writing is easy, it's storytelling that'll rip your heart

Writing is easy, look at me, I'm doing it right now, writing words.

Storytelling, on the other hand, takes some time. Storytelling is the process by which a writer brings all those words into some form of coherence and it can be a harrowing process. However, it's worth every second when I hold the finished product up to the light.

I'm in the storytelling phase of The Garden right now, and that, combined with the holidays, means that I won't be around very much.

I've got a couple of online interviews that will be going live soon. I'll keep you posted on those.

I will be at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh on December 7 to hear NCSU Professor John Kessel, editor of a new anthology, Kafkaesque , and Chair of the Foreign Language and Literature Dept, Ruth V. Gross, will lead a discussion about Franz Kafka, his work, and his influence. This is going to be an excellent event, and if you're in the Raleigh-Durham area, I hope you'll attend. You can find all the information at Quail Ridge Books & Music's Events page.

Looking for gift ideas? Head over to John Scalzi's Whatever blog. He is running a 2011 Whatever Shopping Guide that highlights creative gifts for the holidays. Today it's traditionally published books. Check out the Whatever blog tomorrow to see what other great gift ideas might pop up.

Night Shade Books, in collaboration with some of the web's finest book bloggers, is hosting a holiday countdown filled with excerpts from Night Shade authors' novels. Follow Night Shade Books on Twitter so you don't miss a stop.

That's it for now. I'll be around later this week with more.