Wishing those of you who celebrate a very Merry Christmas. To everyone else, have a happy, healthy weekend. As we push through to the end of this difficult year, we all need a little peace and joy. Take a breath, do something you enjoy, and know that things will be better this time next year.
I try to bring you a shopping guide this time of year, suggesting gifts for writers. This year, between the number of people staying home for the holidays and the overall stress of the pandemic, I’ve gone back and forth on whether to do one. Gifts are lovely, but getting them to people is difficult. Particularly when you consider the slowness of the post in recent months. So instead of suggesting all sorts of presents that require purchase and shipping, I’m just going to include some bookish links today, to go with the ones last week. Remember that you can call indie bookstores near your loved ones and arrange gifts through them. Or you can send gift cards, either by email or tucked into a holiday card. Bookshop.org now offers gift cards, so you can still support indie booksellers. Give the gift of something cozy to read.
Gift-giving aside, don’t forget the December Writing Challenge is still in full swing. It’s a low key year, but with everything going on, try to prioritize your own interests a bit. Schedule time to work on your current project. You don’t need to hit a certain word count or number of pages. Just sit with it and keep your brain tuned in so you don’t lose momentum. And if you do find yourself on a writing roll, by all means take advantage of it!
Wishing you a great weekend, filled with some holiday music and stories and a bit of writing time for yourself!
This week’s links:
16 Authors Share the Best Books They Read in 2020. – A nice list of recs from authors through the folks at Bookish.
Our 65 Favorite Books of the Year. – This roundup, from Lit Hub, offers a good cross section of genres and titles less frequently discussed.
The Twelve Days of Christmas. – For Austenites and fans of Regency life/writing, a look into Christmas life of that era, brought to you by the staff at Jane Austen’s house. Includes bits of Austen’s letters, recipes, illustrations, and some short readings courtesy of Emma Thompson.
The Talented Ms. Calloway. – An intriguing look into the world of a certain sort of publishing, and what it means to self-promote and to publish oneself in a very literal manner.
Electric Lit’s Favorite Novels of 2020. – As it says. A nice selection for reading/gift-giving inspiration.
The 50 Greatest Apocalypse Novels. – For those of you thusly inclined. Given the state of 2020, once I saw this, I felt I had to include it.
Wishing a very merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate! I hope friends and family fill your day with joy, delicious treats, and some wonderful new books and writing supplies. Enjoy!
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a terrific holiday season, whatever you may celebrate.
As this is the last Friday before Christmas, I thought I’d try and whip up a bit of holiday cheer. I’m afraid I can’t offer a festive cocktail or share my Christmas baking, but these links have a nice holiday bend. They still include some writing advice, and a few reading recs, but I tried to keep the spirit of the season in mind.
This weekend promises to be busy, but I hope you all manage to carve a little personal time. Whether you want to read your favorite Christmas story, get some writing in, or just find a quiet moment, it’s important to take a break in the middle of the chaos. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, whatever you celebrate. Enjoy!
This Week’s Links:
What the LitHub Staff Is Reading, Watching, and Listening to This Holiday Season. – A fun round up to inspire your own holiday entertainment.
Ghosts on the Nog. – Five forgotten Christmas ghost stories. Charles Dickens isn’t the only author who liked a ghostly tale for Christmas. Note: the link for one story in the original post is broken, but you can find it here: A Strange Christmas Game.
How to Write: 10 Tips from David Ogilvy. – Some advice from the original Man Man of advertising. Not all of it applies if you’re writing a novel, but the basics are sound. Plus it’s entertaining, regardless.
Why I Hate Christmas (But Love Songs about Hating Christmas). – A slightly different take on the holiday.
Overflowing with Magical Shoes: The Elves and the Shoemaker. – A look at one of the few stories by the Brothers Grimm to mention a holiday.
9 Books about Faith that Even Atheists Can Believe In. – Some reading for the less religiously minded.
Although some might argue that Christmas Eve calls for A Visit from St. Nicholas, I vote for Dickens. And you can never go wrong with Neil Gaiman. Wishing all who celebrate a wonderful Christmas with friends and family.