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Month: November 2019

Food for Thought: Menus That Made History

In this week’s Dispatches from The Secret Library, Dr Oliver Tearle enjoys Vincent Franklin and Alex Johnson’s delightful history of notable menus When did Britain’s first Indian restaurant open? What could the first diners on the Orient Express in 1884 enjoy for dinner? What food was on offer on board […]

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She Earns a Living as a Transcriptionist — And Credits This Program For Her Success

If you’re able to type quickly and accurately, a career in transcription might be a smart choice.

But don’t make the mistake of applying to transcription jobs without proper training.There’s a lot more to becoming a transcriptionist than just typing fast! 

If you’re keen to land some of the better-paying transcription gigs and truly turn this into a successful money-maker for your family, there’s a course you can take that will  teach you everything you need to know to become a great transcriptionist in as little as 2-4 months.

It’s called Transcribe Anywhere. And it works. 

How do I know? I completed Transcribe Anywhere two years ago, and since finishing the course, I’ve developed a successful home business as a transcriptionist. In fact, I earned back the cost of the course within two months of starting my first transcription job, and I’ve been able to find work with ease thanks to the skills I developed through the course.  

When you apply for transcription jobs, most companies require you to take a test of your ability to accurately type a short audio file. It’s unlikely you’ll pass — and certainly make it more challenging to move up to higher paying jobs — without training.

How to become a transcriptionist with Transcribe Anywhere

Transcribe Anywhere helps aspiring transcriptionists build successful businesses with affordable, all-inclusive education and lifetime support.

The company offers two different courses: General Transcription and Legal Transcription. Before you enroll, I recommend participating in a free introduction course to learn more about whether transcription is right for you, and what both courses provide. 

The Course creator, Janet Shaughnessy, knows her stuff. She’s run a transcription business for more than 10 years and is faimilar with all the ins and outs of the business. In addition to the online course, she’s readily available via email or the student Facebook group to answer questions and give feedback.

Transcribe Anywhere: Course details 

The training you’ll get in the Transcribe Anywhere course is comprehensive! It includes:

  • Foundational lessons, including punctuation practice and review of equipment and software required for transcription. 
  • Over 60 practice files to transcribe as well as answer keys to check your work. You’ll get to practice the full gamut of what a transcriptionist experiences in the real world, including challenging audio quality, accented speakers, and multi-speaker focus groups. The legal course includes templates of legal forms and documents, a guide to legal terminology, and ten levels of practice dictations.
  • A transcription style guide, downloadable templates and printable cheat sheets.
  • Business-building modules to help you jumpstart your career, including information on networking online, setting up a website, and where to look for work as a subcontractor. There’s also a lot of helpful information about how to set your rates and how taxes work when you’re self-employed.
  • Lifetime support, including full access to the course, helpful Facebook groups both for students and graduates, and email availability from the course administrators.

Transcribe Anywhere also offers a “100% thorough” guarantee. They’re confident you’ll have everything you need to succeed, but if you feel there’s anything missing, they’ll add it into the course so you have it as part of your lifetime access. Pretty cool!

How much do transcriptionists make? 

Although the Transcribe Anywhere courses provide you with all the skills you need to become an independent transcriptionist, they do not provide you with work afterwards. 

It’s up to you to do the work of finding clients or companies to work with. 

To set you on the right path, the course provides a lot of helpful information to find work successfully. They also make it clear up front that this is not a get-rich-quick scheme or an employment-matching service. 

Transcribe Anywhere reports that the average median annual income for $45,000 for a general transcriptionist and $60,000 for a legal transcriptionist. 

Your income will depend on whether you’re doing this full time or as a side hustle, and whether you subcontract for a company or find your own clients. My own part-time income started at about $500 a month and has grown to around $2,000 a month. 

As with most classes or courses, its aim is to provide you with skills so that you can go out and find the work you’ve trained for. After completing the course, I’ve been able to pass the transcription tests companies require for employment without much difficulty because the practice dictations in the course really do prepare you for real-life work.

