Make no mistake. I will NOT be waking up at 3:00 am to brave the crowds for the latest new items. I will NOT be pushing through throngs of people to fight over the latest “big” toy for my son. On Friday, I will be home enjoying my family. In fact, I have no plans to step inside a store or mall for the entire weekend. I’m not that adventurous. However, I know a few members of this community get a charge out of all the Black Friday deals and so I present to you some items of interest:
Wait. Put down the pitchforks. I know I said just a post ago that writers don’t want boring gifts, and I stand by that. Still, most of us do get a balance of practical vs frivolous as gifts during our respective holidays and birthdays. With that in mind, I’d like to appeal to the gift giver’s practical side today. Beside, I think I’ve thrown in a pretty good mix here.
Before I toss out today’s offerings, I’d like to stress these are not meant to give as “THE” gift. I might even go as far as to suggest that if you will be presenting one of these to a someone special you tape something sparkly or gadgety to it as well. Trust me, on this, I know.
Power Squid – I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the power squid. At first glance it’s a glorified multi-armed extension cord. It goes way beyond that though. If you’re one of those people who have a tangled mess of wires hidden behind your desk screaming out “fire hazard” you’ll eventually thank me for this recommendation. I appreciate that the plug has a swiveled head so I don’t have to push out the bookcase to plug it in. A small thing, but a big thing nonetheless. [Read more…]
Yesterday I contacted a sponsor for my Cookerati blog (Dunkin’ Donuts) to see if they would be interested in giving away a gift basket here. I thought it would be a nice change from the usual fare and an awesome gift for the winner. It occurred to me that I could do a lot more of these giveaways if I had enough sponsors and prizes. The thing is, whenever I put out word that I’m doing a gift guide or that I would like sponsors for giveaways, I get a whole bunch of self help books and laptop supplies. Now, there’s nothing wrong with these, but every blogging and writing blog in cyberspace are giving away ProBlogger books (been there, done that) and surge protectors. I was looking for something a little less….boring.
So I put out word that I was looking for fun gifts for writers and received an impressive response. The problem is, my definition of fun, and some publicists’ definition of fun are two totally different animals. I had offers of extension cords, a heart rate monitor, a light for the inside of one’s toilet so the men in your lives don’t miss at night, and epoxy glue. Yes, epoxy glue. To give away to writers and bloggers.
I ask you…
Are these fun gifts for writers or bloggers? [Read more…]
by Deb Ng
Here’s a fun way to battle writer’s block: Writers Remedy is a bunch of magnetic words in a jar. Simply take out some words, pop ’em up on the fridge and mix and match until you come up with some ideas. There are 300 words in the jar, enough to nudge you back to the task at hand.
The jar retails for about $15 at the Magnetic Poetry website.
by Deb Ng
If you’ve been with us since the very beginning, you know I like to take some time at the end of every year to thank the loyal members of this community for everything you do. While I can’t buy you all a fruitcake, I can do something I hope helps you in your endeavor to become a successful freelance writer: give you a chance to pimp your blogs.
Yes, it’s time for Deb Ng’s annual end of the year link love post.
If you would like your blog mentioned, send it to me at [email protected] with “End of Year Link Love” in the subject line. At the end of December, I’ll include a link to your blog in my annual festival of linkerati.
Thanks again for all your support, especially through this year of changes and upgrades. We would be nothing without our community.
I’ve been accused of being too practical when choosing holiday gifts for writers and bloggers. Today, I’d like to enter the world of frivolity with some jewelry suggestions for writers.
Typewriter Key Bracelet
Tell me you won’t be touched when a thoughtful person in your life buys you this typewriter key bracelet from eco.artware.com. It retails for $110 and we especially like that it’s made from the real thing, and recycling always gets thumbs up from the FWJ crew.
Typewriter Key Cufflinks
by Deborah Ng
Last year Joffrey’s launched a Coffee 2.0 social media campaign to attract bloggers. They asked bloggers to sign up and sample their coffee. And what good coffee it is. I especially like that Joffrey’s gets the whole coffee/blogging thing. Did I mention the coffee is really good?
Joffrey’s offers organic coffees, flavored coffees, dark coffees, coffee collections, syrups, flavorings and more. If you’re looking to send your favorite blogger a coffee basket, when not send it from the people who actually GET blogging? A holiday sampler featuring a packet each of Mistletoe Mocha, Pumpkin Creme Brulee, and Winter Wonderland will run only $25.00. Not bad for a good cuppa.
Don’t miss my other suggestions for holiday gifts for writers and bloggers:
by Deborah Ng
Here’s an elegant holiday gift idea for writers. I recently received a Kiki James leather wrap journal as a gift and immediately faced two dilemmas. The first was that it was too beautiful to write in and the second was that I couldn’t wait to start writing in it. Not bad dilemmas at all when you consider many gifts people give me go into a closet and are promptly forgotten.
As someone who sits in front of a keyboard all day writing what other people tell me to write, it’s a real treat to hand write in a journal. Indeed I have a file cabinet filled with notebooks. But journals aren’t only for secret “Dear Diary” type thoughts. My journals hold ideas for some ebooks I’m writing, ideas for blog posts, plans for my house and more. When it comes to journaling, it’s all in the mind of the beholder.
A journal from Kiki James is a gift that, I think, would touch the heart of any writer. The outside is soft, buttery leather or suede and the inside is open to many possibilities. If I had a nit to pick, it’s that the pages aren’t lined. I’m one of those people who couldn’t write a straight line if my life depended on it. [Read more…]
Women For Hire will be holding a career expo next Tuesday, October 7 at the Lakeview Terrace, Navy Pier.
If you are interested in providing resume critiques at this event taking place from 10am-2pm we would be happy to have you.
by Jodee Redmond
Good morning FWJ Friends,
Sometimes technology really isn’t my friend, and today is one of them. I did find leads and get them ready and when I decided to preview the post before publishing it, well, let’s just say the leads were like magic…they disappeared!
A few choice words later, I’m going to find them again and I will post them a little later on for you.
Thank you for your patience.