Sunday, November 22, 2009

Being Thankful

This will be my one and only post until next Monday, because we've got a week full of family and food ahead. So HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you U.S. dwellers, and happy awesome normal week to all of you in other countries!

First I just wanted to draw attention to the supporters/followers box in the corner. Notice something cool? That's right! Over the weekend several lovely new people decided to follow the blog and now I have 100 friends! So, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who read and/or follow the blog. I am pretty sure I've made more friends in the last 2 1/2 months than I made in the previous 5 years. You guys are awesome, and it's been a pleasure to get to know you. I hope to know you better in the months ahead.

Now onto my thankfulness story...

Saturday we went to my parents house and my sister asked if my husband and I would like to go to the philharmonic. I find instrumental music a little boring usually (wait, hold your tomatoes!), but my husband wanted to go and my parents offered to babysit so we went (I can't pass up free babysitting). Once we were out I kind of wanted to ditch the concert and go see New Moon instead, but I couldn't convince my husband that a night of vampires and werewolves would be more fun than a night of violins and flutes, so we went to the philharmonic as planned.

It was kind of AMAZING. The music was fantastic--truly beautiful and inspiring-- and the time we spent there was the most productive writing time I've had in months, even though I didn't actually do any writing.

I've been a little stuck with my NaNo novel (again) and I couldn't see where I wanted to go with the plot. Sitting in that auditorium with Tchaikovsky's music making me smarter, it all became clear. I knew how to deal with all of the things with which I'd been struggling (character motivations, plot, conflict--even specific scenes).

So I am so thankful for my sister who gave us the tickets, my parents who watched the kids, my husband who made me go, and Tchaikovsky who wrote incredible music that people have enjoyed for 150 years. I think I'm going to start listening to it all the time.

So tell me, what are you grateful for?

30 comments:

Stephanie Thornton said...

What a wonderful story! Music can be incredibly inspirational and I often find whatever I'm listening to colors the scene I'm writing (an interesting twist when I was listening to the Twilight soundtrack a while back).

Have a great Thanksgiving week!

Jade said...

That's great! I'm stoked for you.

What am I grateful for? That we didn't lose our house and that my husband is sorting out all the technical things that go along with. Also, that he understands that I need to take a couple of hours out from packing/moving to write 1600 dreadful words for NaNo!

Happy Thanksgiving! Is that what you say?

Tamika: said...

Happy for you!

The thankful list is so long! That's what I'm most thankful for, everything.

Heather Sunseri said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a great week, Natalie! I'm thankful for every single blogging friend I've made over the past few months! You guys are incredible! I look forward to each day that I get to know a little more about each one of them.

Jemi Fraser said...

Great story - I often use classical music (& jazz & blues & swing) in the classroom. The kids kind of look at me funny at the beginning, but pretty soon they're asking for music during independent reading, art, tests... Last year one of my sports-nut boys became totally hooked on Phantom of the Opera :)

Thomas Taylor said...

Er, I suppose I'm grateful for you, since I've just awarded you no less then two blogging awards:)

Follow the link to find out more and make of them what you will. There's obviously no obligation to accept them.

Happy Thanksgiving

http://thatelusiveline.blogspot.com/2009/11/blogging-awards.html

Jody Hedlund said...

It's amazing what can inspire us! Music seems to have that magical ability! Have a wonderful week, Natalie!

Candice said...

Music is one of my best inspirations. I love Tchaikovsky, not only for his music, but because of his story. His mother didn't even want him to play the piano, but he always knew the music was in him. I believe his family forced him to become some sort of civil servant. Then when his mother died he started composing again. I think his first ballet (Swan Lake, I think) was a flop, but he persevered. I could be a bit off on some of this, but I think I'm remembering it right. Anyway, he's one of those people who developed his gift and did what he wanted against the odds. And I'm glad he did, so we can enjoy his music today.

Linda Kage said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Sounds like you got exacly what you'd been needing. That's so wonderful. This year, I'm most thankful for my family. Seems like I get reaffirmed daily how wonderful they are.

Paul Greci said...

That's a great story. A good reminder that inspiration and clarity can come anywhere, at anytime. I'm thankful for my wife, who gives me the space to write and offers honest critique that pushes me as a writer. Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Jessie Oliveros said...

Classical music is very inspiring. Maybe I should turn it on when I'm stuck. I did go to New Moon, I had no revelations for my story. Philharmonic was probably the better choice :) I'm thankful for my family. Everyone is thankful for their family, but my family...they are just so great. (By the way, just as I was writing about being thankful for my family, my son picked his nose and wiped on my arm. I am not thankful for that.)

Diane said...

Sounds great and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the family! :O)

Bethany Mattingly said...

Have a great Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for family and being able to go to school to become what I want to.

Renee Collins said...

Love Tchaikovsky! Which piece of music was it?

When I write, I only listen to classical music or film scores. There's something about that kind of music that just evokes emotion.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

B.J. Anderson said...

Here's where I give the big sigh of jealousy. :D I love Tchaikovsky and classical music concerts. Although, New Moon would have been cool, too. ;) I'm glad you found some of the answers for your book.

Mary said...

I'm finding that music is helping me write as well. Congrats on the 100 followers.
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Aw, that's so great! Have a great Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful for so much, I'd be here until after Thanksgiving listing everything. LOL

staceyjwarner said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I'm grateful for health, friends and family.

much love

Tabitha Bird said...

I am grateful for family and the life I get to live. I will be posting on this though. Who can resist a little thankfulness?

Voidwalker said...

I'm thankful for being able to meet all of these wonderful people in the blogging world. Everyone is being so helpful and encouraging.

:)

kathrynjankowski said...

Music is such a catalyst; how wonderful that it helped you with your story!
Thankful that family is coming for Thanksgiving, for my new Web friends, and, of course, for the time to write.

beth said...

Oh, I love this! Whenever I get stuck, I always try to do something new, go somewhere or do something new in some way. It nearly always sparks a new idea.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

Lisa and Laura said...

How lovely! Enjoy your Thanksgiving week! This year we're thankful for family, friends and our agent.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Love that story. I have a stack of classical music CDs that I never think to listen to anymore. You have inspired me!
Have a wonderful week. I am thankful for life, which is always an adventure.

Erica said...

Congrats on the 100+ followers! What a great story. It's interesting where we choose to "write" isn't it... Glad it got those ideas flowing again.

New Moon will be there for a while ;o)

I'm thankful to be alive, this time last year, I was recovering from open heart surgery, and so every day I live, is one I'm thankful for :o)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Love it! And how appropriate that it was string music that sparked up some new ideas. Happy Thanksgiving.

Yaya' s Changing World said...

I'm grateful for everything. But one of the things I'm most thankful for is the fact that I am not a pioneer and didn't have to plug my computer into the side of a sod house. :-)

Have a great Thanksgiving. And eat to fill your feet. ~ Yaya
Yaya's Changing World

Georgina said...

Congratulations on the big One-Oh-Oh! I love reading your blog and appreciate all of the comments you leave for me.

For me, music is a muse (Hello? M-U-S anyone? Not accidental methinks). And I also find that the things that I am most resistant to trying out often end up being things that give me the greatest joy! Have an awesome week! - G

melane said...

I'm thankful for so many things, but my family is at the top of the list.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Chuck Dilmore said...

excellent, Natalie!

i'm thankful for
extended reaches and
peaceful nations.

C~