Dec152011

Stocking Stuffers, Gail Style

I have finished my copy edits and am allowing myself a brief respite before the next book, Gentle Reader. No traveling for me this holiday season, I’m staying home and getting stuff done. All the interviews and calling cards and writing business I’ve put off while I finished Etiquette & Espionage now have to be answered. I’m trying to get another short story up for you before the end of the year. And there is still unpacking and associated nesting to complete. I’m not slacking off, I swear.

I’m not doing much, present wise. I find as I get other I find it less and less exciting. But I did have some thoughts on fun a cheap stocking stuffers.

1. Cover art fridge magnets.
Print out business-card-sized cover images of your friend’s favorite books, in high gloss color, and adhere to business card magnets. ($5.99 for 25). This is also a fun way to make mementos for your book group.

2. Printed out short story.
Find some nice sepia tone or other fancy printer paper, buy a $0.99 short story by your friend’s favorite author in .pdf form (or whatever) and print it out. Roll up and tie with a little ribbon. Pop into top of stocking, so cute! (Of course, for all the nay-sayers out there, I am not suggesting distributing or profiting from these print outs.)

3. I just finished reading Tea and Tea Drinking by Claire Masset. I found this excellent review here. I adored this little book and think it would make an great gift, it covers mainly the history of England’s relationship to tea with many good pictures and interesting tidbits.

4. Speaking of tea, how about a box of the very best? Yes, you can now order the real English English Breakfast from Twinings via Amazon to the USA. And before you ask, it is ENTIRELY different from the red box one we can get here in America, in every way. No comparison, really.

5. Speaking of food stuffs, how about a really pretty bottle of fancy olive oil or some nice spice mixes instead of candy or chocolate as stocking stuffers. I like the Savory Spice Shop’s mixes.

6. My mother and I have a tradition of Marmite in the toe of the stocking. But you could do a little container of any preserve, tapenade, or pickled item. Again a more adult present than tons of sweets.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .

Timeless: Now in production. The release date on Amazon is correct.

Etiquette & Espionage: Copy edits done! Awaiting galley. Release date Fall 2012.

The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Prudence floats! Release date fall 2013. She’s started waking me up in the middle of the night with ideas.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

Book News:
David reviews the series and brings a wealth of education and knowledge to his critique. “My favorite element is the language: Carriger captures the Victorian overspeak and neatly weaves in facts I’d forgotten, like novels being considered lowbrow, popular, entertainment.”

Quote of the Day:
“All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.”
~ George Orwell, “A Nice Cup of Tea”

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