Ellen Million (ellenmillion) wrote,
Ellen Million
ellenmillion

Thankful

I feel thankful, and I'd like to use our American holiday as an excuse to take a moment to share that with you.

I am so thankful for my family. I like to joke that I'm fond of my cellmates during lockdowns, but the truth is, you guys are great. I love living with you, and you are my anchors. I never have to look far for a hug or hilarity; our house is full of laughter and love. I am so grateful to have so much, stuck at home. I am thankful for the family outside of these walls, too, whether by blood or marriage. You are wonderful people and I think of you often, even though I'm bad at phones.

I am thankful for my author friends, Zoes and otherwise. You have been unwavering in your support and friendship, and I love that we can lift each other up. Thank you for all of your unflinching critiques and encouragement, and the knowledge you share. It's been a crazy journey for me, and I owe it to so many of you.

I am thankful for my artist friends, and I think of you all as 'my' artists, no matter how sporadic or long-ago your participation in EMG has been. Your trust and your support and your participation has been invaluable and inspiring and I am so happy to see the beauty you add to the world. Never stop creating.

I am thankful for my fans and readers. I think of all of you as friends first, and your enthusiasm keeps me going when things are hard. Whether you read or buy my work, cheer from the sidelines, or just randomly like my posts on Facebook, you are my inspiration. You are the reason I can create, and I am so grateful that I can help you escape.

It has been an insane year, and while I'm not excited for everything that has happened, I am thankful that it hasn't been worse. I'm thankful for the friends who have recovered from illness and the new life that has come about in these weird times. I'm thankful for every bite of food and drink of safe water. I'm thankful for my shelter and warmth. And I'm so thankful for all the people who make my world brighter.

Thank you. Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1778289.html (I'm more likely to reply to comments there!)
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