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Happy Thanksgiving from Touchstone Editing!

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Regardless of everything else going on, Thanksgiving as it's celebrated nowadays offers a wonderful opportunity to—at least temporarily—refocus on the good things in our lives. In that spirit of introspection and gratitude, we wanted to share a few of the things we're grateful for. Of course, that includes the support and kindness of our loved ones, but we're hoping they don't need to be mentioned below to know that.

So here are just a few of the things that we greatly appreciate having in our lives:

  • Having found a partner in Anya, in the best sense of the word. Someone who shares my aspirations and standards, knows where I come from and where I want to go, and wants to take those steps right alongside me.
  • The trust writers place in me when they ask me to edit their work—and, even more than that, when the same writers come back to me for future edits, showing me that they believe their trust was well placed. There’s no greater compliment!
  • Chocolate. (But seriously.)

  • Authors being willing to push past their protective emotional responses and dig into their work to make a story reach its potential. And then those same authors being eager to share their experiences working with me, to help fellow writers decide if my editing style will be right for them and their work.
  • That day Jennifer and I met for coffee—only to find out neither one of us drinks coffee—and came away with the idea of Touchstone Editing. I'm so glad an offhand comment ended up bringing Jennifer, who'd been only a passing acquaintance, more firmly into my life, as both a business partner and a friend.
  • Good wines. I live in California and temporarily lived in France. Need I say more?

What are you thankful for this holiday season? Share in the comments!

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