First of all, thanks to everyone for the feedback, the kind words, and the links to the Underrated Writers Project. It wouldn't have been possible without the cooperation from all of the litbloggers who took time from their busy schedules to send along their lists. And it would have never gotten off the ground had it not been for TJ. He came through with some great ideas and did a ton of the grunt work, all the while dealing with the daily snow storms that are plaguing Iowa this year. If you haven't already bookmarked his site, Creekside Review, do so now. You won't be sorry. (Plus, he's always giving away stuff.)
I was happy to hear from Dan Wickett of the Emerging Writers Network that several of the underrated writers were thrilled to be mentioned. It's my hope, albeit certainly idealistic, that some of their books will make it onto holiday book buying lists. I know that I've already made one purchase based on it, and there will be more to come.
As for my lack of sleep, well, it really has nothing to do with the project. I suffer from the occasional bouts of insomnia. It comes in waves that are difficult to predict. Right now, I think it's a combination of work- and holiday-related stress. The former will be lessened after Friday when a 16-day vacation begins; however, that means I'll be diving headfirst into the holiday shark tank. On Saturday, my brother, his girlfriend, my two dogs, and I will get in a rented minivan and head across the southern tier of the country to my parents' house in Alabama. I'm a veteran of seven cross-country drives, but this will be my first as a non-smoker. Tension could be high.
Speaking of not smoking, I've now made it a month. How many more of these do I have to do? On the bright side, a penny saved is a lung earned.
Finally, be sure to check back in tomorrow and bring your party favors. There's a little celebrating to do.