Zoetic Holiday Gift Guide – Part 4

Zoetic Holiday Gift Guide – Part 4

Here at Zoetic Press, we’re just like everyone else: we have to buy holiday gifts for our loved ones. And just like everyone else, we aim to help you, our audience, in what can often be a difficult process. As such, we’ll be offering our holiday gift guide throughout the month, and we hope that it will take some pressure off of your already heavy shoulders!

Today’s list was beautifully curated by Diane Glazman:

(Under $50)

Whether it’s tea, coffee, hot chocolate or something stronger, every writer needs a mug.

Writer’s Cabal Word Mug — “Every day with word count is a good day”

“Keep Calm and Carry on Revising” Mug

First Drafts Mousepad 

Circa Starter Kit — a bit more on the practical side, but I love my Circa notebooks. They combine the best of a 3-ring binder and spiral notebook and are infinitely customizable. Plus, there are accessories galore, which, for any office product obsessed writer, is a dream come true.

I’m a confirmed tea drinker, so I’m always looking for cute tea infusers. Here are a couple of new ones to add to my collection:

“Pipe” tea infuser 

Umbrella tea infuser 

 

($50 – $100)

Fountain pens! I’ve owned 2 Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pens for years and love them. They’re very comfortable, the nibs are fantastic and available in extra fine. Plus, the Pilot Iroshizuku inks come in several beautiful shades.

For the writer on the go, a wooden travel desk.

Levenger’s Bomber Messenger Bag : This is actually on my own wish list. I am always looking for the perfect bag, and this is definitely one I’d love to own.

If you’re looking for the ultimate gift for a steampunk-loving writer, look no further than anything created by Datamancer , such as this keyboard.

Zoetic Holiday Gift Guide, Part 3

Zoetic Holiday Gift Guide, Part 3

Here at Zoetic Press, we’re just like everyone else: we have to buy holiday gifts for our loved ones. And just like everyone else, we aim to help you, our audience, in what can often be a difficult process. As such, we’ll be offering our holiday gift guide throughout the month, and we hope that it will take some pressure off of your already heavy shoulders!

Today’s list was beautifully curated by Andrea Blythe:

My dorkiness shines through when it comes to gift giving, as it does with everything else. I adore things that are simultaneously a little bit useful, a little bit silly. So, here are a few such ideas for the writers and readers in your life. 

Clicky Cube
I am a fidgeter, and the Clicky Cube is touted as the “Ultimate Stress Relief Fidget Cube.” The tiny cube is small enough to fit in your pocket and provides a number of features — including a rotating dial, a “dice” side with fives buttons that click audibly or silently, a trio of tactical gears with a clickable ball and socket, a joystick, and a classic toggler — for any and all of a fidgeter’s needs.

Aqua Notes
Ideas always seem to come at the worst times — on the freeway while driving 70 mph or in the shower or some other place where it might be inconvenient to get the words jotted down. For those shower thinkers, Aqua Notes provides a water proof notepad so that you can write down your best ideas before they’re washed away (pun totally intended).

The Writer’s Toolbox
The Writer’s Toolbox presents a series of games and exercises designed to help writers with charging up their creativity and finding inspiration. The kit includes exercise sticks to kickstart stories ideas, inspiration cards to get some creative descriptions going, and spinner palettes to produce unexpected plot twists. 

Book Scarf – Inscribed with “The Raven”
As someone who has long loved Edgar Allan Poe’s work, I’ve been coveting this infinity scarf with the text of his most famous poem, “The Raven,” printed across the cloth. Is “The Raven” not to your liking? No worries. Storiarts has dozens of other scarves to choose from — everything from A Tale of Two Cities to Anne of Green Gables to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Writers Tears Whiskey
For every writer that sips or shoots whiskey as a balm for their literary suffering, there’s Writers Tears Whiskey. Pour a glass and drink the writer’s block away.

Zoetic Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2

Here at Zoetic Press, we’re just like everyone else: we have to buy holiday gifts for our loved ones. And just like everyone else, we aim to help you, our audience, in what can often be a difficult process. As such, we’ll be offering our holiday gift guide throughout the month, and we hope that it will take some pressure off of your already heavy shoulders!

Today’s list was lovingly curated by Kolleen Carney:

If you’re anything like me, you have about twenty-eight cents to work with this holiday season, but you aren’t above maxing out at least one credit card to make your family or friends happy. Here, I present to you my holiday guide for people with no money:

  1. Horror Movie a Day: The Book: For six years, Brian Collins watched a different horror movie each day. Here, he has hand-picked 365 suggestions, should you or your favorite horror fan want to delve into such a challenge. The print version is massive and makes a great bathroom book, but for those e-book aficionados, the Kindle version is FREE until Saturday, 12/10. (Price range: Free- $25)
  2. All You Need is Pug: Does your pug need an aviator scarf? Off course it does. Everything in this shop is handmade and guaranteed to have your favorite pup looking stylish while staying warm. (Price range: up to $75)
  3. Witch City Wicks Candles: These soy candles are hand-crafted in Salem, MA, and have the best scents. I suggest checking out Christmas Mourning or Black Christmas, my two personal favorites. (Up to $40, from what I can see; all collections are different).
  4. Paperback Paradise Postcards: These are hilarious. Who doesn’t want a set of postcards with vintage book art and clever new titles, such as “Piece of Shit Birds”? These have NSFW language, so it may be more appropriate for your snarkier friends than, say, your nana. ($4)
  5. Write Like a MFer Mug: Look, I am sorry, I have a foul mouth, ok? I can’t help it! I love this mug from the Rumpus, but if you are more polite than I am, they have a Dear Sugar mug with no swears on it. ($15)

Happy holidays, everyone!

