Bookish gifts for Christmas

My favourite bookish gift is, you’ve guessed it, a good book, but here are some ideas if you need further inspiration.

These Kindle covers are stylish, practical and On Sale. What more could you want? Varieties include Wuthering Heights, The Wizard of Oz, Dracula and Alice in Wonderland. £9.95 from Red5.

I love this whimsical homage to reading by Naoko Stoop. It’s titled Oak Reading Room and is available as a print (from an original painting on wood) from Etsy.

This ampersand necklace from bookish is somehow modern, witty, and classic all at once. It comes on an 18″ gold-plated chain and costs £16.

There are lots of book locket necklaces on Etsy, including ones with actual paper inside, but I have a soft spot for this steampunk locket by TimeWatch. It costs around £20 and the locket has spaces for two tiny photos.

Friday Five: Tears, contests, and Obama

Friday already? Huh.

1.After Ann Coulter referred to President Obama as a ‘retard’, Special Olympics athlete and international  spokesperson John Franklin Stephens penned her this reply.*

2. In case you hadn’t heard, Obama is still president. Also, he does a mean MC Hammer impression. See Above. (Thanks, Keris!).

3. To celebrate the launch of The Days of Blood and Starlight, wonderful fantasy/YA author Laini Taylor is sponsoring a book trailer contest. It’s open worldwide and first prize is $1000. Check out full details here.

4. One of the most prestigious short story contests, The Bridport Prize, has opened for submissions. You’ve got until the end of May to enter and it costs £8 a go. I’m usually wary of paying to enter anything, but this is a respected competition and has a first prize of £5000. There are separate prizes for flash fiction and poetry, if you are that way inclined.

5. I’m not sure how long this promotion will last but Maureen Johnson’s excellent (YA) Devilish is currently FREE for Kindle.

*If you can read this without crying you probably have no soul. Sorry about that.

StoryWonk NaNo Podcasts

Why, yes; this is yet another blog about NaNoWriMo.

So, are you taking part? I’m not (having established through experience that 50,000 words in a month is beyond me), but I am following a personal challenge to get 30,000 words down during November.

With that in mind, I’m lapping up any word-count-challenge support, such as StoryWonk’s NaNo podcasts. Alastair Stephens and Lani Diane Rich will be putting a show up every day, sharing word counts, support and inspiration. The first episode is available here.