How much does Transcribe Anywhere cost?

So what’s the cost for the course? The General Transcription course is $597, and the Legal Transcription course is $697. 

Both options have payment plans available, so you can pay for the first couple of modules and complete them before paying for the entire course.

Although the course is advertised as self-paced, it’s a little bit more complicated than that. 

Once you purchase the full course, you do have lifetime access to it and can take as long as you want to do each module. However, if you opt for the pay-as-you-go option, you only have 30 days to complete the first section and 60 days to complete the second section. That’s one place I noticed room for improvement; since the second section contains all of the practice dictations, it would be nice to have more time to truly do it at your own pace.

Is Transcribe Anywhere legit?

Some writers might ask, wait, is Transcribe Anywhere legit?

My answer: Yes, definitely.

And the course stays up-to-date! I completed the course two years ago, and the creator has updated it since then to make sure all the information is current and relevant. 

Bottom line of this Transcribe Anywhere review: In the time since I’ve taken the course, I’ve been able to grow a successful business as a freelance transcriptionist, using the knowledge, tools and skills I developed in the Transcribe Anywhere course. 

If you want to become a transcriptionist, Transcribe Anywhere is an excellent place to start. Check out their free mini-course first!

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The Best George Orwell Essays Everyone Should Read

George Orwell (1903-50) is known around the world for his satirical novella Animal Farm and his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, but he was arguably at his best in the essay form. Below, we’ve selected and introduced ten of Orwell’s best essays for the interested newcomer to his non-fiction, but there […]

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Introduction

To think about Europe is to think about the thorny old issue of longing and belonging; nostalgia, homesickness, exile, migration and community. To think about Europe is to make sweeping statements, often about history and philosophy. ‘No other continent’, we may begin, or ‘The European Enlightenment tradition’, or ‘Our values’. But if history and anthropology teach us anything, it is that few cultural traditions properly belong to one place – people have traded stories since time immemorial, and still do; good stories and bad, merging and re-emerging. And yet places have themes, particular melodies and phrases and rhythms that are curiously durable.

We asked a number of European writers to select, and (briefly) reflect on, a quote about Europe. We were curious about what writers like Orhan Pamuk or Ludmila Ulitskaya might choose – who would our contributors turn to when asked to think about ‘Europe’, and what do they make of our continent, now? Tellingly, with one exception – Marie Darrieussecq, who quoted National Geographic – the quotes are steeped in history. Our authors evoked the great (male) canon: Fyodor Dostoevsky, William Blake, Bertolt Brecht, Joseph Conrad, Albert Camus. The quotes speak broadly to the darkness of Europe’s history, not its freedoms and affluence: ‘What times are these, in which / A conversation about trees is almost a crime’ (Brecht, 1939). Some are defiant – ‘Our Europe is a shared adventure which we will continue to pursue, despite you, in the wind of intelligence’ (Camus, Letters to a German Friend, 1944) – others caustic: ‘Well then, eliminate the people, curtail them, force them to be silent. Because the European Enlightenment is more important than people’ (Dostoevsky).

Europe’s song, it seemed to me reading these pieces, is set to music of grandiosity and lament, hubris and guilt. The weight of history binds us. Even Marie Darrieussecq turns mournful in her piece. There is a Europe of death and a Europe of life, she writes. Mass graves, bloodstained snow, sublime forests, there you have it. History divides ‘Europe’ from ‘Britain’, these symbolic entities of shifting borders.

That atmosphere remains in the longer texts, too. Thus William Atkins follows in Chekhov’s footsteps to the Russian island Sakhalin north of Japan, a penal colony of Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. What is that neglected land like now? This is beyond the edge of Europe, a place whose Indigenous people, the Nivkh, have been marginalised for so long that they are nearly forgotten.

