Yesterday I was traveling up the North Island so of course my blog did not get written. I left a gorgeous day in Wellington...yes we do have amazing days in the windy city, when there is no wind, the sea is flat calm and the sun sparkles off the hills surrounding the harbour like a rare gem.
Today Auckland is misty and overcast. I’m waiting for the full on sunshine and last minute shopping trips to begin.
If you are shopping for any authors...check out these presents.
Offbeat gifts for writers.... and for inspiration...what has been described as voodoo dolls of authors.
The predictions for 2012 are beginning and Mike Shatzkin’s name is being tweeted all around the blogoshere for his ‘not predictions list but questions’ that need to be addressed in 2012. Check it out, there is something for everyone in the publishing industry to ponder.
Of course Mike also had a hand in making the Digital Book World 10 Predictions for 2012...this is also getting a twitter beating as Number 7 gets talked about by authors.
In the fun category - if you know an author who has begun using skype for author visits you may want to point them to this post from a 'don’t do what I did’ tongue in cheek expose of a skype visit to a book club. (Children’s writers can get themselves in sooo much trouble just with one of these gaffs.)
If you are looking for personal inspiration you must check out the editors blog for a beautiful call to writers to push themselves a little more.
If Chuck is more your style he says the same thing but in his own gritty voice...(warning It’s Chuck!)
I had hoped to bring you a sneak preview of the project I have been working on for the last couple of months but time pressures and end of year hype has delayed it...so I may just start the New Year with it.
It will be an interesting journey for me to share with you. Bring on 2012.
Merry Christmas from the sunny Southern Hemisphere. (still waiting for that sun Auckland...)
Oh and here’s the annual Christmas video treat for you.
Off for last minute Christmas shopping...oh look sun!