Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

Monday Photo Shoot

Fresh when it gets here from Julie Barrett
Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Show something you're thankful for this year.

I'm thankful for two things this year: Hope and the people in my life who put up with me. But you want a cryptic picture, after which I'll explain all:

The rabbit with big pointy teeth has my manuscript!

The rabbit with big pointy teeth has my manuscript. There is no hope for the paper. ;-)

This is the anthology story I sent in last week (with massive bits of information blanked out because, you know, I have a personal life). I hope they accept it. I may know by Christmas.

Actually, I'm thankful that I have something this mundane to hope for this year. Last year I was sweating out my a follow-up exam after a second procedure to remove some very early-stage cancer cells. Just so you know, I did get the "all clear" this summer. (It takes a year.) So yes, I am very thankful for the outcome and for the medical professionals who took care of me.

At this point it's fairly self-evident as to why I'm thankful for the folks in my life who put up with me. Not only were they there through all the mess I went through with my body, but they put up with the presence of a writer in the house.

As much as that picture symbolizes hope, it also points out a basic need for acceptance that many creative-types seem to have. Hey, publication is nice. The paycheck is darn useful. Yet, they pale in comparison to the notion that someone actually likes what I've done.

I am so shallow.

Have a good Thanksgiving, everyone, and stay safe.

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