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Thanksgiving

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If only I could remember to make every day Thanksgiving, then it would be a holiday year round.

I have so many things to be grateful for. Just this week, I was offered a contract by MuseItUp Publishing for my religious thriller The Brothers’ Keepers. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.

But that is something that is pretty easy to be grateful for, something that comes along only once in a while, if we’re lucky.

But what of the other things, the day to day things that we often take for granted?

I have several. Here are just some of the things for which I am grateful for every day:

  1. I’m alive
  2. I’m sober
  3. I’m free
  4. I’m reasonably healthy
  5. I live indoors
  6. I eat on a regular basis
  7. I have clothes
  8. I am in a healthy, loving relationship
  9. I have the opportunity for the first time in my life to do what I love, which is write
  10. I’m in touch with my family again

I could easily add to this list, but I think you see where I’m going. To look for things to be grateful every day, to seek them out, to name them, and realize just how fortunate we truly are, that, to me, is the spirit of Thanksgiving, and it is something I would like to cultivate each and every day of the year.

Please let me know what you are grateful for, today and every day.

Best wishes,

Matthew

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Posted by Matthew Peters - November 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

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A New Look

Welcome to my new website, or rather my old website, with a facelift. I’ve moved from Weebly to Word Press at the suggestion of some fine people who know a lot more about websites and blogging than me. This is a work in progress and I welcome suggestions for improvement.

I want to continue to make this a safe place for people with dual diagnosis to open up, as well as those who suffer from either addiction or mental illness. A few things I want to do on this new site are post more pictures, add useful links for writers, and make some of my own writing available: I would like to post a short story and the first chapter or two of my forthcoming novel, Conversations Among Ruins. Occasionally, I promise to go random and include thoughts on other issues that strike me as important, and of use to readers.

It is getting close to Thanksgiving. In the spirit of the holiday, I’d love to hear something (or, better yet, some things) you are grateful for. Soon I’ll add my own gratitude list, but I’d like to hear yours first. If you are having a hard time coming up with something, don’t forget your gratitude for being literate–you can read and respond to this blog. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Best wishes,

Matthew

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Posted by Matthew Peters - November 18, 2013 at 8:26 am

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Interesting Article

Check out this interesting article on how antidepressants work:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/268621.php

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Posted by Matthew Peters - November 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm

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Very Good News Re: Health Insurance

This is excellent news!

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/08/21366585-us-to-require-insurers-to-cover-mental-health-addiction-same-as-physical-illness?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=4

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Posted by Matthew Peters - November 8, 2013 at 6:21 am

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Valuable Writing Links

book writingI’m going to expand my links to include those sites especially helpful to writers. In the meantime, I want to share Randy Ingermanson’s site. He is co-author of the book Writing Fiction for Dummies. Here it is:

http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/

I’d like to draw attention to two articles on the site I’ve found most useful. The first concerns writing effective scenes:

http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/writing-the-perfect-scene/

The second involves mapping out a novel, what Ingermanson calls the “Snowflake Method”:

http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/

I have benefited enormously from Ingermanson’s insights, and I hope you do too.

Keep writing!

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Posted by Matthew Peters - November 5, 2013 at 4:22 am

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