Katherine Angel writes about the attempt to decolonise a Belgian museum – the Musée royal de l’Afrique centrale. The most racist objects in the museum, including the Leopard Man (see illustration in the text), are now regarded as hors-jeu – out of play – and gathered in a special room. But Angel’s essay is also about her ambiguous relationship with London, where she lives and works. She ends with a quote from Günther Anders, the German-Jewish philosopher. He was born Stern, but published under the name Anders, a Nordic-sounding name and also the word for ‘other’, or ‘different’, in German. Günther Stern was Walter Benjamin’s cousin, and at one time Hannah Arendt’s husband. He fled to France, and then the US, returning to Europe (Vienna) in 1950. ‘Each of us knows that our mother is mortal, none of us knows that our home is mortal’, he wrote.

The Holocaust haunts us. British cultural historian Lara Feigel describes a long-ago visit to her Belgian grandmother, a survivor of Birkenau, who had cut herself off from the family of her eldest son, Feigel’s father, after he married out. Feigel reflects on an old diary entry describing the visit and the (almost) lost Jewish heritage of her family.

Joseph Leo Koerner, an eminent American art historian, travels with his children to the Nazi site of mass murder on the outskirts of Minsk in Belarus. His Viennese paternal grandparents were killed there, buried in a mass grave. Koerner explores a complex familial resistance to the painful question of what, exactly, happened to them. They were gone, deported and killed, no one knew where. He recalls childhood summers in Vienna, where his artist father compulsively painted street and landscape scenes; prolonged and unarticulated rituals of grief. The text is illustrated with one of Henry Koerner’s paintings; an interior of his childhood home. A thread, a surreal element, unwinds like a spider’s web from the ball of yarn on the table to the lamp above his mother’s hands. The stillness of the scene, the association to cobwebs, speaks of death and loss. There is another image in the piece: a poster, dating from 1941, showing the deportation (‘emigration’) of Austria’s Jews – other threads winding their way from Vienna to the complex of Nazi camps and killing fields.

The story of the Holocaust is also the story of failed asylum systems. We live with that legacy still. Ulf Karl Olov Nilsson, a Swedish psychoanalyst and poet, writes about his work on a psychiatric ward. A young woman from an unnamed African country has been denied asylum after a linguistic assessment cast doubt on her national origin. She is now almost catatonic. Nilsson eventually got her to speak: she revealed that she had witnessed several members of her family being killed, after which she was imprisoned in a cellar, where she was repeatedly raped. This essay, a chapter from his book Glömskans bibliotek ( The Library of Oblivion), is concerned with the paralysed silence at the heart of trauma and the obscenity, in that context, of interrogating asylum claims on behalf of the state.

And yet of course the work of assessing, recording and interrogating acts of violence has to be done. We can’t approve legal claims without due process; there is no restorative justice without investigations. Without that, we have no history and no analysis, only laments: eulogies for the dead and wounded. But interrogating trauma has to be done with compassion and respect, a delicate balancing act between emotions and facts and context. Somewhere in-between is the truth. Somewhere in-between is the story, or at least the European story.

Brexit note: I apologise in advance if this issue reaches you later than normal. We have printed Granta in Italy for many years now, transporting it across open borders – good luck with that, someone said. Good luck indeed.

We all know that our mother is mortal, none of us knows that our home is mortal.

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50 Gifts for Writers That Are Way Better Than a Boring Old Notebook

It’s time to find the perfect gift for the writer in your life…but the only idea you can come up with is a pretty notebook.

As writers who have spent our whole lives getting notebooks under the tree, we’re here to tell you: you can do better!

The gift ideas for writers below range from the ridiculously silly (“Poe-pourri”, anyone?) to the wonderfully useful (fingerless writing gloves). Use one of these clever gifts to make your favorite writer laugh, or simply to show you understand just how much writing means to them.

Gift ideas for the writer in your life

We created this gift guide with holidays, birthdays and anniversaries in mind. Choose one of the thoughtful gifts below, and that special writer will know just how much you care.

Here are some of the best gifts for writers:

1. Fingerless writing gloves

Green fingerless gloves that feature text from a book

Photo credit: Storiarts

Know a writer who’s always cold in their home office?

Fingerless gloves could help them stay warm, while still allowing them to keep typing away.

