I have the honor of wrapping up the TA Three Weeks of Thanks-Giving. To read the eloquent posts of my fellow TAs, follow these links:
Like all of you, I’m thankful for many things like family, friends, church, health, a place to live and thousands of other things that I sometimes take for granted. But since this is a TeachingAuthors blog, I’ll confine my thankful thoughts –online anyway – to blessings in that part of my life.
I’m thankful for great teachers. I recently spoke at the Arkansas Reading Association where I did a session titled “Writing Nonfiction Using Fiction Techniques” which was attended by some amazing teachers. Teachers today are given the task of teaching students how to write. It is a tall order and not an easy thing to pull off even for a professional author of books. I’m thankful for teachers who do their best even though their classes are filled with a wide range of students that include both gifted and talented and struggling readers.
I’m thankful that people, organizations and museums through the years have preserved our history by preserving documents and artifacts. As a nonfiction author who does lots of primary source research, I can do research like I do because those before me had the forethought of preservation.
I’m thankful to enter this holiday season with an exciting new project spinning through my mind. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the real treat of having my newest project go to auction. It is a dream of authors for more than one editor would want to publish their next book. I know the new publishing house and editor is just as excited about the project as I am.
What are you thankful for?
Carla Killough McClafferty
P.S. from Carmela: We thank all the wonderful readers who shared their gratitude for so many things in comments to our posts during the Three Weeks of Thanks-Giving. I promised a round-up post with links to other bloggers who participated, but since I received only one link, I'll just share it here. Carol Varsalona posted a lovely fall image and Thanku on her Beyond LiteracyLink blog. You can read it here. Thanks for joining us, Carol!