Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

James O. Born

I thought we might take a short break in learning how to write a novel on a holiday like Thanksgiving.  I tend to be a little on the sentimental and schmaltzy side when it comes to holidays.  I try to observe each one for its actual significance.  I understand the revisionist tendencies to discount holidays and traditions.  Like to say about all that Thanksgiving should represent is the subjugation of Native Americans or that Christmas is built around a pagan holiday.  I don't debate those things.  I simply like that certain days are set aside to give us time to consider the circumstances of our lives, as well as our place in the world.

I am indeed thankful for a number of things, including my relative health in this incredibly fleeting life and the happiness of my family in an increasingly stressful world.  I'm also thankful that I have friends like Patty, Jackie and Paul who support and encourage me in all sorts of endeavors.  They also talked me into participating in this blog, which has become a regular part of my week.  I hope I can continue to engage each of you with my view of how to write a novel.  In the meantime, please enjoy these assorted humorous tidbits I have found on Facebook over the last few months.  They have no connection to writing a novel or to each other.  I just thought they were funny.  Forgive me if you are the creator of any of these and I have not attributed them properly.

Next week I intend to finish the story of how I found my first agent.  By writing it in three parts I consider it a trilogy.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.


  1. from Jacqueline: Thanks for taking time to post on this most auspicious day. Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving, Jim - and to our fellow NA's, and to our readers - many blessings. And I loved those cartoons, Jim - especially the donut trap!!!

  2. Thanks to our beloved James O. for posting what we are all thinking. Wishing you all the best on this day and always....and wishing you could tell me when my 12 pound turkey will be done. Somehow it's always a surprise.