Welcome back, Like Fire readers, from what I hope was a restful and/or pleasant (or if neither of those, mercifully brief) holiday hiatus. I'm assuming a lot of books, gift certificates, and eReaders changed hands, and hoping that none of your stories are quite as bad as the ones Gina Barreca shares in her Chronicle of Higher Ed piece on books as gifts:
LLK told me about getting The Belly Book: A Nine Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly from a "Secret Santa" coworker who assumed LLK was pregnant. LLK wasn't pregnant; she had simply stopped exercising. She quit going to the gym because she was too busy (in part because her coworker was a lousy colleague).
Looking ahead to the new year, there are some big changes in store here—good ones!—so stay tuned and pay attention. In addition to T. Myers' excellent new triweekly Strata column, we're adding M.J. Rose's famous Backstory, "where authors where authors share the secrets, truths, logical and illogical moments that sparked thier fiction or memoirs." (I'm hoping to get some nonfiction in there too.) And that's not all, either.
Meanwhile, for those who didn't get every single book on their wish lists and will be visiting their local libraries, how about Aunt June's 2010 Overdue Book Calendar? The downloadable PDF is $4.00 on Etsy, and can be printed on the 8 ½ x 11 paper stock of your choice and bound at your local copy shop. Make as many copies as you want and pass them along on New Year's Eve to wish your host or hostess another great reading year. And keep your eye on Like Fire! Good things are afoot.