Zoetic Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1

Zoetic Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1

 

Here at Zoetic Press, we’re just like everyone else: we have to buy holiday gifts for our loved ones. And just like everyone else, we aim to help you, our audience, in what can often be a difficult process. As such, we’ll be offering our holiday gift guide throughout the month, and we hope that it will take some pressure off of your already heavy shoulders!

Today’s list was lovingly curated by Lise Quintana:

You wave a hand in the air, and a flight attendant hands you another glass of champagne and a china bowl of warm spiced cashews. Looking out the window, you see the tiny tropical island below get bigger until it fills your field of vision. As your plane comes in for a landing, you can see a handsome, dark-skinned man in a pristine white suit waving and smiling. If you listen closely, you might hear an accented voice shouting “The plane! The plane!”

That’s right. You’re on Fantasy Island, where you have an unlimited amount of money, so the big worries like making rent, health insurance, etc., are already taken care of. Now you’re down to the little things – what would make your writing life a teeny bit better? Money is no object! What would be amazing? Here is my holiday gift list of things that, if you happen to have a rich uncle you’ve never met who suddenly passes away leaving you zillions of dollars, you might buy the writer in your life.

  1. Noise canceling headphones

Whether you suffer from misophonia (where you can’t stand the sound of people chewing) or are just easily distracted and need to buckle down, a good set of noise-canceling headphones is indispensable. Block out everything but your writing soundtrack or your favorite audiobook.

Pro tip: Want to ensure you can’t hear anything you don’t want to? Combine your headphones with high-quality ear plugs and turn up the music.

  1. Smartpen

You’re on the train or bus on your way to work, but you have a fantastic idea for story. Maybe you’re in a meeting and you’re the one who has to take notes for the group. A smartpen allows you to take notes that are automatically translated to .pdf, and if you have Evernote, you can store your .pdfs so you can access them from any device.

Pro tip: Want to be able to finish writing that story on your computer after you’ve started it on the train? Try an online OCR program to convert your .pdfs to Word.

  1. A standing desk

Eight million studies have shown that too much sitting is bad for you. But writing requires a great deal of being in one place, and it’s not always comfortable to stand for six to eight hours at a time. Standing for even a few minutes every hour can improve your circulation, allowing for increased creativity!

Pro tip: Once you’ve mastered the standing desk, take it to the next level with a treadmill desk.

  1. A virtual assistant

You want utter isolation in your island fortress. You want to spend all your time writing, but not doing those pesky submission chores like researching markets and querying agents and publishers. You want someone else to correct the typos and punctuation, send your signed hardcopy contracts back to your agent, and get last year’s scanned receipts to your accountant. A virtual assistant can do all that for you without ever being in the same room!

Pro tip: If you need someone to do real, physical tasks like picking up your dry cleaning or walking your dog, you can hire temp help for those too!

  1. Speech to text software

You’re in the car, but the most amazing story in the world comes to you. And not just the plot — jewel-like sentences, each one a glistening crystal of perfection, line themselves up like Michael Ondaatje via Zora Neale Hurston via Jhumpa Lahiri. But you’re in the car, and if you pull over, you’re going to miss your date/plane/appointment. If you have speech to text software, you can literally dictate your story directly to an editable document, thereby never missing a brilliant turn of phrase, even at 70 miles per hour.

Pro tip: Dictating, like talking on the phone, even on a hands-free set, is distracting and can cause accidents. Take your dictation to the next level by hiring yourself a chauffeur.

Granted, if you had the money to do all these things, you might no longer feel that hungry drive to work on your writing 24/7. But what I hope for every one of you is that someday, you get to find out.

Monday Links

AWP is next week. Running from March 30-April 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, it’s a huge gathering of writers, small presses, MFA programs and those who support all of the above, and Zoetic Press is going to be there, at table 1636 with books and shot glasses and love for the whole scene.

Here is everything you need to know about AWP.

Today (March 21) is World Poetry Day. If you live in continental Europe, there are shops that will let you pay for your coffee with a poem! Drink up, then write more poetry.

And while you’re sipping your coffee paid for with poetry, you can read Huffington Post’s article on 14 brilliant women poets.

In other news: The Daily Beast let Samuel Delaney talk about his art.

The Cut talked about how women writers are patronized.

The Rumpus published Sarah Blake’s article about men explaining submissions to her.

