son who, when I say, “Please bring me home a donut hole,” tells my husband that it would be better to send me six and, of course, for a husband who says, “You’re right.”

4. I’m thankful that nobody from the refrigerator store has called (yet) to say, “Oops, sorry, your refrigerator WON”T be there on Tuesday.”

5. I’m thankful for the ear-muffs Paddington (the one on the left) is wearing today on Jama Rattigan’s blog, because they made me smile. Which of course means I’m thankful for Cynthia Leitich Smith’s & Barry Gott’s new picture book, Holler Loudly, which made Paddington ask Jama for those ear-muffs. Holler Loudly is definitely on my to-read list!

6. I’m thankful for critiquing clients who are happy with my feedback (in that oh-boy-now-I-get-to-revise way) and who send me a note to let me know. W…H…E…W.

7. Finally, I’m glad for a stretch of hours ahead of me today to get back to my YA and do some more work on the antagonist and plot.


  1. jama says:

    Food, family, flaming flamingos! *swoon* Four F-words in a single sentence!!

    Paddington is thrilled you mentioned him! Of course, I had to force him to take off the earmuffs so I could tell him about your post. Now that he’s got them on again, he claims he can’t hear me when I remind him of his kitchen chores. . .

    And bring on the donut holes!


    • beckylevine says:

      I zoomed in on his muffs, and then it took me a second to realize ALL the bears had them and why. Sometimes, I just think about all the cool stuff that is in your house that you assemble for these pics, and that makes me smile, too!


  2. amanda says:

    I sincerely hope you’ll be posting pictures of the flaming flamingos! 😉 Lots to be thankful for — donut holes most especially~


  3. nrhatch says:

    You do realize the irony of NOT posting a Thankful Thursday post on Thanksgiving Thursday??? 😉

    I’m thankful for donut holes too! Mmm . . .

    Have you ever scheduled posts ahead of time? When I know I’ll be away from SLTW for a couple of days due to houseguest, I often schedule articles to post automatically during my absence.

    WP makes it super easy to be in two places at one time.


    • beckylevine says:

      Drumroll…there WILL be a Thanksgiving post. Maybe not a Thankful, but it’ll e there. Now you’ll have to come look!

      I do set up some posts ahead of time, but the next few days are all crazy. I typically write ahead when inspiration grabs me, and I don’t think there’ll be time for inspiration!! 🙂


  4. You know now you HAVE to post next week, just so we can see those flaming flamingos!

    It’s great to hear all your good news, from donut holes to fridges. And I’m not surprised your client are happy!

    Lovely photo, too. We’re thinking of planting a eucalyptus in our garden — something new for me.


    • beckylevine says:

      There WILL be a flaming flamingo on my blog Thanksgiving day. It’s good to have a resident artist (son!) around when needed.

      I love eucalyptus–there was a whole forest (??) of them near where I grew up, and then when we moved here I was so happy to see a few. Now if we just had the koalas, too.

      How fast do they grow? And, also, do some reading on them and fire (they have a LOT of oil, I think)–see how close you want it to your house! 🙂 Of course, this is me with the totally NON green thumb talking, so I could be absolutely cluelessly wrong!


  5. Donna Hole says:

    I think I need to see these Paddington ear muffs. Pooh Bear was all well and cuddly, but I secretly liked Paddington the best when I was a kid.

    What sweet “thankfuls” you’ve listed. Your son sounds perceptive, and adorable.

    I’ve been reading through some of your last posts, and I find your writer’s journey intriguing. I don’t write in YA/GM myself, but I like the way you lay out your plan for the upcoming magazine articles.

    Hello Ms. Becky Levine; it is so nice to meet you (virtually, at least).

    I was thinking of e-mailing you, but I’m glad I found your blog before hand. Leaving a comment here makes it easier for you to check me out so you know I am a real person and not a spammer.

    Some months ago I purchased your Survival Guide, and while I admit I haven’t read THE ENTIRE book, I’ve found several sections that I really like. I wish I’d found this Guide a couple years ago when I was searching for a crit group. But, things have a way of working out . .

    I’m currently working on a NaNo post about moving towards the next phase -revision and feedback – and as a first step I’m introducing the different types of groups.

    I really enjoyed your synopsis in chapter 1, and when I started writing in the points that resonated with myself, I found too many direct quotes. Not entirely certain of the legalities, I’d like to seek your permission.

    I’d be most appreciative if you’d e-mail me at donnahole at gmail dot com, so that I know it would be ok to send you the proposed post for your approval or disapproval.

    Regardless of your concent, I’d like to personally say how much I have enjoyed your book. And the spotlight author interview hosted by Sherry Peterson on 12/30/2009.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    OH: I don’t know if you moderate comments or not, but if you choose not to post this comment, I will not be offended. It is, after all, merely a way of introducing myself to you.


    • beckylevine says:

      Donna, thanks so much for stopping by–and letting me know you like the book! 🙂 I’m going to email you off line about the post.


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