On Thursday, Michille offered a selection of cute and clever writing-themed ideas. I’d be delighted to receive any of them (my fave is the bathtub caddy with built-in kindle and wineglass holders) but if I had my choice I’d prefer something practical to keep my writerly bandwagon rolling.
Any of these would put a smile on my face:
Free: Creative Kickstarters
I’d love somebody to spend a little time and trouble curating (say) a dozen recommendations especially for me—could be novels, or biographies, music, movies or experiences. The idea would be to offer suggestions that the giver thinks would be new to me and that I would enjoy. Part of the fun for me would be to investigate the suggestions, to think about why the giver decided to recommend them for me, and to decide whether to go ahead and invest in them.
Inexpensive: Screen cleaning cloths
Do you use microfiber cloths to clean your phone and computer screen? It seems as though all my electronic devices are perpetually smeary, and there’s never a clean microfiber cloth to hand when I want one.
Inexpensive: Kitchen timer
When I’m in a good writing rhythm, I like to write for 45 minutes and take a break for 15, rinse and repeat as often as I can. At the moment I use the timer on my phone, but a mechanical timer for my desk would be fun and useful. The UK version of Amazon has a mind-boggling 173 pages of products to choose from.
Moderate: Bath Treats
I may have mentioned before that one of my favorite ways to treat myself after a good day’s writing, or to unstick myself when I hit the wall, is with a bubble bath (desperately jealous of Michaeline who has a local hot springs). Bath treats can range from the cheap ’n cheerful to the ludicrously pricy. I’d be thrilled with any of them.
My chosen way to kick-start the day is with freshly-brewed coffee from HR Higgins, a third generation family-run London coffee merchant. They have an excellent online shop and efficient postal service. A 125g valve bag of Costa Rica San Jose beans could be acquired for a smidge under £4, or you could splash out almost £40 for 250g of Jamaica Blue Mountain.
Expensive: Moleskine Notebooks
I love, love, love Moleskine notebooks—the classic version with a soft black cover, ruled pages, size XL (7.5 x 9.75 inches). I use them every day, for brainstorming, working through story ideas, blocking scenes, sketching settings, listing potential names, trying out titles, blog ideas, double-checking contest requirements, keeping a note of reminders, and a thousand other useful snippets. I can track the progress of a story by flipping back through the books. I get through at least half a dozen each year, and at just under £20 ($30) each they’re not cheap.
What simple gifts would keep your writing routine running smoothly?
How do you feel about practical presents? Would they leave you delighted or disappointed?