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Thursday, February 14, 2013

10 Writerly Things to Love by Kristen Crowley Held

In honor of Valentine's Day,
a list of ten things that make my writer's heart go pitty-pat:

1. Up by Jawbone

You can track your sleep, activity, food and drink with this wristband plus app, but what I love about it is that it wakes me with a gentle buzz so I can get up and at my computer at the crack of dawn (or before) without disturbing my husband or my easily awakened small children.

2. Monday Coffee: Birdcage Tumbler 

Okay, I actually use it for tea, but this mug rocks! Thermal insulated, shatterproof, it holds eighteen ounces, is microwave and top dishwasher safe and it has a lid. What's not to love?

  3. Harney & Sons English Breakfast Tea Sachets

These "silken sachets" are faster and easier to use than loose leaf tea so I can get my caffeine on and get to writing ASAP.

4. Silicone Keyboard Cover

Fun and functional! Liven up your laptop and protect your keyboard from spills and toddler goo. Need I say more?

Knit mitts by Pia Barile (not my sis).

5. Arm Warmers

For some reason my office is the coldest room in the house, so my loving sis knitted some fabulous arm warmers to help keep my fingers flying despite the chill. If there's no accommodating knitter in your life, get thee to Etsy (the mitts pictured to the left are available from Pia Barile's shop).

6. Scrivener

The tagline says it all, "Outline. Edit. Storyboard. Write." And you don't even have to be a Mac user anymore to take advantage of this fabulous software program. If you're both meticulous and fragmented, like me, you'll love Scrivener too.


7. The Synonym Finder by J.I. Rodale

This corpulent tome never fails to assuage my polydipsia for a superlative word. Use it to add some pulchritude to your magnum opus, or even an opuscule.

8. The JuJuBe GigaBe Laptop bag

I discovered JuJuBe back in my diaper bag days and while I don't miss the diapers I did miss my tough, thoughtfully designed bag. So imagine my joy when I discovered they now make laptop bags! There are a number of patterns to choose from, as well as black and brown earth leather versions. There's also a smaller version called the MicraBe. Trust me, you'll love these "super smart bags."

9. Laplander Lap Desk

This lovely lap desk has a large surface area, elastic straps to keep your pens, notebook, cord, etc. from slipping, and the pillow detaches so you can easily pack it for travel.

10. Dropbox

"Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website." Back up your writing files, share your manuscript with your critique group, or access your files from another device. And even if every electronic device you own dies, your files are safe!

There you have it! Ten things I'll be loving on Valentine's Day morning when I tackle my WIP yet again. How about you? What would you put on your list of writerly things to love?


  1. Retreats, Monkeys, Burt's Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm and being able to breathe through my nose. I also love several of your suggestions.And I saw that JuJuBe box at your house so I know you got something awesome for V-day! Love you like perfume!

    1. I did get something awesome! A HoboBe to match my GigaBe :). LYLP!

  2. Coca-Cola Classic, espresso, Kettle Chips (Yeah sure even the "Striped" ones Hank likes), Big Slippers that look like basketball shoes, skull candy ear buds, Hanes sweatpants and squirrels outside for Smittens to watch. Oh yeah, what DID you get for Valentine's Day?

    1. Squirrels, Sula and writing are not a good combo :P. Coke and Kettle Chips on the other hand...
      (See above on the mysterious JuJuBe box).

  3. I love your list, Kristen. Some of my favorite things are breakfast/bed table for my laptop (when I write in my bedroom), Alphasmart, Pandora, Dr. Wicked, Starbucks on Saturday mornings, a loaded Starbucks card, portable keyboard for my iPhone, Monkeys...I'm hearing Julie Andrews voice now...

    1. Marilyn, I can't believe I forgot to include my Alphasmart! I'm with you on the rest, too :).