We entered the frigid month of February, and I’m still plugging away at my 2022 blogging challenge. It took me a while to come up with an idea, but I decided what I needed most in the coming year was to adopt an attitude of gratitude. The world suddenly got filled with so much tragedy and conflict I found it hard to appreciate the blessings in my life. Thus, I started my 365 days of thankfulness challenge. I start my day searching for some way to express appreciation for life, even if it is a small and insignificant element. Many small things can add up to a big blessing. During month one, I cover most of the major stuff. I’m starting to wonder if I can keep going in month two. I’ve never attempted to express gratitude as the primary subject of my writing. I’m finding it to be more difficult than I first thought. This post covers day fifty of my 365 days of thankfulness.
Day fifty of my 365 days of thankfulness
On day fifty of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am celebrating typing the end to my NaNoWriMo book. I wrote 50,000 words by the end of November, but the story wasn’t finished. I moved past the middle with another 30,000 words left to type. Amazing Buchanan is the retelling of the fairytale Beauty and Beast with a Cajun twist. An old plantation near a bayou outside of the city o New Orleans becomes the perfect setting to tell the story of the Rougarou who falls in love with a beautiful woman. Amazing Buchanan agrees to stay with this Will Chandler in exchange for not pressing charges against her father for a thief from one of his warehouses.
I used the Disney version of the age-old story when I found a copy of one of those Little Golden Books at one of the junk shops that Rooster and I haunt. There wasn’t a single idea in my brain about what I would write for NaNoWriMo 2021 before the fairytale suggestion. I read a blog written by a fellow blogger that suggested the retelling of a fairytale. I found the Little Golden Book, and the story took shape in my mind without much effort. Today, I will finish my first draft and save it on my flash drive. Someday, I’ll work on it again, but I will add it to my collection for now.
The old lady speaks….
This old lady’s opinion is thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Even in the darkness, we can choose to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. We all share this planet and breath the same air. We are blessed to have contact with one another. I believe we can all relate to the blessings in life, even during a pandemic. Covid-19 is a tragic landmark in our human experience., but thankfulness is an adventure we can all take together. Would you please leave a comment and share with me some of the things you are thankful for today.
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Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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