Thinking Out Loud is my version of a discussion post and/or a place to just get things out of my head and off my chest. I have no plans for it to be a weekly feature, but more of a space that’s here when I have something to say.
In the Spirit of Thanksgiving
It would probably be more appropriate to title this post THANKING Out Loud, because that’s exactly what this is. I have a lot of things to be thankful for – a great, supportive family and friends, good health, a job I love with people I enjoy working with, two great pets and a new apartment I’m enjoying. But, I want to talk today about some amazing people I’m especially thankful for because, some days, I’m not sure how I’d get through the day without them!
A few months ago, I applied to be part of Cora Carmack’s Street Team for All Lined Up. It was a great experience all around and I enjoyed making new contacts and friends and all the things I experienced as part of the team, but it was through that group that I met four people who have, despite the fact that we’re spread out all over this country, become great friends: Betsy @ Book Drunk Blog, Ethan @ One Guy’s Guide to Good Reads, Christine @ I Heart Big Books, and Kaitlan @ Between Order and Randomness.
These four amazing people are “my people.” Whether I need to bitch, laugh or just talk things out, they’re there in a Facebook group message. (Or, sometimes, a text.) They understand me better than a lot of my “real life friends” do. (I hate that phrase because no one is a “realer” friend than these folks, but I don’t know how else to say it.) They understand the excitement over getting a shout-out from an author or getting an early copy of a book you’re dying to read. They know how difficult it can be to balance a full-time job and a blog and a LIFE. We’ve never met each other in person, but that doesn’t matter. They’re real friends and I’m so grateful to have met this group that just “gets” me. We “get” each other. I would drive cross-country to help any of them out at a moment’s notice. We might have started out talking about blog and book things – and we still do that – but now we just talk about everything. We share photos and my day doesn’t feel complete until I talk to them sometimes. They’re my go-to when I have news to share or something to vent about. Or when I just need a laugh. I can’t wait until I get to meet them in real life. Apollycon is going to be amazing! (If only we could find a way to get Christine and Ethan there!)
There are two other bloggers I need to thank for … well, everything. The first is Ashley @ Books by Migs. I met Ashley at a book signing in DC in May, but it feels like we’ve known each other a lot longer. We love a lot of the same books and think very similarly more often than not. The only place we really differ is in our love for our respective NFL teams. We just agree not to harass each other two Sundays out of the season. 🙂 We’re constantly DMing each other to tweet about our feels for the books we’re reading and things going on in our respective bookish (and non-bookish) worlds. I’m glad to call her my friend and I’m excited she lives close to me so we can meet up at events and such.
The second, completely awesome DC-area blogger I need to thank is Stephanie @ No BS Book Reviews. I’ve just recently gotten to know Steph, but I can’t thank her enough for introducing me to the YADC world. I’ve not participated in a ton of events yet (because I suck and real life has been in the way) but I’ve enjoyed meeting the ladies I’ve met so far. This group has their finger on the pulse of the bookish world in DC. It’s amazing. It’s nice to find people who enjoy reading and blogging that live close by. It’s also nice to not have to drag a non-interested friend with me to events. I love enjoying them with other book nerds now. 🙂 Oh, and Stephanie should probably have gotten a post of her own just because of how awesome she was in helping me at NCTE this past weekend. Not only was it fun; it was productive. Sooooo many books.
There’s so much drama in the book and blogging world, so I wanted to take a minute to thank the ladies (and guy!) I’m most grateful for. They’re supportive and awesome and you should follow their blogs if you’re not already. (Yes, shameless plug on their behalf.) There are so many other bloggers (and authors and publicists) that I could thank here, and I’m grateful for all of them, but these six people are amazing and deserve a post all of their own.