Great Big Story showcased a newspaper in Colorado that still uses linotype to print the news.

If you’re at AWP next week, we would love for you to come by our table, say hello, talk to us about your writing hopes and dreams, have a drink with us. We’d just love to hang out with you. In the meantime, we’ll be spending this week packing, planning, and anticipating.

Monday Links

Happy Pi Day! What’s your favorite? Pumpkin? Cherry? Apple? I’m partial to spinach, myself. I wish we could give you some delicious pie over the internet, but in the absence of that, how about we acquaint you with what we’ve been reading over the last week? As always, emotionally challenging content, as well as possible spoilers. Reader, proceed with caution.

Good Housekeeping brought us some phenomenal Pinterest fails.

Kenyon Review published a response to Claire Vaye Watkins’s “On Pandering” essay – On Poverty.

Gender Detective put out an interesting notion – that strong, capable women of history were actually men.

Ozy has a fascinating article by Katie Crouch (no, not that one) about her name twin’s eerie mirror life.

Huffpost Style has a great video where 8-year-olds dissect fashion ads and point out some alarming truths.

Lastly, Brain Pickings has an oldie but goodie – a talk by Neil Gaiman where he explores how stories last.

Go forth and be victorious this week! And, to help you celebrate – here’s a great pie crust recipe.

Monday Links

Last week was a blur of work for us, and here it is Monday. We’re gearing up for AWP, which is a short 3 weeks away. In the meantime, rather than our usual links, here’s what we’ve been up to  – putting all of NonBinary Review online. We’d love it if you checked it out.

Issue #1 – Grimm’s Fairy Tales 

Issue #2 – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Issue #3 – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Issue #4 – Bulfinch’s Mythology

Issue #5 – The King in Yellow

In the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you the rest of our issues online. We hope that you love what you read!

Go forth and have a great week.

Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors
Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors

Monday Links

Today is called “bissextus.” It’s the word for the extra day added to the calendar every four years. And while we’re on the subject of making you smarter, here are some links you might have missed last week. As always, challenging content and spoilers ahead – readers beware.

Book Riot brought us a list of fabulous, literary-inspired roller derby names.

Stylist ran Lucy Kalanithi‘s moving story about her husband’s death and her struggles through grief.

Heather Plett gave us a moving and important lesson on how to “hold space” for people in your life.

Huffington Post published an open letter to people who feel that they’re falling behind.

Thought Catalog excerpted Mate: Become the Man Women Want by Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller, with “Guys, Here’s What It’s Actually Like to Be a Woman.

The Washington Post let us know that Americans can study in Germany for free, and many are taking advantage.

The Emily Program Foundation talked about how stigmatizing fat prevents people from recovering from eating disorders.

The Establishment talked about using people with disabilities as “inspiration porn.”

And finally, Kate Maltby asks why Elizabeth I is always depicted as ugly and diseased, and what that reveals about our notions of women and power.

Go forth and have a great week, everyone!

Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors
Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors

Monday Links

There are 52 Mondays in a year, and this is one of them. Here’s the best stuff we found last week, while we weren’t celebrating the fact that we’ve put Issue #1 of NonBinary Review online, and that our first two poetry books are currently for sale. As always, there is emotionally challenging content, and perhaps spoilers, so read at your own risk.

Munchies brings us Kimi Werner – the woman who kills octopi with her bare teeth.

Bored Panda showed us unpublished photographs from National Geographic archives.

A St. Thomas Aquinas University student shares his experience of the friend zone.

The Daddy Coping in Style blog recounts the first time a young boy goes to the playground in his pink dress.

The Globe and Mail exposes how changes to Canada’s rape laws hurt victims.

There was some incredible comedy on Tumblr.

Teen Vogue talks about Obama killing funding for abstinence-only sex education.

The Atlantic exposes the problem the police have with domestic violence.

The New York Times wants to know why we teach girls to be scared.

Style.mic reveals the sexist history of pockets.

That’s it. Go to Lithomobilus and buy some great poetry, and then have a great week, everyone!

Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors
Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors

Monday Links

Happy Half Price Candy Day! We’re over here celebrating in true Zoetic Press style, which includes dark chocolates, milk chocolates…well, any chocolates, really. Let’s get to the best stuff from last week. As always, there are some emotionally challenging posts here, and some spoilers, so proceed with caution.

First, some genius mashed up Mr. Bean with 50 Shades of Grey to make a movie we’d love to see.

The Guardian covers a report on how romantic comedies show women how to tolerate stalking behavior from men.

The Calgary Herald brought us a thought-provoking article about how being a gifted child can be harder than people realize.

Gawker ran an interview with Jason Reynolds about grief in YA literature.

The Big Smoke ran a fascinating article from Sarah Xerta about parents who gaslight their children.

The Art Institute of Chicago has re-created an iconic Van Gogh painting as an actual room, available on Airbnb.

The Establishment ran an open letter to Gloria Steinem on intersectional feminism.

The Wall Street Journal talks about how Google stole millions of books out from under their authors.

Go forth and be victorious, everyone!