In a previous post, I wrote about holiday gifts that I, as a writer, don’t want. Here, I’ll tell you what I would like. I’m willing to bet a stack of stickies that you’ll want some of these as well.
Like many writers, I have an addiction to stationery supplies. I drool when I walk through aisles of loose-leaf binders, pens, paperclips, padded envelopes, etc., etc. Back-to-school sales make me hyperventilate. To help feed my habit, loved ones get me gift cards so I can choose what I need and want. (As I share in Part 1 of this series, I have strong preferences in pens, and notebooks.)
Other types of gift cards I love:
- Bookstores (online/local/secondhand)
- Coffee shops (where I do much of my writing)
- Art and crafts stores (I like to cartoon and collage, especially when I need a different creative outlet)
- Movie theaters (sometimes Netflix doesn’t cut it; I’ve got to get out of the house)
What’s the difference between a memento and trinket? Loving acknowledgement.
Walk into my office and you’ll see these acknowledgements strewn across my windowsill and desk, thumbtacked to my walls or hanging precariously from my curtain rods.
Each is a gift from a friend or family member who understands the inner workings of my heart and mind. These folks support my writing and thereby me, for they understand that there is no difference between what I do and who I am. Their acknowledgement keeps me going; their love keeps me safe.
May this holiday season bring you gift cards and mementos. May it bring you love.