Gifts for Writers & Readers: 9th Day of Pre-Christmas

on December 22, 2015

12 Days of Pre-Christmas: Gift Nine For Your Writer Friend

Let’s say your writer friend already has a happy mug. Or maybe you found the perfect one for them, but you want to get something else. The perfect desk accessory to go with a mug… The Desk Mug Warmer: What they are: A small warmer that you plug in, with a heating element just big enough to set your mug or teacup on. It keeps the drink warm longer. Why they’re great: It keeps your drink warm longer! How often do you take a couple sips, then get into a scene and before you know it, your drink is cold? No need to worry about that if you have a mug warmer. The other reason why it’s great – it… Continue Reading

Gifts for Writers & Readers: 5th Day of Pre-Christmas

on December 17, 2015

12 Days of Pre-Christmas: Gift Five For Your Writer Friend

Spell check, grammar check, synonyms, homonyms, rhymes, inspiration for your characters to quote – these are all nice references to have handy when you are sitting at your desk. Which leads us to ideas for the 5th Day of Pre-Christmas! Reference Books for Writers What they are: Books that are tools. Yes, you can get a lot of information online, but online you need to know what you are looking for and type it in. With the book you can browse and discover things you didn’t know you wanted. Why they’re great: “It’s so great out today it makes me feel great, and even greater would be a great cup of coffee.” Hmmm. What’s wrong with this sentence. That’s right, who wants… Continue Reading

Gifts for Writers & Readers: 4th Day of Pre-Christmas

on December 16, 2015

12 Days of Pre-Christmas: Gift Five For Your Writer Friend

12 Days of Pre-Christmas: Gift Four For Your Writer Friend You’ve written your book, you’re doing promo, you’ve updated your business card, butnow, how do you carry your card or display that shiny new badge of honor to make sure you actually make use it? The Business Card Holder What it is: This is a small holder that sits on your desk or that you can carry in your purse or murse, to display or protect your business card. Why it’s great: For the purse, it means your cards are always in pristine condition and don’t get bent, worn, spotted, etc. As a display on your desk or in your office, it’s a reminder of your accomplishments and can be reflective of your personality and sense… Continue Reading

Gifts for Writers & Readers: 3rd Day of Pre-Christmas

on December 15, 2015

12 Days of Pre-Christmas: Gift Three For Your Writer Friend

Yesterday I recommended journals, so to really enjoy the luxury and special time you have to write in a journal, today I’m recommending writing instruments – in particular – pens! A nice pen, that moves smoothly across the paper, and has enough weight and size, can feel really amazing in your hand. Think about the moment when the writer autographs a book. All writers need a special pen for that! Maybe someday there will only be digital autographs, but we’re not there yet. Consider a nice pen or pen set for your literary genius. The Pen What it is: Um, okay. A pen is basically an instrument for writing with ink. Usually there is a metal nib or ball, or a nylon tip,… Continue Reading

Gifts for Writers & Readers: 2nd Day of Pre-Christmas

on December 14, 2015

12 Days of Pre-Christmas: Gift Two For Your Writer Friend

Writers might use their computers to write, but there are few who don’t love the texture, movement, and freedom of curling up in a chair and dabbling with words, thoughts, or ideas without the constraint of pressing ‘save’. Which leads me to the gift which is an obvious classic – the journal. The Journal What it is: Okay, let’s face it. It’s a stack of blank paper held together by binding, with a cover of some kind, preferably a unique one. Why it’s great: It’s not just paper! It’s a home for your dreams, goals, and deepest desires. It’s the repository for all your great one-liners. It’s the place where you can secretly write a chapter at the beach because you promised your… Continue Reading

Gifts for Writers & Readers: 1st Day of Pre-Christmas

on December 13, 2015

12 Days of Pre-Christmas: Gift One For Your Writer Friend

With the advent of the laptop, there is nothing better than being able to leave your office and write comfortably. This gift is something that makes that experience extra nice. The Lap Desk What it is: The lap desk (or Lapdesk), is a portable surface with a cushion underneath that you can set on your lap and either write or type comfortably. Why it’s great: You don’t have to sit at your desk all day! Or what if you’re not feeling great and want to write from bed? The lap desk fits on your knees, and crossed legs and you no longer need to worry about balancing your laptop while blowing your nose. Or, let’s say you have a bad multi-tasking… Continue Reading