Elizabeth: Comfort and Joy

If you’re looking for our normal Friday Writing Sprints post, we kicked things off a little earlier this week on Wednesday with our 4th Annual Short Story Challenge.  If you missed it, check out our first entry, Kay’s fun Botticelli Pizza story.  We’ll be posting other entries in the coming days, including my own story next Wednesday.

In the meantime, I’m taking a break and doing a little comfort reading and movie watching.   It never quite feels like the holiday season is official unless I’ve watched Love Actually at least once (though I tend to enjoy it all year-round).  I’ll even admit to watching more than my fair share of holiday movies via the Hallmark Channel in recent weeks.    They may be predictable, color-blind, and even a bit sexist at times, but they provide a nice Continue reading

Elizabeth: More Gifts for Writers

10393951_868673773164678_4771891598503378537_nMichille passed along some great gift ideas for Writers and Readers in her post a few weeks ago, and I thought I’d add a few more items to the list for those who are still searching for that certain something for the writer in their life.

Books

Reading is right up there with Writing as an important part of a writer’s life.  It is a great way to broaden horizons, learn new things, mentally refresh, and have some fun.  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?  Micheline recently recommended Nancy Mitford’s 1945 novel, The Pursuit of Love and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Penric’s Mission.  You can find many other suggestions in our “What have you been reading” posts here, here, here, or here.  The internet is also full of suggestions, like The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2016.

Looking for something a little more “educational” for your writer?  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