13 November 2008

all actions great and small


Isn't this a splendid idea? Of course I believe in giving books for the holdiays, being a book junkie and a librarian and all. Choosing a book for someone else lets you focus on that person - what she likes, what she needs, what she dreams about - and erases some of the stress that accumulates in the holidays season. Click over to their website for some book suggestions, check out your friends' Amazon wishlists, and connect with a meaningful gift for a loved one.

Of course, you know I also support Heifer International and other organizations, but I'll write about them another time.

What does a fatigued and fried librarian do on her lunch hour? If she's stupid me, she drives to Barnes & Noble for tea, a blueberry scone, and anonymity. (Especially anonymity.) I'm happy to say that I overcame two NaNoWriMo hurdles: I wrote 3 pages despite having left my real NaNoNotebook at home, and I used a plain ol' ballpoint pen in the generic notebook I grabbed from my car. I tend to obsess about tools. It's good to know I can function without the perfect tools. At least once in awhile.

10 comments:

KSD said...

A plain pen? A plain notebook? Wait --- I'm feeling sort of dizzy. . .


;)

Stephanie said...

You must have been channeling MacGuyver. :)

KnitNana said...

So do you ever use the Cahiers version of the Moleskine? I was looking at those last night at B&N.
Books for gifting? ALWAYS!

Glad you got away for a bit...those breathers are lifesavers.
(((Hugs)))

Donna Lee said...

Books always show up as gifts in my house. I feel it's my duty to aid and abet the reading habits of everyone in my life.

Paula said...

I just bought a bunch of books for gifts and a moleskine!
Books are always my favorite gift to give!
Oooh blueberry scone at B&N!

Nicole said...

Oh man, I hear you on the tools! I hate using just any old thing for my writing, but the "right" pen changes by the day... or sometimes just by the project...

Carrie K said...

I'm on the fence about buying books for others.

Generic? ballpoint? And you were able to churn out 3 pages? You are a amazing.

Booklogged said...

I wonder if I first learned about Heifer from you? If so, thank-you. My mother suggested last year at Christmas that we don't give her gifts anymore (she's 86) but do charitable things instead. So for her birthday I gave a family a flock of geese. Mom was thrilled with my present. It's a wonderful organization.

Penny said...

our default gifts are always books, but we might have to limit receipt thereof this year as there is no open shelf space. it doesn't mean we won't give any but i think i might have to either work really hard on selling a new bookcase or (gasp) look into storage. i am unable to cull. even when i own two exactly similar copies. you should really *linkage* your wish list somewhere easy to find. ;)

adrienne said...

Are you writing this all by hand? I applaud you!! I write down notes, ideas, characters etc., but the actual novel is on computer paper, if you know what I mean :) I am still somewhat lacking a plot, but just passed 21k, and it's 1am Tuesday, 18 Nov.
hugs,
-pix