Last Minute Literary-Inspired Christmas Gifts

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You’re scrambling to figure out the perfect gifts for your literary-loving family and friends. You realize it’s less than two weeks until Christmas, and if you want to order something, you better get it done!

If the above is true, you’re in the same boat as me.

So, I made a list of a few literary-inspired gifts on Amazon. I chose Amazon because if you have Prime, you’re almost guaranteed the item will arrive before Christmas. If you ordered from Etsy (another great site to search for awesome things) the item probably wouldn’t arrive until after Christmas.

In my short list (it’s short because I’m busy with Christmas festivities!), I included a few traditional reader gifts and a few that I can (almost) guarantee are strange enough none of your reader friends and family have!

The Book Dragon Mug

book dragon mug by the coffee corner

I first heard this statement a few years ago, and fell in love! I always hated being called a bookworm! You may even notice I mention this statement in my author bio (though admittedly few people understand it until I explain it).

This adorable mug is perfect for fierce readers.

It can be purchased here.

Literary Tea

So, you have the mug picked out. But what about teas to fill it?

I admit I haven’t tried the teas below, but I have heard of them and they come recommended by fellow readers and enthusiasts!

Typically, I recommend Literary Tea Co., and you can see if they will ship and arrive before Christmas. Since I don’t know for sure, here is another option which will arrive in time.

Bag Ladies Teas

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This is a picture of the highest rated tea from the Bag Ladies Tea on Amazon. They actually have many different types!

I only recently stumbled across this brand, but have heard good things about them for the most part. They’re more eclectic than the tea company I mentioned above (as you can guess from the name), but they have teas for all kinds of occasions. 

You can search all their different kinds of tea here.

Not tea, but has to do with tea and books:

The Book Lover’s Cup of Tea

the book lover's cup of tea

This adorable, little set from Running Press is a book-shaped tea infuser!

It doesn’t come with tea, but it does come with the infuser and a little booklet on how to make the perfect cup of tea and many other things related to tea and books.

At under $10 it would also make a great White Elephant gift if there’s a spending cap.

You can purchase it here.

Eclectic and Humorous Gifts

Perhaps you need that gift for a friend who has everything literary-themed imaginable. Don’t worry! I searched the web to find the most eccentric (yet funny) literary gifts with a twist.

Literary Chickens  

Iliterary chickens book.jpgIf you’ve ever felt a need to combine chickens with your favorite literary quotes and passages, this is the book for you (or your friend).

It’s also pretty new having been released in October, so there’s a good chance even the most enthusiastic literary collector won’t have it yet.

You can purchase it here. 

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

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And last but not least, the gift I might have to break down and buy for myself.

What else do I need to say other than it’s Star Wars with William Shakespeare?! Who doesn’t want to read that?

With seven books in the series, each book contains one of the beloved Lucas films rewritten into “Elizabethan” verse.

You can purchase it here. 

Hopefully, these ideas will make your Christmas shopping easier (or at least make you chuckle)!

Alexa M.

My Unintentional 10 Month Writing Break: When Life Didn’t Go As Planned

the unintentional 10 month break from writing

This is the short version of how I lost my memory for the majority of 2018. (Yes, you read that right.)

I’ve taken fewer than half a dozen breaks from my writing during my (almost) nine-year career, primarily because they annoyed me. I’m the kind of person who can’t sit still through a TV show without my laptop, much less setting aside my stories for days. Writing is therapeutic for me, especially during the last few years when I struggled with increased anxiety and depression. Leaving it for an extended period of time was the last thing I wanted to do.

I think I’ve mentioned this, but three years ago I dropped out of college because the anxiety hit me out of nowhere. I’m a worrier by nature, but the anxiety crippled me. I wrote about my experiences in this post from 2017 if you’re curious, and it explains most of what I went through so I won’t repeat myself here (and it’s actually by far my most popular post to date).

I also have another post I’ll probably put out next month (and will link here) detailing my journey and the crap I went through with inept doctors, but the long story short is I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Disease in February or March 2018. It’s essentially hypothyroidism and was the cause of my increased anxiety. The depression wasn’t caused by it (and is another long story for another day about the “happy hormones”).

That diagnosis changed things for the rest of my life.

I’ll never again get to eat junk food without my thyroid acting out and making inflammation take over my body. I’ll take meds for a long time (maybe forever). I watch what I do, my hormones, weight, and a list that feels longer than my arm. I always feel tired.

I’m not trying to complain. I could have had something much worse.

You’re probably asking, but what about the memory issues?

If you’ve ever taken strong medication for a hormonal imbalance or disorder, you might be familiar with the side effect of temporary memory loss or at the least brain fog. My thyroid was so underactive that the medication caused it to become like a rollercoaster bouncing wherever it pleased.

And boy, did I have some unexpected (and embarrassing) side effects from that!

Anyway, words flew out of my head faster than you can lose your car keys. I forget appointments, names, even short-term memories. I’m the kind of person who used to never even use outlines for her stories, so memory wasn’t a big problem for me. If anything, I remembered too much because of my anxiety. I went from serious and always on top of things to a bit of an airhead. Best I can tell, I had a case of Temporary Dementia brought on my all the changes my body dealt with.

When all my characters names became “BLANK,” my pacing and scenes fell apart, plot disappeared and my energy disappeared, I realized I had to step away. It was unexpected, so I didn’t give my readers a heads up about my absence (Sorry, loyal blog readers! I didn’t abandon you on purpose!).

A few times this year I had good weeks and tried to catch up. I posted back in May and August, but in September regressed because I negatively reacted to new meds.

I pray I improve with each passing day. It’s a struggle, but I hope I can return to entertaining you lovely readers with my sarcastic and wordy posts soon.  In the meantime, I hope you’ll cut me a little slack because I still misspell words or use the wrong words because of hiccups in my memory. Many common writing rules I used to know aren’t in my head anymore and I have to relearn as well as brush off my rusty writing skills after all these months. In this post alone my editor caught three simple mistakes I should never have missed!

Thank you for your understanding during all of this, and I hope to make 2019 one of my best writing years to date if prayers and life work out!

So, now that I’m coming back to this blog, is there anything you’d like to see me write about on here? What writing (or reading) problems are you facing that you’d like me to talk about?

Alexa M.