Even better, we found pairs that are covered in text from classic novels. Storiarts fingerless gloves come in lots of colors and themes, including Les Miserables, Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, and the Declaration of Independence.

Fashionable and practical, this is one of the best gifts for writers out there.

2. Adult coloring book for writers

Yup, adult coloring is totally a trend.

Studies have shown that coloring reduces anxiety, creates focus and helps people become more mindful. No wonder there’s an adult coloring book specifically for writers!

3. Domain name

Does your writer have their own website? If not, they probably have it on their list to start a blog this year.

Gift your writer with their very own domain name, giving them the boost they need to make their writing public or start blogging.

Bluehost makes it easy to grab the domain name of your choice, and most domains cost around $12/year. If you’re not sure which domain to buy, your writer’s first and last name is a good bet, like this: SusanSmith.com. If that’s not available, try SusanSmithWrites.com.

You can test out a few domain names here to see what’s available:

4. Books about writing

You can never go wrong with giving a writer a book, especially when the book is about writing. After all, most of us are self-proclaimed bookworms, and we’re eager to improve our craft.

Here are four books every writer should read more than once:

  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  • You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins

Want more to choose from? Here are 26 of the best books on writing.

5. Aqua Notes, the waterproof notepad

Know how you often get your best ideas in the shower?

Aqua Notes helps you capture them. This waterproof notepad, which mounts to the shower wall, allows you to document the greatest of ideas and grocery lists…or leave notes for whoever showers after you.

Aqua Notes allow you to write on a notepad in the shower to save ideas

Photo credit: Amazon

6. Literary socks

Gone are the days when socks were a lame gift your ancient aunt gave you.

You could easily fill a whole dresser with the cool socks available these days. The writer in your life is sure to like:

7. Clever coffee mug

Keep your writer caffeinated and amused with a clever coffee mug.

Coffee mug with joke about writers

Photo credit: Amazon

We especially love this humorous one: “Please do not annoy the writer, she may put you in a book and kill you.”

If you’d like to give your favorite writer a boost of confidence, this one may do the trick: “I write. What’s your superpower?”

Finally, for the writer who is serious about getting down to business on Monday mornings, we recommend this “Write epic shit” mug.

8. Noise-canceling headphones

Shhhhh! Writer at work! While some writers prefer the energetic buzz of a coffee shop while they write, many writers crave peace and quiet.

Noise-canceling headphones can give the writer in your life the silence (and productivity) they need to put pen to paper. Bose has a number of options that range in price. 

9. Literary jewelry

Know a stylish writer? Here are a few pieces they could add to any outfit:

  • A necklace with a Jane Austen quote
  • A bracelet that says “She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.”
  • Oscar Wilde cuff links

Whether your writer loves Austen, Shakespeare or Poe, the JezebelCharms Etsy shop is filled with literary-inspired jewelry and accessories.

10. Online course for writing well

If your favorite writer is always looking to improve their craft, gift them a course or ebook they can absorb on their own schedule.

A few we recommend:

We’ve rounded up our favorite online courses for writers here.

11. Novel Teas

Is your writer a tea-lover?

Novel Teas could be the perfect present, one they can enjoy while working on their novel or freelance project.

Each bag comes with 25 individually wrapped tea bags containing English breakfast tea and a quote about books from a variety of authors.

12. Literary perfumes

Inspire your writer with the scent of the masters who have gone before. Immortal Perfumes’ Dead Writers Perfume uses scents like black tea, clove and tobacco to evoke memories of first editions in old libraries.

One fun example is Pemberly: A Jane Austen Inspired Perfume. It features hyacinth, honeysuckle and peony — all flowers found in the garden of Chatsworth House, the estate believed to have inspired Austen’s Pemberly.

13. Literary tattoos (temporary)

Woman showcasing a tattoo of a writer quote

Photo credit: Litographs

If you want to give your writer something that lasts a little longer than a spritz of perfume — but not so long that it becomes a permanent life decision — shop from Litographs’ Literary Tattoo Collection.

