My resolutions? I've got the basics: eat better, write more, and one new one learned the hard way: Don't offer help unasked for. (With the caveat: Unless the person is in physical danger.) That's right. I'm still the same helpful person as ever, but if you want my help, you have to ask for it. Yeah, there's a story behind it--a lot of stories actually--but I'm sure you know exactly what I mean without a lot of examples.
Best book I read this year: Hands down: Josh Bazell's Beat the Reaper. Nope. Nothing paranormal about it, although that's how I found it--while doing research for my Reaper novel. It's about a mafia hitman turned doctor. In addition to being brilliantly structured, the writing is clean--ever single little thing he mentions has a purpose later on. So pay attention to the footnotes. (Yes, footnotes.)
Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book runs a close second. I listened to both on audiobook. You know you can download audiobooks free from your library, if your library is participating in the Overdrive program. Just put your postal/zip code in the search engine to find a library near you: http://overdrive.com/
Biggest event of 2009 for me? I became a grand-aunt. Audrey Elizabeth was born 2 days ago... and already has her own Facebook. Awww. I also published my first novel, GYM DANDY, finished my second, SHIFT HAPPENS (currently being shopped around), and started my third, SCYTHE DOES MATTER.
An apology: After a dozen years of living on a steady diet of gay and m/m and slash fiction, I'm afraid I've OD'd on it. Erotica in general, too. So I apologize now, but I haven't been keeping up with anyone else's books. The only books I'm reading are research material and funny books (which are still research, really). Sorry. I still love you, though.
The future of this blog--is to revisit the past: I came across a post from a year or more ago. It was someone I didn't know telling someone I didn't know that they just had to friend Storm Grant's journal since I provided a lot of useful information. This year, between getting several pieces published and making the choice to concentrate on my own writing, I posted very little stuff that was of interest to others. (Yes, I realize my ongoing word count is not that fascinating to you. ;-D ) I figured there were enough helpful journals out there. But I miss being thought of as a useful, helpful person. I think a compromise between me spending a lot of time writing helpful posts and therefore having less time to write my own novels, is that I'll post a lot of useful links--sort of a writer's portal. I still cruise a lot of writing-related blogs so I'll just post the links. After all, most of you friended this journal in the first place because it offered interesting content.
If you see something you think would be good for other writers to know about, please post in the comments or email me or DM me on Twitter. Not just today, but all year long.
So here's the first useful link: A prediction post for the publishing industry from a break-out publisher: Excerpt: Instead of auctions for the highest advance, there will be auctions in which a basic advance is established by the agent, with the auction winner being the publisher who bids the most in marketing committed to the book.
I'll post lots of small linky posts as I read on through my flist.
Congratulations to everyone who has had successes this year, writerly or otherwise.
So what's up with you as we leave 2009 and head into 2010?