As today is somewhat to be set aside for contemplating at least a bit on what you have to give thanks for, it's what I'll post something about here today.
I try to use the EWN as a sounding board on literature only, but occasionally something about my kids will sneak in--they by far top the list as to what I'm thankful for. They're not perfect, but neither is their assumedly biggest role model so they have that as a fair enough excuse. Their good far outweighs the few things that keep them from being perfect though.
The ongoings of the EWN and Dzanc from my end would be greatly reduced if not for the amazing amount of help I get from my parents, my sister and one aunt in particular. Their love, support and constant helping in the zoo that is getting things in my personal life taken care is essential.
Which gets me to Dzanc Books. I've said it before but by far the best thing that has come about from starting up Dzanc Books is getting to know Steve Gillis better. This past year hasn't been the smoothest for either of us which has made the friendship that much more important. If I yelled the highest accolades possible about him as a person, they wouldn't be enough and getting to know the rest of his family more this year, and seeing the impact Steve's lifestyle and actions have had on his kids, only confirms those thoughts.
Continuing to develop Dzanc with great people like Matt Bell, Steven Seighman, Scott Beal, Eugene Cross, Diane Goettel, Gina Frangello, Stacy Bierlein, Dwayne Hayes, Jessica Bomarito, Peter Cole and Ted Pelton, and an incredible cast of interns that helped this year has been fantastic. Getting to work some with Jeremy Chamberlin has been great too.
Getting to know many of our authors much better this past year, especially Dawn Raffel, Jeff Parker, Terese Svoboda, Hesh Kestin, and Robert Lopez, as well as continuing the relationships with past authors such as Roy Kesey, Yannick Murphy, Peter Markus, Kyle Minor, Michael Czyzniejewski, Suzanne Burns, Peter Selgin, and Laura van den Berg, plus future Dzanc authors such as Henning Koch, Jonathan Baumbach, Jeff Kass, Pamela Ryder, Sean McGrady, David Galef, Josh Russell, Jac Jemc, Eugene Cross, Jennifer Spiegel, Luis Jaramillo, Stephen Graham Jones, Josip Novakovich, J.A. Tyler and Matt Dojny.
The continuation of the growth of the community that is the EWN, and the impetus for almost all of the above relationships is also something I'm very thankful for. It's been a decade now that I've been doing this stuff and I think I'm getting close to the point of no longer being worried about burnout. A great part of that lack of worrying is from some of the great friendships this has led me to, especially of some people in the local area like Steve Gillis, Elizabeth Ellen, Aaron Burch, Matt Bell, Mike Alber, Jeff Parker, Barry Graham, Keith Taylor, Anna Clark, Jeff Kass, Scott Beal, Terry Blackhawk, Peter Markus, Norene Cashen, and many, many others that are fighting the same fight--they make it too much fun to ever think of burning out.
I hope anybody that is reading this today has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that those of you that are reading it afterwards are late to the reading because you had such a fantastic Thanksgiving.