It’s Thanksgiving Day in the US and I want to use the opportunity to express my gratitude to my blog — and to you,fuschia its readers and subscribers.

A little over a year ago, when physical weakness from illness and treatment took me away from my normal writing activities and made me question every aspect of my life and work, I began this blog.

It took me a while to hit on the topic of Creative Intelligence and I still have a lot of improvements I want to make. I’m no pro-blogger, I’m a writer, very versed in old media – books, magazines, newspapers – and immersed in their ways.   I still have lots to learn about this unstructured and sometimes overwhelming medium.

But I love it.  I absolutely love it.  For me it’s the
perfect antidote to what used to be the downsides to the writing life.

So today I want to give thanks.  Firstly to you, the readers and subscribers who have kept me writing here for the past fifteen months. Thank you:

  1. for reading
  2. for signing up to read more
  3. for writing to tell me about your appreciation or about own creative challenges and successes. I love hearing from you.
  4. for buying signed copies of A Dance in Time as a gift to yourself or others.  Thanks also:
  5. for choosing to go creative,
  6. for being open, honest and willing, so that your creative intelligence doesn’t get closed off,
  7. for caring enough to stop, look, listen, notice,
  8. for wanting to make a difference,
  9. for knowing or sensing that imagination is not icing on life’s cake but the oven in which it’s  baked,
  10. for working your talents, so that life’s gift to you can be your gift to life

In addition, I also want to thank my beloved blog itself:

  1. for having no limits — word counts, deadlines or, most significantly, censorship.  Especially the self-censorship that every freelance writer must learn in order to be published.
  2. for being instant.  (It takes me five years to write my 600-page novels)
  3. for being forgiving – no matter if the blog is not perfect today, I can do better tomorrow.  (It’s not between two hardcovers on a library shelf screaming ‘how did you not notice THIS?’).
  4. for letting me be me.
  5. for allowing me full control within my woeful-but-improving technological limitations.
  6. for connecting me to readers, colleagues and clients all over the world.
  7. for helping me redefine and refine my sense of mission, in life and in work
  8. for giving birth to a new book, nonfiction this time: the forthcoming Go Creative: It’s Your Native State.
  9. for honing my creative intelligence
  10. for being something that I can trust to hold me for better or worse, through sickness and health, poverty and wealth — no matter what else is going on in my writing and in my life.

Yes, it looks like me and the blog are in this together until death does us part.

I hope you’ll continue to stick around and join in.



Orna Ross
Author: Orna Ross

Orna Ross is an award-winning novelist and poet, advocate for self-publishing and, as Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, "one of the 100 most influential people in publishing" (The Bookseller).