These temporary tattoos include famous literary quotes such as Jane Eyre’s “I would always rather be happy than dignified” and William Shakespeare’s “This above all; to thine own self be true.”

14. T-shirt that features your (entire) favorite book

From a distance, designs on Litographs t-shirts represent a theme, character or setting from popular classics such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Great Gatsby and Little Women. But if you look closely, you’ll see the designs on each Litograph product are created from teeny tiny words — every word in the novel the design represents, in fact. Each T-shirt contains roughly 40,000 words! 

15. Desk lamp that doubles as an organizer

Desk lamp that keeps you organized and includes a USB charger

Photo credit: Amazon

The Write Life contributor Nicole Dieker called the Useful Tablet Organizer Desk Lamp “the best thing I bought for my office this year.”

It’s a low-cost, colorful lamp that includes outlets (two-prong and USB) so you can charge two devices simultaneously. It also has cubbyholes to store headphones, paperclips or anything else you want to keep organized.

16. Literary action figures

These action figures are a good reminder that writers are superheros, too.

Your writer could use these to add some personality to their home office or stage an elaborate battle when they should be revising.

Accoutrements has a line offering Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe.

17. “Writer” Bookends

What writer doesn’t love books?

Here’s a fun way to display them with “writer” bookends available on Etsy:

Bookends that say "writer" with books in between

Photo credit: KnobCreekMetalArts on Etsy

18. Card catalog notecard set

Give your writer a better way to keep plot lines and story ideas organized with this card catalog notecard set.

It’s way cooler than Post-It notes and packs a nice dose of nostalgia.

19. Writing-themed cookbooks

A good book can suck you into its world, inspiring you to see, hear, feel and taste the things it describes.

Help your writer enjoy the “taste” bit with cookbooks inspired by literary classics. Options range from the A Feast of Ice & Fire (Game of Thrones) to Dinner with Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice) to The Little House Cookbook (Little House on the Prairie).

20. Kindle Unlimited subscription

With Kindle Unlimited, your favorite reader can access over a million books, plus thousands of audiobooks, for a flat monthly fee.

If your writer already has a Kindle, this could be a good option!

21. Comfy pajamas

Every writer has days where showering and changing into “real” clothes takes a backseat to getting that draft finished. (For some of us, that’s most days.)

Why not give them a set of comfy pajamas that explains why they’re greeting the UPS driver disheveled at 3 in the afternoon? CafePress has lots of fun options.

22. Personalized embosser

Create custom stationery, give your party invitations an official flourish or ensure those who borrow your books remember to give them back.

A customized embosser allows you to stamp a raised seal with your name, address and more.

23. Edgar Allen Poe air freshener

Freshen up your car with some “Poe-pourri.” This Edgar Allen Poe air freshener is perfect for a self-proclaimed literary nerd.

Plus, according to reviews, it smells pretty good.

24. After-work glassware

Great Drinkers is a set of six shot glasses featuring well-known writers

Photo credit: Amazon

Write drunk, edit sober? Er…something like that.

This literary-themed shot glass set features the likes of Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, and more.

25. A Starbucks or Amazon gift card 

When you want to support a writer but you’re not sure what to get them, a gift card is a safe bet.

If you don’t know which books your writer has read already, give yourself a break — and make your writer happy at the same time — by giving them a gift-wrapped Amazon Gift Card. This one even says, “Happy reading” so they’ll know it’s for books.

You also can’t go wrong with credit to their favorite locally-owned cafe or a nationally-available shop like Starbucks.

26. Writer’s clock

Give your writer the gift of soft nudges and a bit of direction with this humorous writer’s clock where each hour is labeled with a task. 

Now when your writer aimlessly stares at the clock, they’ll be reminded to either “review” or “edit” something, or know it’s time to “drink heavily” and “cry.”

27. The Writer’s Toolbox 

Writers everywhere are familiar with the frustrations of writer’s block — that’s what makes this gift a perfect choice. 

