I have something cool to share with you. The owner of Literary Book Gifts asked me to give a critique of her store and offer a promo code to my readers. That kind of makes this post a two for one...or something. I dunno, my brain is bogged down by stupid fatigue, so I'm not wording well. Anyways, I agreed because as a crafter who sells her stuff, I enjoy supporting other creators.
First off, let me note that Literary Book Gifts has a nice, clean layout. It's not overly cluttered and easy to navigate. The font is black on white background which is something I advocate. I'm always, "YAY! I can read it without pain!"
The overall selection is nice. Not too many, but not too few. I noticed each category has a few options that the others don't. My biggest issue is there needs to be images of people using the products. A favorite site of mine, Think Geek, has action shots where buyers send in photos of them using the item. It gives a personal touch. Melissa doesn't have to do that exactly, but asking friends to do a photo shoot would go a long way in showing how the clothing fits and how many books you can shove into one of the bags.
Let me say here, I was not asked to try the products, but I saw a shirt I wanted. There was money left from my brother's estate, so this is my last Christmas gift from him. (Excuse me while I go cry.)
Plus, I wanted to test out the promo code I was given and make sure it worked.
The site said the shirts can run small, so I got a large. I'm glad I listened because the large fits like a medium on me. It was a little scratchy when I put it on, but that didn't last long. It just needed to be washed. One thing that made me very happy was the fabric is not paper thin. I had a friend give me a cool Subaru shirt and you can see my bra through it! Shipping only took 10 days. Not bad.
Now that I've shown off the site and given my thoughts on it, here's the part where I get to pimp Literary Book Gifts.
If you see something you like use PATRICIALYNNE20 to get 20% off. The code doesn't expire, so use it whenever you want or hand it out to family and friends with a gentle (aka hard) nudge as to what they need to buy you for your birthday. XD
Thanks, Melissa for the awesome shirt and for getting to see my name as a coupon code. (Can I just pause a moment and freak out over having my name in a promo code? That's something I've only seen with Youtubers. I feel like a big shot now. LOL!) I wish the best of luck with your shop.
Every Friday is Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain and L.G. Keltner.
The rules are blog about something good in your life. It can be something little or something big, but the goal is to find the positive in life and celebrate it. Then hop around the linky list on Lexa's blog and see what others are celebrating.
It's been an exhausting month for me, so I'd like to celebrate the kind words and support I've gotten from people. My IWSG and Monday posts I talked about how hard this month is going to be and the exhaustion I'm already feeling because of that. Then Wednesday I attended in #bookmarketingchat on Twitter and got support from people when I said I was mostly lurking due to exhaustion (as well as a bunch of good ideas for holiday marketing.)
I tell myself not to feel guilty about self-care, but that's easier said than done. Having others reaffirm that, yes, I need to focus on taking care of myself and worrying about writing later helped me to not feel guilty about. It was a weight off my shoulders that I needed.
What are you celebrating this week?
The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Posts go up the 1st Wednesday of every month. Check it out here and join if you need support with your writing. Don't forget to stop by and say hi to the co-hosts: J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker , Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey!
This month's question is: What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?
I've only recently made an official writing space. Before, I just wrote on the couch. Now, I have a desk and around it right now is a painting I did of Michigan, a penguin, Tardis ornament, printer, and a notebook.
My insecurity this month stems from my lack of writing recently. Since October, writing anything more than 100 word drabbles has been tough. Most days, I try to think about what needs to happen next in a WIP and the words aren't there.
A combination of things are affecting my muse right now. Fatigue went away for a week then decided to come back with a vengeance, I have had craft shows most weekends, I'm dealing with the grief of it being the first Thanksgiving and Christmas without my brother, and having to deal with people when all I really want is to be alone to mourn.
It's left me exhausted out of my mind, so it's really no wonder writing isn't happening. I don't have the spare brain power. I'm doing other creative things, but knitting doesn't require much thinking because I'm following a pattern. I try not to feel guilty because once the holiday is over, and life calms down, I'll be writing again. I just need patience. And maybe a long nap.
I hope you enjoy my take on Green Day's song: Wake me when September Ends. ;)
We're in the last month of the year. Normally, I'd be talking about my goals for the month, but this month I'm going to skip it. I've done this before, but this month is different because going to be a hard one for me emotionally. It's the first Christmas since my brother died, and already I can't even. Like the title says, I'd really rather sleep through the entire month.
But I can't. There is family to visit that I haven't seen in a long time and they're looking forward to our visit. Also, curling up and moping all month isn't what my brother would want me to do. He'd sympathize with me not wanting to go be surrounded with people. He was as anti-social, if not more, than I am. But he'd tell me that pouting isn't going to bring him back, so I might as well suck it up and deal with people.
Still, it's going to be an exhausting month, so I'm not going to set goals that I'll be too worn out to try. Maybe I'll have energy to get some writing in, maybe I won't. Given how emotional this month already is, self care is going to be my number one priority.
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* Marie Landry
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* C. Lee McKenzie
* A Book Lover's Playlist
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* M. Pax
* MJ FiField
* Melissa Barker-Simpson
* Christine Rains
* Heather M. Gardner
* George McNeese
* Lexa Cain
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* Liana K (Youtube)
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