A week for gratitude

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Here in the States, it’s the week of Thanksgiving. This year, more than ever, I think we should count our blessings. On the surface it might seem like we’re missing out on a lot, but if we pare our lives back to the basics we’ll see that even with all the challenges of COVID we’re more fortunate than most.

I promise I didn’t choose this week’s motivational quote on purpose, but it seems apt for anyone doing anything and not just creatives. Please ponder these words and take them to heart:

“You make a life out of what you have, not what you’re missing.”—Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

Also, I’ve posted the conclusion to my November story for you all. Here’s a quick excerpt:

She glanced up and down the street, wondering if anyone was watching. Should she have been worried? Wasn’t this how most stereotypical slasher movies started, by letting in a stranger when the person knew better?

“It’s about Daniel.”

Her eyes snapped back to the deliveryman. “How do you know Dan?”

This entire exercise has been an interesting one for me on so many levels, and it makes me consider even more carefully what kind of author I want to be known as in the future. For now, check out the entire piece on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In light of this Thursday being Thanksgiving, I’m going to post my Thursday R.E.A.D.s a day early. You’ll get the last installment of the R.E.A.D.s analysis of Anxious People by Fredrik Backman in the middle of the week on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Finally, this Friday is the last Friday of the month, which means a return to my parenting adventures. Find out how we spent our Thanksgiving and what the girls and I have been up to at the end of this week on Growth Chart.

Thank you, readers, for following my writing journey and giving me the encouragement to keep going with it. I’m truly grateful for each and every one of you.

Stay safe, stay socially distant, wear a mask, and have a fantastic week, readers!

E.R.G.

Instagram posts up!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I wanted to let you know I’ve posted my latest pictures on Instagram. Check out what I’m reading these days, my guilty pleasure during the holidays, and a beautiful shot of scenery. Find the thumbnails below right here on the home page, and use my handle, @EktaRGarg, for more. Or, go to Facebook, and find all of these pictures (and other fun posts exclusive to FB) on my Facebook author page.

Wear a mask, stay socially distant, bundle up, and have a great weekend, readers!

E.R.G.

Next installment of R.E.A.D.s up!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I’ve posted my next installment of this year’s new feature, Thursday R.E.A.D.s. Today I share what I think of Anxious People by Fredrik Backman as an Author. Here’s an excerpt:

Do my stories need to say big things to be loved? I don’t think so. Backman doesn’t write big, sweeping epic volumes, yet every time I finish one of his novels I get impatient to read the next one. I wish I could spend more time with Ove or Britt-Marie or Jack and Jim from this newest book, Anxious People. I think I’d enjoy becoming friends with any of them and just knowing them for many years and living out our quiet lives.

Read the whole post now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Wear a mask, stay safe, stay socially distant, and have a great day, readers!

E.R.G.