This week we're writing about gifts for writers.  Here are the things on my wishlist:

1.  A Writing Retreat:  As much as I enjoy writing from my comfy spot on the couch, I always get energized by writing from somewhere new.  This could be as extravagant as spending a weekend at a remote location, or as simple as an afternoon in a coffee shop with my laptop. 

2. A Writing Conference:  My gift in December 2009 changed my writing life.  That was the year my real life love interest treated me to my first writing conference in Monterey, CA.  That weekend I met the Muses and my writing made the leap from a hobby to a profession.  Conferences can be expensive, but SCBWI has regional conferences that are close to most writers and much more cost effective.  Connecting with other writers and publishing professionals provides a wonderful sense of community in an otherwise solitary endeavor. And I always come away with something I can use to improve my own writing.

3.  Chocolate:  You can't go wrong with chocolate.  Did you know they have Texas themed chocolate?  I'm just saying. 

4.  A New Purse:  One large enough to fit my netbook and ipad, but small enough so it doesn't look like a suitcase.  Okay, maybe this one is just me. 

5.  A Standing Pre-Order of 2012 Debuts:  Yes, I'm biased, but I've been lucky enough to read a few advance copies of some of the Apocalypsies' debut novels, and there are a lot of amazing books coming out in the next year.  I want them all, but I'll start with CINDER, FRACTURE, SLIDE, EVERNEATH, and I can't wait to get my hands on my very own copy of UNDER THE NEVER SKY.

6.  A Complete First Draft:  I wish it were as easy of unwrapping a box and pulling out a complete first draft.  I know the only way I'm getting this gift is if I buckle down and write.  But that doesn't mean I won't enjoy the moment when I type the last line of my new novel.  I know I'll have lots of people to thank for supporting me through it.  And, whether it's your first or your fifteenth novel, I hope you all get to enjoy that moment this year too.

What to you want to find in your stocking this year?

And don't forget to leave a comment so you can win a signed ARC of GILT!!!  I promise not to hand deliver it so that I can read it over your shoulder.  Because that would be creepy.

But I am tempted...  


I've been enjoying the wish lists all week and mulling over my own and have discovered that more than an Ipad, I'd really like to have a dinner with my husband at some place gourmet, yet cheesy, like Roy's Hawaiian Fusion. I can't think of anything more inspiring than sitting across the table from my spouse and talking writing, his, mine, what we're reading, over cocktails with flames coming out of them and vertical coconut shrimp. I hope it will happen as, like the rest of the country, we're busy. Thanks for helping me figure it out! Now if I can just remember to tell him...

Amen to the conferences and retreats in my letter to Santa.

And I love PB's comment above - how sweet!

There are so many 2012 debuts that I'm itching to get my hands on. It's going to break the bank.

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