Today is Thanksgiving in America, a day we celebrate (supposedly) by being thankful for all our many blessings. I fear that most of us 'Yanks' celebrate more by indulging in gluttony and football, but in honor of a special occasion in which we should pause to remember how we've been blessed, I'll offer this thought:
One of the things I'm most sincerely grateful for is the fellowship of Sherlockians across the globe. I've had the company of the wonderful Survivors of the Gloria Scott for almost two decades, but in just the last year, through this blog and through the publication of my two novels, I've made the acquaintance of people around the world. Even if it's just a short comment to a post or a thumbs up on Facebook, to me it represents a link in the chain, a way of reaching out to people who share a common interest. It makes me smile, it makes a good day better and lifts a tough day's gloom. And for that I am very grateful.
I'm also so thankful for MX Publishing, which took a chance on me and published Shadowfall and Shadowblood. I've always wanted to be a published novelist, but I had been told many times that such a dream was 'just a phase' or 'silly.' Knowing that folks have read and enjoyed my modest contribution to the pastiche world fills me with a kind of joy that I haven't known with any other endeavor. I can't wait to get working on the next volume in the series!
So thank you MX and all my Sherlockian friends. As I dine today (and then participate in that other great Thanksgiving tradition, the long ride back home from a relative's house!) I'll be thinking of all of you and plotting more Shadows!