My Top 5 Holiday Gift Suggestions

It’s hard to believe, Thanksgiving, one of the most favored holidays of the year, is five days away. Unfortunately, like everything else, the holiday has changed and overshadowed by Black Friday or as I prefer to call it – madness.

Thanksgiving used to be a time for giving thanks, enjoying good food, and spending time with family and friends. Now, it’s become a time to eat and run. Personally, I long for the good old days, and I don’t think I’m alone. Just this week a saw a commercial from (Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods) and given the last few years, it’s not what you would expect.  Check out, Bring Back the Holidays, it will warm your heart.

The holidays don’t have to be a prelude to madness. With the internet, we can simplify things and shop from home – online. To make it even easier, for those of you who have a writer on your list, I have a few gift suggestions.

Sheila’s Holiday Gift Suggestions:

1- Subscriptions to favorite magazines are always a great gift. Check out some of my favorite ones from last year.

2- Software programs or a year subscription. Scrivener, ProWritingAid, Grammarly, AutoCrit, or Ginger are a few of my favorites.

3- Memberships to courses or writing resources, like One Stop for Writers, or a gift certificate for a writing course.

4-Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition, 2016.

5- A gift that doesn’t coast a dime. Time with those you love.

Gift Links you might like:

My wish to each of you is a happy and safe Thanksgiving Day.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Join the conversation. Talk to me or tell me your story. I’m all ears.

Source: My Top 5 Gift Subscriptions For Every Writer

Well, Hells Bells

well_hells_bells_throw_pillow  If you’ve noticed I haven’t been as active in the Cow Pasture the last few weeks and the only excuse I can give you is, it’s been one heck of a month.

October arrived and  my muse took a hike.  Halloween brought enough candy to put my whole street in a sugar coma. And, right before I spent three straight days cooking a Thanksgiving meal, for twenty plus people, I broke my toe. IMG_1138

I gotta tell you, lugging around a big black orthopedic boot is a pain (no pun intended). It’ll throw your hip outta whack in a skinny minute! Not to mention screw with your holiday attire. There’s just no way to look sexy wearing a one-legged,  open-toed, platform, orthopedic, boot.

This time of year brings no rest for the wicked, infirmed, or plain ole’ tired and writing always takes a hit. Whoever decided to have #NaNoWriMo during the month of November, is as crazy as the people camping out for 12 hours, in the cold, at Toys r’ Us on Black Thursday.  I mean, really? images-14

For the record, I didn’t take part in the Black Thursday-Friday madness. Limping around in an orthopedic boot in a mass of crazed shoppers was as appealing as water torture.

Something’s gotta be wrong with people leaving a table spread with goodies to join a bunch of crazy shoppers.  What’s wrong with staying home, lingering at the table (with a glass of wine or two) and engaging in conversation with each other? There’s a novel thought.

Of course, I’ll admit it’s easy for me to say this year; I’m ahead of the curve. Every last Christmas present is purchased and ready to go under the tree.  Ebates and Amazon are my new best friends. As they say, every cloud has a silver lining. In this case, a broken toe leads to online shopping. I may never step foot into a store, again. But, seriously can’t we slow down this speeding train of time and just talk?  The world might be a better place if we did.

But, who am I kidding? The art of conversation has gone out the window with bell bottom jeans and hippy hair. Talking? What’s that? 

Speaking of which, I sent my daughter a lovely message the other night (yeah, via text). Conversing is too taxing for her. The holidays sometimes put me in a reflective mood. So, I sent her a note expressing my love and pride for all she’s accomplished.

Her response? “Is this a suicide text? Well, it’s rude to send a suicide letter via text. Handwritten is preferred.”

The world has gone crazy, indeed.

Perhaps, the best I can do this year is to be thankful for the little things in life – a good laugh, orthopedic boots, and my iPhone.


I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me. Tell me your story. And as always, you can follow me on Facebook at SheilaMGood, PinterestBloglovinTwitter@sheilagood, and Contently.