Help the writer in your life cure theirs with this toolbox designed specifically to nourish creativity. It includes 60 exercises, as well as games, prompts and more that are sure to get stories across the finish line. 

The Writer Emergency Pack is another great gift for writers struggling with writer’s block.

28. A subscription to try different literary journals

Journal of the Month sends different print literary journals to subscribers on a regular basis. It’s an ideal gift for new writers eager to learn about the small magazine scene, emerging writers seeking a home for their writing, or experienced writers in need of fresh inspiration.

The price varies depending on how frequently your writer receives journals, and if they already subscribe to some, you can opt out of those.

29. A poster for keeping track of books they’ve read

Perfect for the voracious reader, the 100 Books Scratch-Off Poster lets your writer track progress as they read a variety of books ranging from classics to contemporary hits.

This is a fun challenge, a cool piece of art to hang in at home, and a #humblebrag, all in one.

30. Editing software

Give your writer a leg up and super clean copy with a grammar checker like Grammarly, ProWritingAid or AutoCrit.

They’ll keep your writer from making embarrassing grammar mistakes before submitting to magazines or literary agents, at a fraction of the price of a real-person editor. 

31. Writing-themed coasters

We love coasters as gifts because they’re both creative and practical.

Fun, colorful coasters based on vintage library book check out cards

Photo credit: Cheltenham Road on Amazon

Add some sparkle to your writer’s desk or living room, while giving them a place to put their coffee or tea mug (or tumbler of whiskey) with any of these cool coaster sets:

    • Typewriter coaster set
    • Jane Austen books coaster set
    • Library card coaster set
    • Pun book coaster set

32. Office supply storage

Help them keep their pens, Post-Its, and other supplies in order with a fun storage solution like this library book desk organizer or this Hemingway typewriter pencil cup.

Old typewriter that functions as a pen-holder, to sit on a desk

Photo credit: Amazon

33. A love book

If you love a writer, tell them how much you care in a language that will make them fall head over heels: a personalized Love Book. You can customize everything from the cover to the number of pages and choose from a wide selection of illustrations and text to make a book that’s unique to your love story.

The Write Life contributor Kelly Gurnett got one of these as a gift from her husband for their anniversary, and she wrote, “It was the best gift I think he’s ever given me.” Talk about a personal touch!

34. “Being a writer is easy” mug

Writing can be tough, stressful work. Make your writer laugh a little with this “Being a Writer Is Easy” mug.

Funny mug for writers that says being a writer is easy

Photo credit: IndigoPineMugs on Etsy

35. Book cover postcards

Sometimes you’ve gotta judge a book by its cover. Postcards from Penguin: One Hundred Book Covers in One Box pays tribute to the iconic Penguin paperback book covers and packs 100 of them into one (easy-to-wrap) box.

This gift also pays tribute to your recipient. Hopefully, they’ll be inspired to write 100 notes to loved ones or 100 very, very short stories.

36. Bananagrams

Writers tend to be word nerds who enjoy word games. But Scrabble feels…boring. So how about Bananagrams?

Bananagrams is an anagram game similar to Scrabble, but requires no pens, notepads or playing board. This makes it extremely easy to transport and play on-the-go.

Players race against each other to build a crossword grid off each others’ words. Perfect for a writer who loves a little competition!

Bananagrams is a game that's kind of like Scrabble, but easier to travel with

Image credit: Amazon

37. Reading is Sexy swag

For a great stocking stuffer that will make your writer smile, grab a Reading is Sexy bottle opener, mug, bumper sticker or button.

This Reading is Sexy bottle opener is yellow with black letters

Photo credit: Buy Olympia

38. Literary poster

Pop Chart is known for their beautifully designed infographic posters, and their literary themed posters are just the gift for a writer with blank wall space to fill.

Check out The Cocktail Chart of Film and Literature Poster, which is available as a framed or unframed print. The company describes it as a “catalog of 49 drinks culled from great works of film and literature, depicting everything from Philip Marlowe’s Gin Gimlet to Fredo Corleone’s Banana Daiquiri.”

