Best calendar for writers!

Best wishes for a sparkling holiday season.

Remember, you can soon order your copy of Bylines Writer’s Desk Calendar. I have an essay in it this year, and always find it the most productive, uplifting way to remember to “be a writer” every week.¬† The publisher worked hard through rain and snow and major snafus, and calendar orders are now being processed. Quantity discounts are available.

As usual, there are stories by 53 writers in Bylines. This year, writers are from 25 states, plus Ireland and the UK. The state with the most entries is Kansas, with 4; however, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Oklahoma each have 3 entries. I’m one of the Illinois contributors and very excited to receive my copy.


A gilft list to let you escape into your writing!






Surely after all the festive holiday events this month, you’ll be longing for a couple quiet hours to write. Promise yourself you’ll grab your notebook or laptop and settle into a quiet writing time.

And, if you’re wondering what to ask for for a holiday gift, instead of another sweater, here are my top suggestions for inspiring your creativity. Print, forward or tweet this list of my top five suggestions to be sure you get these goodies from your family and friends this holiday season:

1. The book, The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers, by Laura Oliver. Unusual in that it grabs you from the first page, and is styled as a how-to writing guide but reads much like a memoir. Available locally and nationally.

2. A subscription to Writer’s Chronicle magazine, where you won’t see the same old concepts repurposed in two bigger writing magazines. (

3. A one-year membership in Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (

4. Bylines 2012 Calendar — a weekly desk calendar for writers. For me, fabulously motivating, with writer profiles, lists, events, and a great motivator to track submissions, manage deadlines and stay inspired. You can even be a contributor for the 2013 edition.

5. The book, Pilgrimage, by Annie Liebovitz. Now this is an indulgence, a huge book of photographs and essays, but it is very special. The famous photographer made a list of places that had meaning and were on her life list. And the result is inspiring beyond belief. The full-page photos beg to be touched, and the images will stay in your mind forever. From the view out Emerson’s bedroom¬† window, to Emily Dickinson’s house, to the unbelievably tiny desk where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women, to the fantasy of your own get-away to explore life… It’s all in this lovely book. Available locally at The Bookstall via this link.