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Gift giving and/or receiving tips for/from writers
Do you know where your gifts are? If you’re like me, by this date you’ve gotten most of them purchased, crossing off the easy ones on your list first.
But then there’s…them. The other ones. You know, the people that no matter what, you can’t figure out what to get for them, or understand how they choose that ‘special’ gift for you that looks like it came out of someone’s basement or garage.
If that ‘special someone’ (we writers don’t like to be called weirdoes…okay, some of us may revel in it, but not everyone, best not take the chance) is a writer, here’s a few tips in giving and receiving gifts this season.
1. Anything with a quote on it and you’re pretty much a ‘shoe in’.
This is a person that spends more time on a sentence than it takes to devour a fruitcake (and you know those things tend to linger. The fruitcake that is, not your writer friend, they’re usually introverts and itching to head home like a prisoner on house arrest.) These random quotes may make no sense to you, but a writer-ly person will pause and marvel at your thoughtfulness and how you just ‘get them’.
~As you’re opening the card from your writer friend…know that they scoured that card rack (or wrote their own card since none could express what they wanted to say) to find the verse that ‘spoke to them’ the most. So read the darn thing! Even if it makes no sense to you, do the smiling and nodding thing.
2. Journals, tablets, notebooks, sticky notes…see the theme here?
Paper! Explanation shouldn’t be required. Even with a laptop and illegible handwriting most writers can’t be without paper despite having a stash worthy of a hoarder.
~So…if you’re opening a lovely journal or notebook from your writer friend… look inside the darn thing! You can see by the eager gleam in their eye that there’s surely a deep, thought-provoking inscription inside that they consider the ‘gift that keeps on giving’ for you to cherish for years to come.
3. Old books, or new books, heck probably any book.
You’re Golden! It’s a book and we adore them. Caressing their covers like a newborn babe. Lovingly displaying them like trophies on the bookshelf, coffee table, in the bathroom. Looking as if the books are multiplying faster than rabbits. The neatest write’s abode is challenged to avoid book clutter.
(Psst..easy peasey last minute gift here…surely you’ve got some books lying around? Even if they’re used or old- hey, that adds character. Just say how you chose it just for them.)
~If you’re receiving the book. Know your writer chose it with you in mind and if they love it—they have their own copy already, so don’t plan on re-gifting that baby. Your writer friend will remember. They may forget to eat, shower, dress, or who you are when they’re absorbed in a story, but they never forget a book.
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HOPE ONLY WANTS TO FIND OUT IF HER ABILITY TO INFUSE EUPHORIA OR DESPAIR WITH HER TOUCH MAKES HER THE DEVIL'S SPAWN, OR HIS EXTERMINATOR. BUT WHEN THE WOMAN WHO RAISED HER IS MURDERED BY SOMETHING NOT HUMAN, SHE LOSES THE ONLY FAMILY SHE KNEW AND DISCOVERS ONE SHE MIGHT WISH SHE HADN’T.
DRAWN BACK TO THE HOME TOWN SHE VOWED NEVER TO RETURN TO, HER ABILITY IS SEEN AS AN ASSET TO EVERYONE BUT HOPE, AND SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHO TO TRUST. HER FAMILY WANTS HER TO HELP THEM OVERCOME AN ENEMY OPPRESSING THE HUMAN POPULATION, WHILE THE MAN OF HER DREAMS IS COURTING HER FOR THE UNDERWORLD.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT, AND HOPE’S CHOICE MAY BE MADE FOR HER, AS SHE DISCOVERS SHE’S A PAWN IN A BIGGER GAME PLAYED BY A MERCILESS RULER WHO DOESN'T LOSE.
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CAN LOVE CROSS THE BOUNDARIES MORTALS HAVE ERECTED TO REJECT ALL THAT CANNOT BE EXPLAINED?
AS THE LAST WITCH IN THE TURNER LINE, CELESTE DOESN’T KNOW IF SHE’S FINALLY FOUND TRUE LOVE OR IF HER GRANDMA CAST A LOVE SPELL TO CONTINUE THE TURNER LINE. DANE JOHNS IS A MAN NOT EASILY FORGOTTEN, BUT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT CELESTE PLANS TO DO. BECAUSE HE HAS ONE BIG FLAW. HE’S A MORTAL.
DANE JOHNS DOESN’T KNOW IT BUT HE’S UNDER A SPELL, AND CELESTE TURNER IS THE CURE. MYSTERIOUSLY HEALING HIS INJURY WHILE CAPTIVATING HIS HEART, DANE IS ENCHANTED. ALTHOUGH ONCE HE DISCOVERS CELESTE’S SECRET HE MUST DECIDE IF HE’S CHARMED ENOUGH TO NOT ONLY ACCEPT LOVE INTO HIS LIFE, BUT THE WORLD OF MAGIC.
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GROWING UP WITH FOUR SIBLINGS HAD MAUREEN FAMILIAR WITH ESCAPING INTO A GOOD BOOK, OR THE RECESSES OF HER MIND. SHE REALIZED LATER IN LIFE EVERYONE DIDN'T HAVE CHARACTERS TELLING STORIES IN THEIR HEADS, OR WEREN'T ENVISIONING MAGIC AND MAYHEM WITHIN THE EVERYDAY. THIS, AND LONG WALKS IN THE BEAUTIFUL STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA SPAWNED A LOVE OF WRITING.
SINCE HER DESIRE TO BECOME A SOLID GOLD DANCER WAS THWARTED WHEN THE SHOW WAS DISCONTINUED, MAUREEN OPTED TO PURSUE OTHER PATHS. ATTEMPTING TO CONQUER NEW ENDEAVORS PROVED FRUITFUL WITH HER FIRST NOVELLA, WHILE OTHER ATTEMPTS, SUCH AS CHALLENGING A FEAR OF HEIGHTS WITH PARASAILING, WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THEREFORE SHE'S CHASED OTHER INTERESTS, THOUGH NONE-THE-LESS-DARING, BUT CLOSER TO THE GROUND, SUCH AS BELLY-DANCING, BECOMING A SELF-PROCLAIMED TEQUILA CONNOISSEUR, FULFILLING HER ROLE AS BIKER BABE TO HER ALPHA HUBBY AND SURVIVING TWINS, AND MOTHERHOOD (SO FAR).
PENNING STORIES BOASTING LAUGHTER, LIGHT SUSPENSE AND SOMETHING MAGICAL IN THE HOPE OF SHARING HER LOVE OF FINDING THE EXTRAORDINARY IN THE ORDINARY WORLD.
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