There isn’t a whole helluva lot to be thankful for this year, as this is the year that makes dumpster fires look good by comparison.
But there are things….
I’m thankful for my family and friends, most of whom I haven’t actually been able to be within six feet of unmasked since March. But thanks to phones, Zoom, Facebook messenger, and the occasional socially distant gathering, I have still been able to interact with them.
In particular, I am thankful for Wrenn, the Forebearance, Matthew, the Godmommy, Meredith, Anneliese, Sas, ToniAnn, and Kyle. Also the entire poker gang, as well as Wrenn’s gaming gang.
I’m thankful for my fans, who remain the greatest ever.
I’m thankful for all the conventions that went virtual, thus allowing us to have at least some semblance of convention-going. In particular, I want to single out Shore Leave and Dragon Con, which had events throughout the year, not just on their con weekends.
I’m thankful for all my publishers, which this year has included Atthis Arts, Crazy 8 Press, eSpec Books, Modiphius, and WordFire Press, as well as all my editors at same. I’m also thankful to another publisher that I can’t name because of an NDA, who brought me into a really nifty project.
I’m thankful for Tor.com, a fantastic, award-winning webzine that has provided me with wonderful opportunities to expound on pop culture, which this year has included starting a Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch, continuing “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch,” writing reviews of all the new Star Trek shows (Picard, Lower Decks, and season 3 of Discovery), and pieces on The Umbrella Academy and Warrior Nun.
I’m thankful for the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, a great organization that I’m incredibly proud to be a member of.
I’m thankful for my dojo, which switched to virtual classes in the spring, and has been doing hybrid classes since the summer, thus allowing us to keep training and also stay safe.
I’m thankful for music, which keeps my soul enriched even in the worst of times.
I’m thankful for all the people who have behaved sensibly during this pandemic by wearing masks, keeping their distance, staying in as much as possible, and not doing anything idiotic. (I’m significantly less thankful for the huge numbers of people who haven’t been doing that, which is why the pandemic isn’t even remotely under control.)
I’m incredibly thankful that, despite everything that was being done to prevent it, the election this year had a record turnout. I’m even more thankful at the results of the presidential portion of that election, and I’m hugely thankful to know that we might actually have leadership in our country again, instead of self-serving corruption.
I’m very thankful to all the medical professionals who’ve been working their asses off to develop a vaccine that looks like it’s about to be ready for distribution.
And I’m thankful to you (yes, you) for reading this blog.