Christmas is in two weeks. Urp. How did that happen? So, here's my list of suggested Christmas gifts for the writers in your life. Or for the person who needs to buy a gift for the writer in their life. If you're like me, you'll offer your significant other a long tiny list of suggestions.
1. A book!
Is there any better present than a book? I think not. I've got several possibilities, from friends near and far.
Emma Jean's Bad Behavior. My novel, she said modestly. It's about a woman who loses everything but ends up finding herself. Most of my stories are about that in one way or another.
Dollface: A Moses Palmer Crime Thriller. From my beloved reader J.D. Frost, this thriller will keep you wondering what will happen next, as good thrillers should. It is also a lovely evocation of the city of Chattanooga. Read J.D.'s guest post from earlier this year here.
These Gentle Wounds, by Helene Dunbar. Another one I've not yet had the pleasure to read, though I did read part of it in manuscript form a few years ago and loved it. Read my interview with her here.
2. Pens (Make great stocking stuffers)
My current favorite is the Tul. (The u is supposed to have a funny little thing over it, but I don't know how to do that.)
3. Notebooks, of course
4. A class on Udemy
One of my favorite novelists, Rachael Herron, has one on how to write a book. It's aimed toward beginners, but I figure you can always glean something from everything you read/watch. Speaking of watching, keep an eye out for sales on Udemy–they have them all the time. Like serious, 75% off sales.
5. A different class
This is the time of year when there are tons of them offered. And some are ongoing. One I've got my eye on is Making a Living With Your Fiction Writing by Dean Wesley Smith. He is, um, a bit on the bombastic outgoing side, so I'm bracing myself, but it does look worthwhile.
6. A goal-setting workshop
In a previous post, I confessed how setting specific goals doesn't work well for me. So maybe I should learn how to change that? I'm a big fan of Michael Hyatt, and he has a goal-setting workshop here.
7. Post-It Notes
I cannot exist without mine. I use them for everything. My desk and calendar and to-do lists are covered with them. So are my notes for my novel rewrite. Great stocking stuffers.
C'mon, you know you want to join me in Collioure this year.
Stalled on your book? Need a jump-start? Hit me up! You will be amazed and thrilled at how working one-on-one with a writing coach can get you going.
10. A Stand-Up Desk.
I like the looks of this one. I'm currently in the very long process of moving my office from upstairs to downstairs so I've not bought one yet, but its on my list for early in 2015. I sit way too much, and I'd like to have the option to set my laptop on a pedestal and stand.
Those are my suggestions. What are you asking for for Christmas this year? What are you giving? Please leave a comment.
Photo by Sh0dan.