Fun & Practical Gifts for the Writer in Your Life (Miss Carriger Recommends)

The holidays are upon us. So here are some fun ideas for gifts for the writer in your life, Gentle Reader.

Gifts for Writers

Profession association membership: Coupon to purchase membership for your budding author in something like SFWA (if they qualify) or RWA. (You can always give a coupon for drop-in attendance at the local RWA chapter, which allows your author to sample this experience.)

Tiny Apple Macbook Air Make-Up Compact Mirror ($9)

Professional Magazine subscription: A subscription to Locus Magazine, or RT or something similar (depending on genre) is a nice jumping off point.

Octopus pen ($7).

Scrivener ($40-$45) & Scrivener for Dummies ($13 – $19): I’ll be moving to this processing program soon. Designed by and for writers. Every author I know who uses it, loves it. It’s not for everyone, but it’s worth a try.

Spendy: The experience gift. Check about to see if the there is a local writers conference, for example Pike’s Peak Writers runs a wonderful annual event in Colorado Springs. Sometimes these are run through a local university and often local libraries know about such things.

My favorite t-shirt! 

Spendy: Professional courses. Professional crafting course, evening class, or private lessons in something useful to a writer or a small business. All things from Scrivener to Office, to the basics of bookkeeping to Photoshop 101 can be helpful for beginning writers.

Mini lumio is pretty darn cute too.

Still not happy with any of these suggestions? Chuck has more.

{Gail’s monthly read along for December 2015 is Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix, skinflint alternative is Ridiculous by D.L. Carter.}


Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Le Moniteur de la Mode Date-  Friday, August 1, 1845

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Millinery prints (1891 – 1896) by G. Gonin
(France, active late 19th century)
Image and text courtesy LACMA. Costume and Textiles
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Ivy hat alert.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Surprising New Finds from Ancient Egyptian Star Charts Slide-Show

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Peaks and Valleys: The Financial Realities of the Writer’s Life

Book News:
Skye of Skye’s Scribbles says of Waistcoats & Weaponry:

“Miss Gail’s stories are a pure joy to read, her writing witty and fun and delightfully British (especially since I read the British edition the first time). She is a mistress of description but also especially of dialogue and had me in stitches on many occasions.”

Quote of the Day:

“What do you think? Will I win her in the end?”

Kel looked at him. “She will make your life a misery,” she told the man.

Saefas grinned. “That’s what I hope for.”

~ Tamora Pierce, Lady Knight: Book 4 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

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  1. Vicky Rock said:

    ¡Hi Gail! I have one of your books in my TBR, and I'm dying to read it. I live in Argentina, and here, it is hard to buy your books (I had to buy it from Book Outlet, and it took 3 months to get the book to my house). I loved this post, the gifts are so lovely♥
    Kisses ♥

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