It's coming up to Christmas time. The shops are full of sparkle and noise. Family favourite recipes are being dusted off. The tree - if you have one - is probably up by now, and the nativity set put in pride of place. If you are anything like me, you've written up a gift list and are trying to calmly work your way through it. But we all have those friends or family members that can be hard to buy for. So, I thought I'd make things a little easier for you and offer a list of ideas for how you can show love to your writer friends at this time of year. (Even the closet writers you know love to write but are way too shy to ever talk about it!)
I've added $'s to show the cost involved with each option.
Now here's a book review for writers or people who know and love writers (and are looking for ways to support them). Launch That Book is a how-to book that promises to help equip writers with some time tested strategies to build a successful launch team prior to the release of their new book.
I met Tammy Karasek when I was in the USA earlier this year. She was part of the faculty of Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and her enthusiasm for supporting authors was both immediately noticeable and infectious!
What does one do with the space that is left after a daughter moves out and gets married? (Other than sit there, curled in her favourite chair, missing her badly?)
Turn the space into a YouTube Studio, of course!
Well, okay - it wasn't really the space that inspired me to log back into my YouTube channel and create some new material. It was the idea to make some short, quick videos to help kids learn to enjoy writing.
Sometimes, things happen in life that leave you pinching yourself and shaking your head wondering 'Why me?'
Not, 'Why me?' in a bad way, but 'Why - out of anyone you could have picked - did it get to be me?'
That's how I felt as I arrived at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, last month. It was a conference I'd been following for a number of years but, as it's in the US (North Carolina to be exact) and I'm based in Sydney, Australia, I wasn't entirely sure how it could happen. But after applying unsuccessfully to be on faculty for a few years, I received an email last year inviting me to be on faculty for 2023, and not just that but to present a keynote talk! I was blown away, humbled and terribly excited.
The Penny Drops
In high school I used to write what I'd call 'thinks' - little bits of writing about whatever topic or issue I was mulling over at the time. I still write these little pieces.
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