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Big thanks to everyone for such wonderful comments and congratulations.  I am a giant baby.  I cried when I read them.  And then I printed them out to save and look over when I am feeling scared or down about my writing.

I’m feeling awfully grateful this week.  For old friends.  For new ones.  

For people who are happy for other people and cheer them on.  

For clean air after a week of smog.  For running outside with mountains instead of inside with walls.  

For cute kids.  For good books.

And, on a much less important note, for the fact that I figured out how to make those peanut butter cookies with a Hershey’s kiss in the middle.  Maybe I should retitle this post culinary genius.

Nope.  Too grateful.  Thank you again.

+ comments (11)
  • Scott
    January 19, 2010

    I’m also very grateful that you learned to make those cookies with the Hershey’s kiss in them…mmm.

  • Shari
    January 19, 2010

    I LOVE those cookies! Hope I’m counted in that group of new friends, ’cause you are definitely counted as one of mine.

  • Erin Summerill
    January 19, 2010

    awww, those cookies look yum! and I think you’re the best, and I promise to be your eternal stalker/friend/wb (writing buddy).

  • Carolyn V
    January 19, 2010

    Yay Ally!!!! We are all so excited for you! You are amazing. The cookies look yum – now I need to run on the treadmill for looking at them. =)

  • Julie D.
    January 19, 2010

    I want to lick the computer screen. Um…for the cookies, not for you. Not that there’s anything wrong with you, but I don’t generally lick friends. Unless…um…nope, I can’t think of a reason why I would. But I am glad to be a part of the love fest around here. 🙂

  • Sara
    January 19, 2010

    If only I liked peanutbutter… I wish someone would make a recipe of those cookies that didn’t involve peanutbutter cookie dough. Oh well. And now I’m wondering if peanut butter is one word or two? But too tired to get up and find a jar to figure it out.
    But anyway, back to the cookies. I guess it’s one less thing for me to crave… ha ha!
    You are an amazing person, and I am so grateful to count you as one of my friends. 🙂

  • HeatherSmith
    January 20, 2010

    Those cookies are some of the best out there. I have yet to make them….think I might cheat and use a kit. 🙂

    I am grateful for you too.

  • shelli johannes wells
    January 20, 2010

    we have alot to be grateful for – especially with the news lately.

  • Natalie Hatch
    January 21, 2010

    If only peanut butter and chocolate was guilt free then I would eat as many as I could. Glad everything’s going great guns with your writing.

  • Wendy Aspinall
    March 9, 2010

    Hi Allyson
    I’m back again with great news well I think it is great news. My novel Bliss is published. But I have a question, do you ever read other authors work and if so you would read mine? I understand if you have been asked this a million times and say no but I thought I would try.
    Thank you, I thought it was only me that felt scared and unsure about my writing. So thank you it really helps to know I’m not the only Insecure writer out there and those cookies are making me want chocolate so I’m off to raid the kitchen.

  • ally
    March 12, 2010

    Wendy, I’m afraid I don’t read books for others. There’s a better explanation of why I don’t do this on my FAQ page, but mostly it amounts to the fact that I simply don’t have the time. 🙁

    But HUGE congratulations to you on getting your book published! Yay!

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