Journal, The Happy Writer

Happiness is…

Peanut butter oatmeal cookies
I didn't burn anything this time! 😀

It’s so easy to get caught up in being busy, that we can forget the simple things. Inspired by Lua, here’s a list of the the small things that make me happy.

  1. Sunshine. That’s all it takes to make me smile. If the sun is out I always feel like it’s going to be a good day, but even if it turns out to be rotten, it doesn’t seem so bad if it’s sunny.
  2. The smell of libraries: paper, book binding, coffee… writer’s heaven.
  3. Blog comments.  Thank you!! xoxo 🙂
  4. The feel of pens on paper. Some pens glide effortlessly, other pens create a satisfying scratch against the page.
  5. Being so engrossed in a good book that I lose track of time.
  6. Getting an unexpected call/e-mail from a friend.
  7. Days where I have no plans to do anything – so rare!
  8. Hugs! Laugh inducing, bear-huggy, exuberant, joyful hugs.
  9. Finding the perfect name for a character in a story.
  10. Peanut butter cookies.

What makes you happy?


  1. Pretty much all mammals shorter than knee height – lambs, wee dogs, kittens, pigs!

    Blowing out zombies’ brains (in computer games, possibly in reality too but I wouldn’t know)

    That ‘moment’ when a story suddenly comes together in a way you hadn’t expected.

  2. Yes, the wee animals! That’s a good one too.
    Also, “progress,” whatever that might mean on that day, in my writing.
    Chocolate (stereotypical, but true).
    Dance (watching or doing).

  3. Lua

    Great list Tessa, loved it! 🙂
    Especially your # 8! Days like that are rare and wonderful!
    And those cookies look sooooo delicious, no wonder they’re on the list 😉

  4. 3, 6, 8, 9, and 10!!!! (#6 seems strangely familiar…)

    #7 is kind of nice too, after a lot of things have been happening, but only every now and then, otherwise it’s boooooring…

    11. Spontaneous plans. 😀 😀 😀

    1. Ahh but #7 gives you the opportunity to make spontaneous plans! Jump in that car and drive… who knows where.

      Yes #6 Shh….I think I stole that one from some guy’s website. 😉

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