Etsy Finds: Reader and Writer Gifts

Check out these reader and writer gifts at Bright Bird Press on Etsy

I’ve been a busy bird over on Etsy (and Amazon, but we’ll get to that another day), creating reader and writer shirt, mug, and bag/tote gifts as well as restocking my fiction writer and reader journals! I’m super excited to partner with Printful for the shirts, bags, and mugs that are now available at Bright Bird Press. When you make an order, it’s created and shipped directly to you. As always, my newsletter subscribers get 15% off store purchases.

I’ll remind you in October about the writer gifts in particular. It’s my busiest Etsy month of the year as everyone prepares for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). In fact, people have started referring to October as Preptober! Quick reminder that the novel planner notebooks come in a range of prices based on the journal variations. Some have monthly trackers, some have spiral binding, and some are saddlestitch binding.

Let me know how things are going by tagging me on Instagram @worderella!

Making a space for writing

Something that struck me while reading Stephen King’s On Writing is that he emphasizes life supports the art of writing, the art of writing doesn’t support life. His anecdotal story talks about how he had a room saved for writing with a T-Rex sized mahogany desk in the center, but over time, with the family and kids, he got rid of the desk, bought a family set of furniture, and shoved smaller desk under the eaves in the corner of the room.

Now, even when I had my own two-bedroom apartment, where I could save an entire room for my writing and guests, I realized… I hated it. I felt cut off from my space, the room didn’t have the best light, the reasons were endless. I moved my desk to my living room behind my sofa and felt much happier.

We’ve been going through a similar transformation that Stephen King described at my house. We spend most of our time upstairs, whereas downstairs my husband has his hobby room, I have my hobby nook, and then there’s a second living space. My hobby nook faces the living space, which I like because it gives me the best light, I can watch the little ones (furry and human), and I can feel the energy of the house.

With lock down, however, I’ve completely let the space become a wasteland of papers, books, taxes, Etsy inventory, my violin, my camera equipment, etc. It’s a location of stress, not concentration. I’ve turned my attention to tidying because of the impending winter months… we need a second space we can all retreat to recharge without having to leave the house.

Photo of my Etsy fulfillment sideboard
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First, I got a sideboard to contain all my Etsy inventory and shipping materials. This was key, because with each order of a novel planning notebook, book tracker, gestational diabetes tracker, or newborn log, I was bouncing all over the space to print the receipt, grab the envelope and tissue paper, another corner to get the actual purchased item… You can see how that got hectic quickly.

Next, I hope to consolidate all my photography and music content in an area, finally leaving the remaining space for writing. It’s a shame that I have an 1860s writing desk and never use it! My goal is to clear the space so I can get back to it by the new year.

Are you making a space for your hobbies? How has your home changed since the pandemic?

Indie Lovers Unite

Dear Reader,

I am stealing this idea from Stacey because it’s brilliant: buy indie this holiday season! As I am a part of the indie movement in more ways than one (authorship, furniture, food, clothing, jewelry, etc), my list of indie merchants will reflect this, obviously. What are the benefits to buying indie? Stacey summed it up for me pretty well…

The experience of purchasing something that was created by someone who will chat with you on Facebook or comment on your blog or even thank you for supporting them is great!

It’s true. When I pulled together my Kickstarter care packages, I made sure everything involved was indie, if possible. The “surprise” was coffin soap from Etsy merchant My Vintage Vanity, and she was brilliant. Made forty soaps in a week and shipped them to me in time to post images on the Kickstarter website. The Haunting Miss Trentwood book launch party was catered by Sugar Inc Cupcakes and Tea, and as a barter I made the website. I love indie creators. It’s what my masters thesis was about, to be honest.

So without further ado, my list of indie people you might want to buy from this holiday season.

Shop at Etsy and Feel Good

My friend ArtsiBitsi at Etsy makes these adorable monsters that protect your Android, iPod, iPhone, etc. One of my friends from grad school started her own screen printing press, called Gas Stove Press, and she makes awesome nature prints for you to enjoy.

Etsy has this awesome functionality where I can create lists of products from independent merchants that relate to my books, Catching the Rose and Haunting Miss Trentwood. I could spend so much time there. I want to make lists for each of the main characters, as well. Enjoy!

Support Indie Music

The Phantods were originally billed as Zombie Polka Rock. Once you stop giggling at this  awesome genre you didn’t know existed, buy their music. It’s pretty freakin’ sweet.

Indie Books by Other Authors

I’ll admit I stole most of this list from Stacey. It’s a good list!

Young Adult

Susan Bischoff, Imogen Rose, Amanda Hocking, Sarra Cannon, Jess C Scott, V.J. Chambers, Jason Letts, Elizabeth Isaacs

Paranormal/Supernatural/Romance

Zoe Winters, Kait Nolan, Ashlynn Monroe, Claire Farrell, Tarrant Smith, Nicole Zoltack, Lauralynn Elliott, Amber Scott, H.P. Mallory, Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Thriller

David Dalglish, Daniel Arenson, William Meikle, Cristyn West, Mari Miniatt, David Wisehart, Scott Nicholson

Historical Fiction

Belinda Kroll, Jens Kuhn, JR Lindermuth, Joel Kirkpatrick, Zoe Archer

I’m fibbing a bit with the historical fiction simply because there aren’t many indie historical fiction authors that I’ve been able to find. I am on the hunt, though, so let me know in the comments if I missed anyone and I will add them to the list!

So there you have it. Go indie this holiday season and feel good about the fact that you are supporting the arts.