A literary clue to the holiday blues

I love the holidays. I always have. The lights, songs, horrible old Christmas movies and obnoxiously large family gatherings might be the only thing that keeps my sanity during the dark and cold Illinois winter.

But there is the flip side of the holidays. Over-commercialism, loneliness, songs that are played on repeat from Thanksgiving on and  Elf on a shelf.

It’s easy to become well, a Grinch.

But not anymore.
Grow your heartThe good folks at Dr. Suess.com (an amazing site) have come up with 25 days to grow your heart three sizes.

Cute, simple non-related activities that are good for the soul and will surely help you with your holiday blues.

Give it a try. I know I’m going to.

Gifts for the writer in your life

Christmas is coming!  The radio stations have already begun playing festive music to remind that soon you will be expected to have a gift for all of your loved ones.

But what do you get for that picky writers/book lover in your life. After all, one can only use so many journals…..

Books make anyone merry!

Books make anyone merry!

I’ve found some cute and practical gifts for the writer in your life….or maybe sometime to spurge on for yourself!

1) Novel  Teas: (Description from website) Novel Teas box contains 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with the finest English Breakfast tea.
Let’s face it, there are days when the same old teabag just won’t do. Spend tea time with CS Lewis, Rita Mae Brown, Alice Hoffman, and more as they share their thoughts on the delights and comforts of tea and books on each individually printed tea tag.

2)Scuba Diver Underwater Writing Slate: Soak in some suds and still be able to work on your novel? What writer wouldn’t love that. Now give me a glass of wine and have Pride and Prejudice playing and we are all set!

3) Speaking of Pride and Prejudice. The Jane Austen Gift Shop has all sorts of neat gifts for the Jane Austen lover in your family.

4) The coolest Ernest Hemingway card ever.  A great quote. You gotta check it out.

5) Trouble writers prints. It’s prefect piece of art for your writing room.

6) Prose before Ho’s shirt. Ok I hate the world Hos, but this shirt is still pretty sweet and while I wouldn’t wear it, the writer in your life might just love it.

Any other ideas? What would you love to see in your stocking?

This and that in the writing world

Quick post. I have a couple hours in-between teaching my little nuggets and teaching my GED class tonight. I  found a couple cool links, contests, etc in the art a world that I wanted to share

  • As those who read my blog know, I love Halloween. Naturally then, I was excited to see that the people of the facebook Dr. Seuss page and buycostumes.com are having a Dr. Seuss halloween contest.  I personally won’t have time to compete.  I have my hands full with my costumes of Duela Dent and Boo Berry this year, but maybe next year. Either way, you can check out some cool outfits.
  • I personally have a grudge towards anyone that pushes Christmas before Thanksgiving. However, yesterday I stumbled upon  litographs website, and I’m already ready to go out any buy gifts for all of my book loving friends, and maybe a couple gifts for myself. The tshirts, totes and posters are made from the books. It’s art and word-nerdiest at its best.
  • Every Jane Austen lover knows the BBC’s version of “Pride and Prejudice” and its iconic scene of Colin Firth coming out of the pond, drenched. However, as the writer dished recently, they had originally planned for Colin Firth to be a bit more natural, you can read more here.

Anyway, it’s off to the gym and then work for me. Have a great night.




5 gifts for your favorite writer

Tired of getting the writer in your life nice stationary/notesbooks, pens, books or the almighty Barnes N Nobles gift card….

Well you should still stick with those gifts because they are awesome. But it is always fun to mix it up.

So here are some of the awesome ideas I’ve found on the internet.

1) Literary Action Dolls

We have action figures for everything. It’s only time that Shakespeare and Jane Austen got the chance. These little guys are the perfect addition to any writer’s computer, watching over your writer as they craft their next masterpiece.  They also have pretty spiffy plush dolls.

2) Origins also known as the nerdiest game ever.

The game gives you a phrase or word. You go against another team to see who can correctly guess how the phrase started….it’s amazingly more fun than the description in your head makes it sounds.  Hours of fun. Anyone who loves language will love you for this gift!

3) Letters by Kurt Vonnegut 

Fine it’s a book.  But by any writer’s standard, its an interesting and hell of a good book. The letters document Vonnegut’s pain and struggles as a writer as well personal events (including his service in WW2).

Also for the Vonnegut fan, check out the awesome, albeit pricey gifts you can snag them here.

4) Writing is Rewriting bracelet 

Celebrate the frustrating reality of a writer with this Esty score.

5) The most kick-ass keyboard

Writer’s spend way too much of a their time at a computer, let them do it in style.

And a bonus gift since I included a book…..

Online or offline classes and workshops.

These are awesome! Most colleges have them and there are many online sources as well. Surprise your writer with a day/weekend/ or week long chance to hone their skills and meet new people!