This post is a collection of randomness.
First of all, Plenilune by Freitag was amazing. Honestly, I wouldn't recommend it for everyone...and that's just how it is. But the writing was superb. There were maybe two places where I remembered it was written by a young human...for the rest of it, I was as deeply submersed in Plenilune as Miss Coventry. Earth? Where is that? I am sorely tempted to go live on Plenilune now.
Like I said, I wouldn't recommend it for everyone -- there were a couple things I thought should have been left out -- but my brain very quickly forgets those things. And I loved the way Jenny sucked me into the story, weaving my heart through the changes until it was almost a shock to look back and see how far we had come. Plus, I loved the adventure and action...and the BIGNESS of the story. There was no timidity in the writing and it beckoned you to greatness. Awesome piece of work.
Second of all, I have started reading Anon, Sir, Anon (you know, that book I have been advertising for Rachel). And, wow, is it good! Cozy, little mystery novel is a perfect name for it. And I fell in love with it from the first sentence. (Rachel, you extracted a laugh from me in the first dozen words! How do you do that?) The characters are vivid and absolutely adorable, and she is weaving this story with the skill of a master. It also feels more "real" to me than ordinary mysteries. I haven't finished it yet so I can't speak for the entirety, but, right now, this book tops my list of mystery novels. It is very good.
Third of all, I am still excited over the fact that I submitted a story to Rooglewood. March 1st seems a long way away, but I like the fact that winning is just the beginning. It's not a "we'll print your name in a magazine this once and give you $$$." It is the start of editing and publishing with a traditional publisher. That's worth hoping for.
Fourth of all, I am enjoying the weather as it starts to turn crisp and cold. Joy, it blows my mind that things are getting warmer now in your part of the world. What a crazy, awesome design of our Creator!
Fifth of all, I am super-excited that I have 11 followers now. Thanks, guys!!!