TURKEY DAY. It came and, with it, the holiday brought more delicious food than we eat for the rest of the year combined, delightful conversation and, more importantly, an ushering in of full-fledged Christmas madness.

Where would we be without Thanksgiving? I think maybe there would be no "holiday season." There would simply be a holiday... Christmas. Maybe without Thanksgiving we would be able to hold off on the Christmas music until two weeks before (my goal every year) instead of two days before the fourth thursday of November (my average).

At work on T-day, I got into a discussion with one of my boys (aka: a long-term hotel guest who is starting to feel like family). He was not born in America, and having moved here as an adult he says he was introduced to one of the things he loves most about the US - how thankful we are. So without Thanksgiving I think we'd also lose something that reminds us how lucky we are.

In honor of my holiday, I've made a list. YA Fiction is all about lists, so it even fits in with the theme of the site.

Of course there is my family. I love you guys so much Mom, Matt, Pat, and assorted others (guess who!). My writing friends and college friends who have helped me grow so much. I'm thankful for my job, my writing, and my college education, all the way down to being thankful I ever learned how to read so I would be qualified for the things I do today.

More recently, I'm thankful I'm healthy, for the beautiful weather and my puppy, and the fact that I seem to have a randomly excellent credit score for no reason I can fathom. I'm thankful I have a patient agent and some fantastic betas who will hopefully receive my book tonight after I put in just a few more changes.

I'm thankful for you guys here on the blog, my friends on Facebook who play Castleville and send me exploration crystal shards, and Netflix instant streaming.

So if you are reading this, I'm thankful to you. May we have an amazing Holiday Season.