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Stocking Stuffers For Writers
Welcome to my Holiday Gift Guide!
Wish your writer a happy holiday season with these stocking stuffers just for him or her! If your writer has been nice, Santa wants them to have a special something in their Christmas stocking to encourage and entertain them while they write.
If you're stumped about what to get the writer or author in your life for his or her stocking this Christmas, look no further - below there are ten unique ideas for stocking stuffers for writers. Pick up one or all ten, and see your writer's face light up on Christmas morning!
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#1 The Writer's Block - Best Stocking Stuffer For Authors
Inspiration Running Low? Is Your Muse out to Lunch? Need a Nudge to Channel Your Creativity?
Here’s the first book on writer’s block that’s packaged in the shape of a block—3" x 3" x 3"—with 672 pages and more than 200 photographs throughout. Next time you’re stuck, just flip open THE WRITER'S BLOCK to any page and you’ll find an idea or exercise that will jump-start your imagination. Many of these assignments come straight from the creative writing classes of celebrated novelists like Ethan Canin, Richard Price, Toni Morrison, and Kurt Vonnegut.
Within these pages, you’ll learn how Joyce Carol Oates uses running to destroy writer’s block. Elmore Leonard describes how he often finds ideas just by reading the newspaper. E. Annie Proulx discusses finding inspiration at garage sales. Isabel Allende tells why she always begins a new novel on January 8th. And John Irving explains why he prefers to write the last sentence first.
Fresh, fun, and irreverent, THE WRITER'S BLOCK also features advice from contemporary editors and literary agents, lessons from the awful novels of Joan Collins and Robert James Waller, a filmography of movies concerning writer’s block (i.e. The Shining, Barton Fink) and countless other surprises. With this handy little book at your side, you may never experience writer’s block again!
#2 Moleskine Pocket Notebook
This red version of the basic, yet classic Ruled Pocket notebook is a stylish travel companion, perfect for writings, thoughts and passing notes. Like its black best selling counterpart, it has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners, acid free paper, a bookmark, an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket that contains the Moleskine history.
#3 Fisher Space Pen
The original Bullet Space Pen was conceived in July of 1948. Paul Fisher was soon machining a new pen design shaped from solid aluminum. It became the first Fisher ball point pen, the #400 Bullet Pen, is arguably the most popular pen of the twentieth century. This pen is now all brass with a Matte black finish.When closed, the Bullet Space Pen is the perfect size to carry in your wallet, pocket, purse, car glove box, organizer or toolbox. When open it's a full sized, evenly balanced writing instrument. The patented ink cartridge was designed by Paul Fisher for NASA in the 1960's enabling it to write in temperatures from -30 to +250 degrees Fahrenheit, under water, in zero gravity, at any angle, even upside down.
#4 Famous Writer Toy Action Figures - For Inspiration!
Designed with the needs of real writers in mind, this set can be used in one of two ways. You can keep these bite-sized bards on your desk to provide you with inspiration or, alternatively, you can throw them across the room when nothing else is clearing your writers block. Features: The set includes four figures: William Shakespeare, James Joyce, Mark Twain, and Edgar Allan Poe. Each vinyl figure is approximately three inches tall. Oddfellows have no moving parts. Packaged with original artwork and biographical notes.
#5 Movie: Stranger Than Fiction
Much was written about Will Ferrell's first "dramatic role" as Harold Crick, an IRS auditor who begins hearing a voice narrating his life. But Stranger Than Fiction is hardly a drama. However, what Ferrell does--like Jim Carrey before him in The Truman Show--is handle a toned-down character with genuineness and affection: you believe he is this guy. Crick leads a lonely life filled with numbers and routines. While at first he considers the voice a nuisance, Crick decides more action is needed when it speaks of "his demise." Enter Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), who takes on the absurd notion with revelry, trying to find out what kind of book Crick's life is leading. It turns out that the voice Crick is hearing belongs to Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson), a very real--and troubled--author who is writing a book in which Crick is a fictional character. As usual with these things, the stuffed shirt learns to live a better life--Crick even falls for one of his audits, a brash baker named Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Marc Foster (Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland) has the right tone for the film, using great urban scenes (the unnamed city is Chicago) with interesting visualizations of Crick's world of numbers. He also directs Ferrell, Hoffman, and Gyllenhaal to their most charming performances (plus Linda Hunt and Tom Hulce pop up in two funny scenes). Ferrell succeeds in being a romantic lead you can root for; a scene where he eats Ana's freshly baked cookies is totally delightful without a hint of sarcasm. Screenwriter Zach Helm has two personal traits with his story: like Crick he followed his heart (he stopped rewriting scripts and only worked on his own) and like Eiffel, the final results are not a masterpiece, but good, and entertaining enough. Britt Daniel of the band Spoon worked on the dynamite soundtrack.--Doug Thomas
#6 Christmas Ornament: Snoopy At Typewriter
#7 Magazine Subscription: Writer's Digest
For the writer at heart. Each issue focuses on the craft of writing, the tools and information for writing, and the markets for writing. Features examine how to write and sell magazine and newspaper articles, books, plays, poetry and scripts.
#8 USB Flash Drive
With USB ports popping up everywhere you look, you need a simple and reliable way to store and share your photos, videos and music on the fly. The SanDisk Cruzer USB Flash Drive is your answer. Because it works with virtually any computer or electronic device with a USB slot, this flash drive lets you leave your laptop at home but still take your vast amounts of content with you to share with family and friends. Whether you need to transport your latest MP3 downloads, vacation videos, or your college thesis, the SanDisk Cruzer USB Flash drive offers portable storage that you can trust. With up to 32 GB of storage, these drives are built to handle the real world’s bumps and turns - so you can count on them to help you share plenty of pix, flix and other digital favorites wherever you go.
#9 I Read Banned Books Bracelet - Jewelry stocking stuffer for a writer
Show your support of the freedom to read! Titles include Huck Finn, To Kill A Mockingbird, Color Purple, Howl, Alice in Wonderland, Go Ask Alice, Annie on My Mind.
#10 Magnetic Writer's Remedy
Writer's block have you all stopped up? Try the gentle relief of Writer's Remedy, from the makers of Magnetic Poetry. Simply apply these word magnets to your refrigerator door, or any other steel surface, and feel the liberating effects immediately. Features over 300 writerly words like electric, confess, muse, and whisper.