Sorry I haven't been on in a while guys. New Years Eve was crazy fun. I went to a friends house to watch movies all night. First, we had to go to pick up a new TV, and then we only watched about half or a little over of Phantom of the Opera before pausing it and we never got back around to watching it. We stayed up until about 5 in the morning, and then we slept until noon.
In honor of the New Year, I've decided to plan out this year's writing projects. I've never done this, which might have been a contributing factor to my never finishing a project, but I'm going to plan this weekend. After I've got my plan all laid out, I'm going to write a lot. Okay, I don't know for how long but for as long as I can.
On other fronts, I finished Brother Odd today. It is as fantastic as the first book--Odd Thomas. The second--Forever Odd--was pretty good, but I felt it had something missing. I still loved it, but it didn't have quite the feel that the first one had. Whatever it was, Brother Odd has it, and it left me regretting that the story ended. I wanted to read more about Odd Thomas and his new dog Boo.
The Odd Thomas novels are about Odd Thomas--obviously--a young man who can see the dead. Each book is a new adventure that Odd goes through in his quest to aid the dead on to the Other Side. Each book is also packed with excentric and lovable characters. There is sharp wit that will make you laugh out loud, but also there is depth to the stories that will touch your heart.
And just to clarify, I've been seeing some blogs where people have been posting a disclaimer to prevent from getting in trouble and I will too: All of the authors I endorse, I endorse only because I love the book. I'm not paid, they don't bribe me, and I don't receive any kind of reconciliation for my endorsements. If Dean Koontz needed to pay a high schooler to endorse his books, I'd be worried about his career.
Anyway, back on topic, I urge you all to pick up the three Odd Thomas novels and read them. They're all worth it.
In other news, I've just won a contest on the blog Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer for a free copy of Holly Lisle's new paperback Talyn. I'll be telling you what I think about it after I get it and read it, but I've heard only wonderful things and I don't think I'll be disappointed.
So there should be more news on writing in the future, but I'm just glad to leave behind the chaos of relatives and gatherings and the mandatory facial-muscle-straining-false-smile as you pull out that horrible knitted sweater you get every year from your grandma made out of color patterns a blind person would balk at.