Dec 042011

It’s holiday time: time for eggnog, coquito, for bowls of chili, for snow and of course presents. If you have a writer friend, why not hook them up with a gift for the holidays?

Here are some ideas…


  • A well made journal. 
  • A five in one Pen. What writer wouldn’t want one of these?! 
  • A portable scanner, which is a dream come true for any paper hoarder. 
  • The Storymatic game just because it’s fun.
  • A yearly planner with lots of room to write.


  • Bookmarks. I don’t care what anybody says, bookmarks will always be in style.
  • A classic book collection like this:
  • This shirt because it’s hilarious:
  • This mug because sometimes you need a little inspiration. 
  • And last, but not least, the real secret to happiness (Just kidding… kinda).  🙂 

Well folks, there you have it. Numbers eight and nine were gifts ideas I learned about from the Writerland blog. Check out Meghan Ward’s post for more gift ideas for writers.

If you need even more gift ideas then look no further than Design Sponge’s 2011 $25 and Under Gift Guide. It’s not geared towards writers, but it’s a pretty cool list nonetheless.

Good luck with your holiday purchases and please remember that the best gift is an unexpected one. Am I right? I think I am.

Happy holidays!

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Oct 242006

I get home, throw my bag to the floor and pick up the mail. While sorting through it I spot an envelope that looks strikingly familiar. Oh yes, it’s the SASE I sent with my short story for their response. They’ve finally written back. YES! Soon, all of the excitement is washed away by the awful unknown. What if they hated it? Ugh. I graciously tear open the envelope and pull the slip out. It says, “Thank you so much for submitting your fiction piece to our fine publication, however we are not interested at this time. Good luck in the future.” Damn!

Four rejection slips later, I’m sitting in my office pouring myself another glass of cheap red wine, (dare I say the name) staring at a very sharp X-acto Knife sitting to my left. I should just end it all! I have no talent. What am I doing? Who wants to hear what I have to say anyway? But then I think damn it, I do. So, I’ve decide to look for other avenues.

I only need one magazine to like it anyway. At the very least I’d like some sound writing advice about my piece. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Maybe the plot isn’t strong enough, the dialogue too dry. Who knows? But I want answers. So, I’ve decide not to wait around any longer. I’ve sent it out to two more publications. Hey, you never know.