Sunday, 16 December 2012

Wish List!

What gifts are you hoping to receive this year?

No one has actually asked me, and those who have, are family members and friends whom I feel guilty sending on what - to them - might be feel like wild goose chases. Easiest to ask for stuff for the house (who doesn't love new towels?).

There are a handful of items that I really, really want, however:

Miss Lupescu, Banana Peel in a Graveyard, or The Owens' Tomb perfume oil blends from the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Yes, all inspired by Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book.


A Tolkien Society membership. Yes, really. Can you believe I'm not a member? At first it was because teenage-me couldn't afford it. Now I'm not sure what the excuse is. It's about time! I've got tickets for The Hobbit tomorrow. No spoilers in the comments, please!

 

Lush stuff, such as a Space Girl bath bomb and Big Shampoo. I'm not much of a bath person, but I love the feel and the smell of (most) Lush products.


Mugs and coffee from TimPeaks, which was (sort-of) started by Tim Burgess of the Charlatans.


A subscription to the Sunday New York Times. This is also a money thing. Hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for delivery to Montreal. Couldn't they arrange with a local printer and cut down on costs?


I'm trying to think if I can come up with a gift idea that doesn't relate to writing in any way. Perhaps these gorgeous stamps:



Especially as the editing is going rather slowly (in this, the last week of #ROW80). Why is drafting so easy, and full of such frenzy, and editing such a slog? All of our accountability groups and NaNo-type drives seem to relate to writing. And NaNoEdMo is not until March. I suppose I could use the holidays as an excuse and do nothing but read (and knit, and eat, and sleep in, and so on). I feel guilty somehow.

One gift that I wanted I got for myself, as it was on sale - about 5$!


How do you manage to stay focused? Unless you have holiday plans, of course!

17 comments:

J.L. Murphey said...

For me, I ask for gift cards. Easy to ship in an envelop.

Deniz Bevan said...

Great idea, Jo!

I'm coming back to reply to everyone in previous posts, I swear! Just have a busy family weekend - and trying to avoid spoilers for The Hobbit as much as possible, until I see it tomorrow!

E.J. Wesley said...

Hope you enjoy the Hobbit Deniz. I loved it! :-) And I'm not a member of TTS either, but might have remedy that soon.

Paula Martin said...

I'm not sure why links to your blog are appearing at the bottom of my blog page, especially as I do not know you. I don't know if this is some kind of blogger glitch, but would be grateful if you would investigate why this is happening.

Denise Covey said...

Hi Deniz. You think big my girl. I read the NYTimes on my phone but it isn't quite the same is it? The local library also holds the print version but always a bit behind the times. Ah, well, we can't all live in NY, but you aren't that far away. I wouldn't have thought it'd make much difference!!
Enjoy The Hobbit!! You will, I know.
How do I stay focused? I'm editing my romance and hope to sub it in January. I've made a spare bedroom into an office and write religiously from 7 - 10 every morning. After that, I'm everybody's!

Happy Christmas, Deniz. Thank you for so many meaty posts through the year.

Denise

Trisha said...

I never really worry about what other people are going to give me these days, 'cause I'm more used to planning my own spending. ;) So I guess whatever I get at Christmas is a nice surprise.

Steph said...

What a creative wish list! Fun! My gang will be going to dinner and The Hobbit between Christmas and New Year's. It a family tradition to take the kids out during the holidays. Hope you enjoyed it. All the best with your writing this week and into the New Year.

S.P. Bowers said...

Focused? Not so much. Or at all. Hmm, writing? I think I did that once.

featherpenstartandreams said...

I'm having trouble staying focused this December. I've been working on the 2013 goals list and that's slowly getting me back into the mindset.

I love your gift ideas, very eclectic. ;)

I also wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the 2012 Blog of the year award! Details will be on my blog tomorrow. Thanks for all the hard work you put into your posts.

Melanie

www.featherpenstartandreams.wordpress.com

Lara said...

The bath stuff looks awesome!

My focus has been rather absent lately, but I'm hoping to get back on track this week! Wish me luck!

Jeff Hargett said...

Hope to read your take on The Hobbit soon. :-)

Susan Fields said...

I love your list - I hope you get some of those special items!

Deniz Bevan said...

Me too, E. J. I think this is the year I finally get around to it!

Sorry, Paula, no idea. I;ll check though.

I would have thought so too, Denise. Though if I wasn't lazy, I can go to the store and pick up a copy - for 12$ every Sunday!
Love morning writing!

Surprises are great too, Trisha!

Hope you enjoy the movie, Steph!

Argh, I know how you feel, Sara. This week especially has really derailed me, but I hope I can at least get around to the November and December Xs.

Ooh, thank you, Melanie!!

It smells yummy, Lara!

I think I'll be posting on Sunday, Jeff...

Thank you, Susan :-)

alberta ross said...

Just reading graveyard book at the moment - I have been reading Tolkein since the Fellowship was written and I don't belong to anything:( the list was interesting I hope you get something from it - enjoy the film and all best for festivites and new Year

Deniz Bevan said...

Isn't Gaiman awesome, alberta?

Medeia Sharif said...

I love how specific you are with your list. I love bath items. Some of them feel so luxurious.

Deniz Bevan said...

I'm not usually one for baths, Medeia. But I keep trying to recreate the bath scene in the fourth Harry Potter book. I want bubbles that last!

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  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
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  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
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