The holidays are over, the gifts are given, and everyone is happy. Well, hopefully everyone is happy, anyway. I do believe I made out quite well this Christmas.
I’m a firm believer that books are one of the best gifts you can give a writer. Writers, such as myself, are starvings artists. So, sometimes money is a bit too tight to buy books. But this year my family really came through for me. I didn’t get a lot of books, but I got books I really wanted, which is so much better. In this case, quality is much better than quantity.
Book #1: Behemoth by Scott Westerfield
Given to me by my beautiful wife, Behemoth is book #2 in the Leviathan series, and I can’t wait to dive into it.
Book #2: On Writing by Stephen King
I’ve wanted this book for some time, and now that I have it I’m having a hard time putting it down. Knowing how Steven King made it big is really inspiring. And, while I know that just because this way worked for him doesn’t mean it will work for me, it’s amazing to know that King went from a broke, married, father of two to the greatest horror writer of our time.
Book #3: Ernest Hemmingway: On Writing
I didn’t know this book even existed until I received it as a gift, which, if it’s half as good as King’s “On Writing” I’ll be more than pleased. This book, while only about two hundred pages, is full of hints and tips for writers, and is also full of quotes by other famous writers. This is another book I can’t wait to read.
All in all it was a successful Christmas. Presents were exchanged, and I got to hang out with my wife’s side of the family. I still need to visit my side of the family, most of whom lives a distance away from us, which means more Christmas excitement still lies ahead!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and I hope a happy and successful new year awaits.
Did you get any great gifts for writers? Did you give any great gifts for writers?