Surviving the writer…..

tips on how to date a writer
Artists in general are a different breed. I came across this list, and I thought it had some great points!

Honestly, I don’t agree with all of the points.  I try to avoid writing about people I know, though occasionally, they do inspire me. And I have never at a party riffled through other people’s things, personally, I think that’s just an invasion of privacy.

But the others, I felt were head on.

Especially number 10.  I have in the past dated people and been friends with people who didn’t understand how crushing a rejection letter can be.  When you are already reeling from a rejection that logically you know shouldn’t be personal, but emotionally is, the worst thing you need is someone telling you to suck it up and that it isn’t a big deal.

I would add:

11) Don’t ask the writer how much money they have made off the work or when they are going to get a publisher.

What would you add?




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?

Let he without grammatical sin…..

As most of you know, I am without a doubt, not a grammar Nazi. In fact, I find that many people are much too much a grammar Nazi to the detriment of language usage. ImageThere was a great blog post, outlining the 12 mistakes most people pointing out grammar mistakes make. It’s a must read. Once you realize the fluidity and ever changing nature of language, a thousand possibilities open before you.  So friends, dive into language, and don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes along the way!