Michille: Gifts for Writers (and Readers)

Writers Charm BraceletWe’re heading into a big holiday season for many. Personally, I celebrate Christmas. Even if you don’t celebrate something in December, you likely have other times of year when you do, like birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc. I’ve gathered a few ideas for the writer or reader in your life that are a little different than, say, an Amazon gift card. Last year’s edition of this included Aqua Notes. I have since found Eureka Shower Idea Whiteboard. Amazon also has The Writer’s Toolbox: Creative Games and Exercises for Inspiring the ‘Write’ Side of Your Brain and I love this bracelet. Continue reading

Elizabeth: Gifts for Writers

2008 - Xmas DSC_0498Justine is already thinking about New Year’s resolutions, but I am still in the holiday gift frame of mind, so I thought I’d throw out some random ideas for those looking for a great gift for the writer in their life.

Books

Reading is an important part of a writer’s life and those “important tips for writer’s” lists almost always include “read a lot” at or near the top. What better way to get your writer reading than with a gift-certificate for a local bookstore, an eReader, or some actual books. Need some help selecting the right book? Michille’s recent post is chock-full of book recommendations or you might consider one of the newly released titles below: Continue reading

Michaeline: Word Crimes or Changing Times?

A highway man in a torn shirt breaks out of a stone prison and is received by a startled guard and a young lady with a candle.

Break free from a prison of received wisdom, and find a worthy guide to rules and usage. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Sometimes living in Japan, I wind up discovering stuff years after it was popular. So, you might read this and think, “Oh, Michaeline, you are so two-thousand-late!” like a Black-Eyed Pea. (Yes, I just heard that lyric for the first time two days ago.) But that’s the way I roll. Discovering pop culture, like an archaeologist, LOL.

Anyway, I’ve always been an admirer of 80s pop parody phenom, Weird Al Yankovic. I came across his YouTube video  “Word Crimes” this week, and it plugs right into what I wanted to talk about: the changing language and how to determine the right way to write. Continue reading