We also love Women of Letters: A Literary Fiction Scratch-Off Chart, which showcases the work of more than 50 female fiction writers.

39. Things that smell like books

Any true book lover savors all aspects of the reading experience — the feel of a page between their fingers, watching as a cover slowly becomes dog-eared, and, of course, the smell of books.

(If you don’t know what books smell like, then you’ve been found out, because you are clearly not a book lover.)

Give your beloved book nerd the smell of their favorite thing. If they love reading by candlelight, try these Library Set candles with scents like “antique books” and “ancient scrolls.” If they enjoy a little cologne now and then, consider The Library of Fragrance’s Paperback cologne, which the company describes as “sweet and just a touch musty, a lot like Pym’s world come to think of it.”

40. Book-lover pillow

“Just one more chapter…”

Does your word nerd say this all the time? Especially when they should be sleeping?

Then this book pillow is the perfect way to get comfy in bed.

41. High-tech pen

Why use a regular pen when you can have a cool techy one?

This LED pen is ideal for late-night writing in the dark, like when you wake up at 3 a.m. with a great idea. Or invest in this Livescribe Smartpen, which saves notes and audio recordings directly to your computer.

42. A bathtub book caddy

A bathtub caddy that holds a book

Photo credit: Amazon

Help your favorite writer relax at the end of a long day with a hot, luxurious bubble bath, some candles and a favorite read, thanks to this bathtub book caddy.

It’s even got a spot to hold a glass of wine!

43. Bookish jewelry

Let your writer keep their favorite book close to the heart (or wrist or ears) with these pieces of literary jewelry made from real pages of popular novels like Treasure Island, Pride & Prejudice and Moby Dick.

44. Literary wine

If you’ve got a wine-drinker on your hands, they’ll get a kick out of these Writer’s Block wines. You can choose from Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and more.

45. Cocktails with a literary twist

Tequila Mockingbird is a book of cocktails with a literary twist

Looking for the perfect drink pairing for your writer to take to book club or enjoy during quiet evening hours curled up with the classics? They’ll love Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist.

This fun mixology book contains 65 literary-inspired drink recipes like The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose and Vermouth the Bell Tolls.

It’s also full of clever illustrations and commentary, bar snack recipes and drinking game ideas.

46. Funny tote bag

Is your writer a grammar geek?

Try this tote bag from CafePress that says, “I’m silently correcting your grammar.”

47. Write like a motherf%#$*er mug

Inspired by a Dear Sugar column written by Cheryl Strayed to a young, aspiring writer, The Rumpus Mug is an anthem for all writers, no matter what their specialty, genre or level of experience.

It’s a good reminder to go along with your morning coffee.

48. Scrabble magnets

Here’s an oldie but goodie: Scrabble magnetic refrigerator tiles. We like the vintage wood look, too.

If that special writer in your life is a huge Scrabble fan, you might also throw in the Scrabble tile mug or Scrabble board dish towel.

49. Out of print t-shirt, sweatshirt or tote bag

Some writer nerd clothing can be downright — well, nerdy. Out of Print tees, hoodies and totes, which feature the covers of iconic and often (you guessed it) out of print books, buck the norm and are actually fashionable.

Plus these gifts do good; for every item they sell, Out of Print donates a book to Books for Africa to help a community that doesn’t have easy access to books.

50. Literary insults chart

We love Uncommon Goods’ description of this product: “Relish the caustic creativity of this collection of zingers from great authors.”

The Literary Insults Chart includes some splashes of color, so it makes great wall art… and shows off your writer’s personality, too.

We updated the post so it’s more useful for our readers. Nicole Dieker, Kelly Gurnett, Jessica Lawlor, Meryl Williams and Betsy Mikel contributed to this article.

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10 of the Best Poems about the Lavatory

The Oxford Book of Scatological Poems is yet to be compiled; how much of a market there’d be for it, in any case, remains a matter of doubt. Nevertheless, it’s true that poems aren’t always about roses and beauty; sometimes they’re about poo. Below we’ve gathered together ten of the […]

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