Christmas Shopping–for Writers!

Don’t know what to get the writer in your life for Christmas? I’ve got some ideas!

-Book-themed Writing Gloves from Storiarts or AmazonKeep your hands warm while you type, leaving your fingers free so they don’t slip and slide over the keys. They have Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice, Alice in Wonderland, The Raven pairs, and more! 🙂

-Book-themed candles from Frostbeard Studio or Amazon. Each candle’s scent is designed to make readers think of specific books and book-related places. From Pemberley Gardens to Reading in a Cafe, these are sure to please. (Frostbeard’s website has even more scents to choose from!)

The Mental Game of Writing by James Scott Bell from Amazon. This book isn’t so much a book on the craft on writing, but a book on the mental aspect of things. Organization, writer’s block, and self-doubt are some of the issues tackled.

Midnight in Paris (DVD). It’s a movie for writers and dreamers. Don’t read the movie’s blurb. I went in knowing nothing about the movie, and was so charmed that I recommend the no foreknowledge approach to viewing this delightful dramedy.

What made YOUR wish list this year? Any shopping suggestions for writers?

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

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Julia Child and Me

If you haven’t seen Julie and Julia, it’s a great movie, well worth the time–and $–to rent and watch. Or buy. I suggest buy, because, as stated, this movie is fabulous. I mean, come on: food, Julia Child, cooking, writing, FOOD–you’ll gain weight watching this movie…what’s not to love? (Well, besides the weight-gaining part, but we’ll type off all the extra calories, amiright?)

For those who are not in the know, Julie and Julia is based on two true stories–one based off written correspondence and what people know of Julia and Paul Child, the other based off a blog and then a book by author Julie Powell. Here’s a trailer: CLICK ME!

As a wannabe foodie and a writer–no wannabe there: AM A WRITER–this movie appeals to me. So I re-watched it over the course of two nights. I made it to the end, and then…

SPOILER ALERT! do not read beyond this point if you don’t know that Julia Child actually had success 😛

Julia Child receives a print copy of her finished, edited, published manuscript in the mail. Yes, it was a cookbook, not a novel, but…I wept. Tears of longing, of agony, of hope. I want to hold a paper book in my hands so badly, I can taste it. *insert groan here*

A year from now, I hope to be holding a copy of my novelty book. I hope that satisfies. Until then, I will keep my pen on the page. I hope you do the same.

~Beth

Fruit Basket Upset

It’s been over two weeks since I’ve blogged?! Ye gads!

I have one exciting update: I’ve decided to self-publish a humor/novelty book that I’ve written 😀 More details to come! (On a related note: If anyone knows of a good editor with reasonable prices, whom I can pay by check or Visa gift card, let me know! I only need some line edits done.)

NaNoWriMo is going…slow. But that’s all right. I’m just so excited for Christmas with my family and friends that I’m most decidedly distracted.

And that’s all I’ve got now…mostly. As you may have seen on Facebook and Twitter, I came close to a minor meltdown, but reined it in and decided to take a short break from social media. I think a week or two will do the trick. If not, it might be time to unfollow a few folks on Twitter, and hide some people’s posts on Facebook.

Peace and out!

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth