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And the winners are…

I posted a bookish gift guide, a writer’s gift guide, and a giveaway last week. The response was fantastic! I used Rafflecopter to choose two winners, which meant I didn’t have to personally choose anyone. The winners have been chosen. Next year I’ll have to do a couple more giveaways, this was fun!

I wanted to do this, because I appreciate all of the support y’all give me. Whether it’s on here, on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, I love reading your comments, seeing you share me stuff. I love when you let me know you get me in some way. I don’t know if there’s any other reason to do this other than as a way to form a connection.
To know that I’m not just shouting out in a voice, that my voice isn’t lost inside a paperbag. So I do this little thing to show that I care. I’m not sure how else to do it. If I could, I’d give you all hugs, make you a cup of tea or coffee and chat with you about your day. Or binge watch Jessica Jones on Netflix with you. Instead I write poems and short stories and I make videos about books and writing. I try to share stuff that’s interesting and fun. Things that are very me.

2016 I’m going to kick things up a notch. I want to put all of this into a higher gear. I feel that this year has been a little slow for me. I have goals and I want to achieve them.

I made goals at the beginning of the year, I’m going to talk about how they went and what my goals are for 2016 later this month.

My first short story in a long time will be posted this Wednesday. I’m going to be posting more short stories and poetry on here, because I want to share my writing with you, even as I’m working on other larger projects.

I have so much more I want to say, but I’m going to wait to do all of that in a post later this month. Know that I’m out here, trying to connect with you. I’m yelling in the void and I think a few of you see me now. It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

Thanks to everyone who entered and be looking for more giveaways and ways to connect in the future.

And if you’d like to chat with me and other writers, join us on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on Twitter. #writestuff TweetChat where writers talk about writing. We’re a group of writers, we talk about it, we love it- some days we hate it- we try to offer support, and we listen. I’m proud of this tribe and I’d for you to come, if that’s your sort of thing. If not, I understand. Maybe something else I cook up in 2016 will be more your style.

Alright, I’ve gone on too long. I’m the girl, who keeps you on the phone much too long, even when you’re said you had to pee 10 minutes ago.

Aloha y’all!

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Writerly Gift Guide and a Giveaway!

writerly gift guide

Hey everybody, the holiday season is upon us. I know if you’re anything like me, you may be stuck on a gift for someone. Never fear, I’m here to help you out. I made a writerly gift guide last year and the 2013 gift guide. Why break tradition? Stick around until the end and enter to win some a Book Depository gift card and much more!

Last week, our #writestuff tweetchat topic was “T’is the season.” We talked about all kinds of things that we as writers would love to receive and what would make things easier for us.

I thought I’d compile some of the answers from that to give you some extra ideas for gifts for the writer in your life.

One thing I realized, all of us had a go-to drink that we like for our writing. Many said coffee,

go-to drink 2

But not everyone.

go-to drink 1

I would suggest going the old fashion route and making a gift basket. You can add a cute mug, beverages of choice, preferred snack, pens, etc that your writer would need at the desk. It would be a go-to present.

Another we’re all short of is time.

time saver

If you’re short on case, but have time to give, make some redeemable gift cards. Depending on your writer, you could use:

  • Will babysit for two hours so you can write.
  • Help you with household chores for one day
  •  Will puppy sit so you can go to coffee shop for a writing day.
  • Will listen to you gripe about your editing/characters/stupid editor etc.

You get it. You can design them on Picmonkey and/or Canva for free and make them look really cute. I’d think printing them out would be best, but in a pinch, you could send them as attachments.

Some other ideas that didn’t come from the chat.

writer's necklace


This necklace is so cute and would be perfect for the writer who is still working toward that dream. It’s from the IntuitiveJewellery Etsy shop.



write epic shit


Isn’t this what we all want to do? If the writer in your life likes her art a little salty, this wall hanging would be absolutely perfect. Created by keilo on Etsy.



handmade journal


Does your writer love to collect journals? This one is a handmade personally engraved journal. Burgundy, pure leather and absolutely gorgeous. Created by MemoriesMadeCustom on Etsy.



the_mind_of_a_writer_tshirtDoes your writer have a sense of humor? This “The Mind of a Writer” T-shirt designed by Belinda Yandell on CafePress  could be the perfect gift.

It reads: The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing: Isolated neurotic caffeine-addled crippled by procrastination and consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, & soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on good day.

Noise cancelling headphones is a big on writers’ wish lists as well. I am by no means a techie, so I’d suggest checking out a few lists like:

15 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones in 2015 by Headphone Addicts 

Best noise-canceling headphones of 2015 by CNET

Personally, when I buy tech, I do too much research. This will give you a nice start.

