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!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
  • The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
  • The Murder Stone (A Rule Against Murder) by Louise Penny
  • Emily's Quest by L.M.Montgomery
  • Emily Climbs by L.M.Montgomery
  • Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
  • A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French
  • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J.R.R. Tolkien (expanded edition; reread of some)
  • Married by Midnight by Talli Roland
  • Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  • The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny
  • Dead Cold by Louise Penny
  • The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison
  • Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
  • The Magician by Somerset Maugham
  • Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (annual reread)
  • The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving (skimmed last third)
  • A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak
  • Fatal Fallout by Lara Lacombe
  • secret beta read!
  • The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
  • Deadly Contact by Lara Lacombe
  • Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  • The Floating Admiral by the Detection Club, including Christie, Sayers, Chesterton, etc.
  • Brief Lives, Sandman 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • Liza of Lambeth by Somerset Maugham
  • The Mapmaker's Daughter by Laurel Corona (I give up on finishing this; skimmed to the end)
  • Childe Harold by Lord Byron (listened to the parts of it set in Switzerland read aloud)
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • My Dancing Bear by Helene de Klerk
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
  • Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery
  • Tu Vas Naitre by Sylvia Kitzinger
  • Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
  • secret beta read 2!
  • Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay
  • The Caliph's Vacation by Goscinny (Iznogoud series; Canadian translation) (reread)
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
  • Le Tresor de Rackham le Rouge by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • L'Affaire Tournesol by Herge (Tintin series) (reread)
  • The Bum by Somerset Maugham (short story)
  • The Colour of Magic, Discworld 1 by Terry Pratchett
  • Fables and Reflections Sandman 6 by Neil Gaiman
  • Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party by Graham Greene
  • Once Upon an Heirloom by Kait Nolan (novella)
  • The No-Kids Club by Talli Roland
  • Snip, Snip Revenge by Medeia Sharif
  • Journey to an 800 Number by E. L. Konigsburg
  • various Neil Gaiman short stories on the An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer album (reread (well, this time in audio))
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (reread; actually this was an older edition, published under the original title of Ten Little N******)
  • Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay
  • How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern
  • biographical note on Lord Peter Wimsey in reissue of Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers (on Gutenberg)
  • One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
  • Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  • Temptation by Sandy Loyd
  • The Incorrigible Mr. Lumley by Aileen Fish
  • Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp
  • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  • The Christmas Crossing by Bev Petterson (short story)
  • secret beta read!
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie
  • Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
  • Emil In the Soup Tureen by Astrid Lindgren
  • Whales by Jacques Cousteau (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Tutankhamen's Tomb by Howard Carter (excerpt essay from his book)
  • Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
  • Go the F*^$ To Sleep (board book)
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (reread) (brought to you by Neil Gaiman: http://www.worldbuilders.org/our-next-stretch-goal-unlocks-at/neil-gaiman-reads-green-eggs-and-ham)
  • The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
  • mini Twitter stories by Talli Roland (available here: http://advice.uk.match.com/dating-advice/enjoy-valentine%E2%80%99s-day-and-get-mentallydating?utm_expid=55691082-15.2L0G0ictTcSJ4BI9Srh77A.0&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fadvice.uk.match.com%2Fdating-advice)
  • The Book of Jane by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada The Wonders of Winter
  • Beloved Demons by Anthony Martignetti
  • Hands-on Therapy by T L Watson
  • Let Me Make Myself Plain by Catherine Cookson
  • The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham
  • Mystery of the Fat Cat by Frank Bonham
  • Spin by Catherine Mckenzie
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen (reread)
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • The Ghost in the Window by Betty Ren Wright
  • The Progress of Love by Alice Munro
  • The Treason of Isengard - Book 7 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Behind the Lines (poems) by A. A. Milne
  • the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (reread)
  • Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother's Soul
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • 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
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html