Christmas season has officially begun and even though I went to an awesome wine tasting and sale last night, it wasn’t at a mall or even a traditional store so thus I did not officially participate in Black Friday. I did, however, buy a handcrafted Christmas ornament and started getting in the spirit of the holiday. And what better way to celebrate the start of the season then with a Christmas list? I love lists of all kinds but especially Christmas and birthday lists. What follows is The Wordstrumpet Christmas list, full of books and and various other items of possible interest to writers. It is admittedly random, in no particular order, and based on my current obsessions, which may well change completely tomorrow, in which case I’ll write a new list. Until then, here we go:
1. While we are talking about awesome wine tastings and sales, why not buy gifts from a local artist or craftsperson? There’s nothing more special than a hand-crafted present, whether you made it yourself or bought it from someone who did. If you don’t know of any convenient local sources, try Etsy for a vast array of fabulous ideas.
2. The Ethical Executive. This book by Robert Hoyk is a must-read for everyone, not just executives, because it will help you steer a path through the sticky wickets of multiple ethical dilemmas. I featured this book on a page on my sister site, Bookstrumpet, which you can see here.
3. While we are on the topic of great books, how about a little Christmas cheer? You can buy Christmas is a Season, on Amazon (see the handy button to the left) and read a story by none other than moi.
4. While we are on the subject of Amazon, I am still coveting a Kindle., the new electronic reader. When I travel, and I travel often, I cart pounds of books along with me. I had to buy a rolling carry-on bag to save my shoulder and I’ve takeen to checking it planeside because it is so heavy from the books. If I had a Kindle, I could load every title I wanted to read on it and save my arms.
5. I’ve just discovered the author Will North, and I’m reading his novel, The Long Walk Home. He’s being billed as a latter-day Robert James Waller (author of Bridges of Madison County) but trust me, he’s better. Way better. He’s a ghostwriter, like me, though I can’t claim quite the high-falutin’ clients that he can.
6. A session with Suzanne Peters to clear out any blocks you might have around your writing career or your ability to put words on the page. She’s doing an amazing new process called and getting great results with it.
7. Every writer needs a furry companion, and there’s no better choice for that than a pug. If you’re in the Portland area, try the Pacific Pug Rescue to adopt a pug in need.
8. I’m addicted to office supplies, especially the really cool, elegant ones that Levenger sells. I could spend entire fortunes on office supplies and books, and be happy. Well, I do like to buy clothes, too, but that’s a topic for someone else’s blog.
9. I desperately need a new computer (Vaio, don’t fail me yet) and there’s no denying it, I want a Mac. Blasphemy, since I’ve been a PC user for years, but there it is.
10. There comes a time in every writer’s life when he or she needs some support, encouragement, or instruction. Why not consider signing up for The Writer’s Loft? You’ll get one-on-one instruction, working closely with a mentor.
11. If you have a desperate need to learn more about writing fundraising letters, you can purchase the book I wrote on said topic here. Good stuff, honestly.
12. Make 2009 the year you write your book. I’m starting an online program to teach you exactly how to do that. Your book is your business card. You need one to achieve the success you desire. Stay tuned for more details on this program, coming soon!
13. Lucky number thirteen bonus idea: sign up for my newsletter, full of writing tips and ideas. Or sign up one of your loved ones. Its free! All you have to do is provide your name and address in the handy box to the right.