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Don’t you forget about me!

Photo credit: Deb Maries
Photo credit: Deb Maries

Apologies for the brief hiatus! 

Went to see Les Miserables in Toronto yesterday with some lovely friends. Such an incredible show. So many strong performances with stand-outs being “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “Red and Black” and “Lovely Ladies.” 

Well done to all. 

Getting some last-minute Christmas shopping done today, but there should be a blog post coming very soon! 

Stay safe out there!




Best gifts for writers that AREN’T books: accessories edition

Hungry-hungry caterpillar makeup bag 

For the femme fatale on your holiday shopping list, this present

Photo credit: Out of Print
Photo credit: Out of Print

embraces the best of business and pleasure with colorful designs from the beloved children’s book The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Perfect for any artist or makeup enthusiast, this cute little tote is a lovely find.

Available on Out of Print.

Custom-made Poe shoes

Photo credit: Etsy
Photo credit: Etsy


Made to order, these flats can be customized to feature almost any design, making them a very personalized present for your favorite book worm.

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Best gifts for writers that AREN’T books: tanks, tees and sweatshirts edition

Whether you’re a writer, reader or book lover, these shirts, sweatshirts and tank tops are perfect additions to your wish list.

Because wizarding schools wouldn’t accept FAFSA

Photo credit: Wicked Clothes
Photo credit: Wicked Clothes

This American Apparel, unisex tank top is a great, original find for any Harry Potter fan. Not only is this tank great for college kids, but its unique play on the HP plot line with a bold and assertive font.

On sale for $9.99 (without shipping), this steal is impossible to pass on.

Available on Wicked Clothes.

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Best gifts for writers that AREN’T books: Home & Office edition

We all have a reader in the family—yeah─ one of those weirdos that has their nose in a book or keeps sneaking away to jot down notes for their next novel.

And, now that it’s Christmas time you think you’ve got gift-giving in the bag, right?


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Photo credit: Creative Commons

Do yourself and your loved one a favor. Don’t run out to Barnes and Noble and sink to the level of an impersonal gift card. Don’t buy more notebooks—I guarantee they have a million, most of which are probably half empty and awaiting the ending of some swiftly-scrawled short story.

Before you buy them a set of gilded dictionaries, look through this list of great gifts for writers, readers and book lovers in general.

From a bibliophile to her audience, I promise these presents will bring joy to any lover of the written word.

The Book Seat:

This great little travel caddy holds your book open when you’re reading on the train, plane or in the car. It can be used as a travel pillow, and will stand on its own regardless of the angle of the surface you placed it on. It comes in multiple colors and styles.

The Book Seat
The Book Seat

Available on Amazon.

 Book cover coaster set:

This adorable little coaster set is perfect for a faculty member or close friend. At $20 it’s a great purchase that can make any place a little more cozy and literary-friendly. Featuring eight different, well-known book covers, this  is a wonderful gift idea for readers and writers alike.

Eight-piece coaster set
Eight-piece coaster set

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Holiday haters: 3 books to change your tune

The holidays can be a duplicitous bitch.

Either you’re adorning all your flat surfaces in twinkling lights and tinsel, or chugging down enough “adult beverages” to make all the family gatherings bearable.

Abhorring this ambivalence is totally natural, no worries.  We’ve all hated the holidays at some point.

So, next time you’re curled up with some Irish coffee, and attempting to avoid ABC family’s “25 days of Christmas” marathon, bury your nose in one of these books.

I’m not promising butterflies to warm your Grinchy soul, but these stories will remind you of something you’ve forgotten to be thankful for.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg 

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Awarded the Caldecott Medal for children’s literature in 1986, this wonderful picture book starts with the story of a boy losing faith in the meaning of Christmas.

Sound familiar?

So, Little Boy Blue is contemplating his existential Christmas crisis, and a magical, Hogwarts-style train shows up, complete with conductor.

The boy succumbs to the charms of the candy-filled train where he befriends other children his age and continues on a magical journey to meet Santa and watch the elves present the first gift of Christmas.

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Now, while the above summary sounds a lot like a “To Catch a Predator” plot line, the most important part of the book is the ending.

While our protagonist is visiting the North Pole, he asks for a single bell from a reindeer’s harness. And, on his way home, the bell mysteriously vanishes.

Will the bell return? Will the boy re-connect with his inner Christmas angel?

Check it out here on Amazon and Better World Books Continue reading Holiday haters: 3 books to change your tune