For those of you who don't know, my baby brother is a freelance writer who has been living in Paris for the past year and a half. He's an incredible author (although I often find his work WAAAAY over my head as he's very philosophical and I'm......not) and he has been working on a novel for the better part of ten years now (I think? correct me if I'm wrong, B) and on July 25'th, 2008 he FINALLY FINISHED IT!!!
To those of us who know him, and have been asking for several years now "How's the novel coming???" this is an incredible accomplishment and I, for one, am so very, very proud of him.
He has asked that those of us who were given permission to read it not post it anywhere, as it still needs editing - it's, um, rather loooong in its present form. But I can't wait to read it! Whether or not it ever gets published doesn't matter. The fact that he wrote a novel is enough of an achievement and I'm just blown away. Being able to convey and express ideas, thoughts and emotions through words is a talent that few people have and is one of the things that I, personally, admire above all else. Those that do have it, like Brandon, are very, very lucky.
He also writes articles for magazine, screenplays and short stories. Shameless plug, I know.
But the best, best, BEST part about all of this is...
He's coming home!!! He'll be home in a few short days and I will be able to spend some time with him since he'll be here for a few months before he starts on his next great adventure in another exotic location....which is very far away. Paris seems like a hop, skip and a jump away compared to where he's headed next. But rather than focus on when he's leaving and how far away he'll be, I'm going to enjoy the next few months with him.
I've missed him terribly and the girls are ecstatic and can't wait to see their Bunkabee! Not only is he a great brother and a fabulous writer, he's the best Uncle in the world=)