You’re writer is probably a reader as well. Here’s a few books on the craft. Stephen King’s On Writing is always a favorite. I’ve been told that Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott is a solid read. I wouldn’t know yet. I just ordered my copy last week. Then if maybe the person is struggling with some fundamentals: The Elements of Style by Struck and White. This one sits on my desk, right beside my laptop. FYI: These links to books are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you order from there.

If the person on your list is looking more for bookish presents, I have a video I made today on my channel that can give you some hints. Also, tomorrow is my BookTube anniversary, last month I reached 500+ subscribers on my channel, and Sunday was my birthday. All these powers combined made me really want to give some stuff away. Check out the video and the giveaway is right below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Let me know down in the comments any suggestions you can add and which one of these ideas is your favorite.

Aloha y’all!


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The ultimate holiday gift guide for writers 2014

Learn what writers want for the holidays!

Writers can be a difficult bunch to buy for. Last year I gave you some ideas about some things to buy for the writer in your life. But this year I decided that I couldn’t do this alone. I wanted to give you options and opinions for more than just me.

I’ve recruited ten of the most interesting writers I know and they’re here to tell you, what they’d like under their Christmas tree, for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, ect… For any of your holiday needs. Now, some of these things may not fit under a tree, but ya know what? Writers dream big. And then we write about it.

Let’s get into it.

Starr (aka my blogging bestie) from The Insomniac’s Dream has some simple dreams that may be harder to provide, “What I would like for Christmas is one year’s worth of bills paid, and one year’s worth of grocery money in a bank account with my name. Without that stress, I could write creatively and finally finish my book. But that’s not realistic, so I’ll take some peace and quiet, a few purple pens and maybe a journal.”
(You should see this one’s purple pen collection. Holy cow!)

Terrye at Asshat Rants said, “Top shelf whiskey to help the words come. The best beans to grind my own coffee to keep me up long enough to get down on paper what my muse is whispering into my ear. And good friends to help me through the rough times and help me celebrate the good times.”
(I’m all in for the top shelf whiskey. But I have to pollute it with cola. Sorrynotsorry. )

Phil Holtberg from The Regular Guy NYC wants all the things:

  • An electronic thesaurus and dictionary
  • A nice leather bound notepad to keep by the bed to jot ideas down
  • A book of ideas to help break writer’s block
  • A great totebag to bring all your gear to the coffee shop
  • A really classy old school fountain pen

He also gave me this picture, sans the gift…
dirty picture2

(I think he REALLY likes fountain pens.)

Joy from Evil Joy Speaks wants, “Endless coffee cup at local coffee shop. A reserved seat at that coffee shop and the time to write there! Paper books from any of my Wish Lists. For entertainment, inspiration and to support fellow writers!”
(That’s sweet. Y’all can all buy her a copy of my book. Link in the sidebar. #shameless #selfpromotion)

Carrie-Anne from Carrie-Anne Foster- Social Media Made Easy said, “Scrivener would make a wonderful gift for those who write!”
(Now, I have the program…how the heck do I use it? #writerproblems)

Linda from Carpool Goddess said, “Call me crazy, but I would like one of those standing desks. I practically spend the entire day on my tush and things need to change. ”
(Okay, crazy…though that would probably be healthier than sitting behind a desk eating popcorn and drinking copious amounts of wine. Not that I–err…umm…anyway…)

Soooo many people wanted a getaway. Writer’s retreats, hanging out with blogging buddies and even getting some $$ for blogging conferences.

Oh and time. Though ya know, a 25th hour is hard to wrap, just sayin’ Lizzi from The Considerer.

Chrissy from QuirkyChrisy said, ” A clean house, so I can write without clutter.”
(This is a good one for anyone. If money is tight this year, make some cute cards with things that you’ll do– like run the vacuum and wash dishes. Did you mind travel to the gutter? Tsk tsk. I’ll be there in a sec.)

Michelle from Rubber Shoes in Hell said, “The occasional backrub from Norman Reedus.”
(Told ya. I’ll kill zombies with you sir. I lie. I am not about the zombie killing life. But I would be down for the backrub.)

Lisa from The Golden Spoons said, “A getaway weekend with all of my blogging buddies!”
(C’mon over, the water’s fine! Well…a little chilly. We can just go hangout on da beach.)

Celeste at Running Nekkid is a woman after my own heart, “New. Fricking. Laptop. And a critique partner so I can have someone to pester with all of my “so what did you think about…” questions besides my patient, clueless husband.”

There you have it folks, some awesome ideas for your gifts for your writing loved ones. If you can put time in a bottle and send it to all of us, we’d appreciate it. Thanks to everyone gave me their holiday list. I’m sorry I couldn’t include everyone!

Did any of these ring true for you? Let me know in the comments!

Aloha y’all!


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