Holiday Press

Holiday Press

by Merethe Walther With Thanksgiving over and Christmas around the corner, it’s about time to start looking for some great finds for the book lovers in your life! Spectacle has you covered! Whether you’re shopping for children, or those who are just young at heart, we have an assortment of titles guaranteed to please even the pickiest of readers. Love both engineering and the arts, but have trouble reconciling the differences between your right and left brain? Worry no more! Poetry for Engineers by Clayton Grow is sure to please the prose lovers and the analytical thinkers in your family. DX/DY curves don’t much like math. fortunately, there’s a little thing called INFINITY the magic ingredient in a castle full of secret serums how do we measure a dimension when the ruler keeps slipping? Get your copy of Poetry for Engineers on Amazon! Only $4.99 this holiday season! What do tea, spirits, and the gods have in common? They’re all things that get stirred up in Honey, a novel by Alison Lyke. When an angry ghost shows up in Honey’s shop and demands she stop brewing tea, Honey has no idea what the cataclysmic fallout will be. She stumbles on a journey through surreal planes where the very forces of the universe seem inclined to catapult the unfortunate barista right into a battle of the gods, and Honey just may rethink her day job. As she was drifting to sleep in a blur of intoxication and leftover musical vibes, Honey swore she felt a soft shift of pressure on the mattress near her feet. At first she thought it was Seth getting into bed, but then she remembered that he was gone. She opened her eyes and saw Jenny from the club sitting on the end of her bed. Slowly, it dawned on Honey that this wasn’t Jenny at all—this woman was older and more arrogant looking. Her lacy white dress looked like a cross between a wedding dress and a nightgown. Her black hair was wet and stringy. “Are you Jenny, the Maxwell’s daughter?” Honey asked in dreamy confusion. “No,” the woman said. “My name is Pearl.” “How nice,” Honey drawled, trying to be flippant and sarcastic with the dream figure, but suddenly, she felt weepy as an overwhelming sadness crept into her. Looking closer, Honey noticed that there was something wrong with the edges of Pearl’s body. She seemed to shift in space, even though she was sitting still. The shifting made her translucent, and Honey thought she may be looking at a spirit or a ghost. Get caught up in your own adventure with Honey on Amazon! Halloween is over, but that doesn’t mean that it’s...

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Gifts For Writers Part IV

by Jared Saathoff When providing gifts for writers one of the key elements is playing to your writer’s sense of curiosity. Let’s face it, writers are worse than cats. Hours of useful time can be lost to something as simple as a squirrel or a website featuring only animated dancing robots. So, logically the best gift for a writer would be something to keep them on track and influence a more efficient manner of production— something like horse blinders or a dog’s shock collar. But, as I found out the hard way it violates several labor laws to force workers to wear those shock collars. So unfortunately I don’t think your beloved writer will enjoy it much either. Alas, the best way to appease your non-shock-collar-wearing writer is to get them something they’ll actually like. Truth is you can’t ever go wrong with Lego. But, you can go more awesome with this: — Awesome Link — it’s big, it’s motorized, it’s Star Wars, and it’s Lego. Guaranteed* to amaze and dazzle at cocktail parties. But, in this particular case you’ll have to do some digging to find something like it. Lego, because they’re awesome and Danish, release the majority of these beautiful sets in a limited run. So, there is this: — Awesome Link — but it’s not motorized, you’ll have you use your imagination.   Or. There’s this really neat book. It’s a collection of the old engravings that used to grace the pages of the dictionary. Back when the dictionary was really cool and not online: — Awesome Dictionary Link — I am going to set mine right next to the Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary, which is also a really interesting and neat gift idea for anyone interested in words, but be warned it weighs more than a toddler and unless you feel like rubbing your nose against the pages, it requires a magnifying glass.   Writers, even those without shock collars, write. So why not make writing awesome with this: — Awesome Pen Link — Quite possibly the greatest pen I have yet to write with (I ordered mine yesterday (actually I ordered three)). Guaranteed* to help you make new friends and influence people to buy you beer. The only thing that could, maybe, be more awesome would be a sword-in-cane that also had a pen—but that just doesn’t seem practical.   And finally, if your beloved writer is annoyed with boring people being the only ones that come over to watch movies there is this solution: — Magic Link — guaranteed* to keep boring people out of your life and make TV and movie watching 98% more enjoyable.   * Guaranteed by me. Guarantee not from the...

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Gifts for Writers Part III

by Eric Staggs Every year it hits like a tidal wave – a rush of panic – what will you buy for the writer on your list? If you’re anything like me, the very idea of Black Friday sends chills through your bones. Here’s a handy guide to help select the perfect gift for writers (a notoriously difficult group to buy for) and most item can be ordered online. The best part is most of these things can be ordered online, allowing you to get some serious shopping done without the battle scars of yet another Black Friday Shopping nightmare! Like any profession, writers need tools to do their job effectively. These tools vary widely and depend greatly on personal preference, but there a few gadgets that every writer shouldn’t be without.   Books Reference books are a must for any writer. My top five desktop reference books are: A Dictionary of Theories, Dictionary of Astronomy, Medical Dictionary, Latin-English Dictionary and a Dictionary of World Mythology. That covers most of the basics for day-to-day writing.   Voice recorder Micro-voice recorders are an excellent gift for any writer. It takes some time to get over the self-consciousness of talking your ideas out to a little machine, but after a while not only do you get used to it, but you feel like you’re in a sci-fi movie, making secret plans in case you’re captured by some galactic nemesis. The only “must haves” on these mini-voice recorders are USB output and a mini-jack for earphones. The slew of other features are just bells and whistles.   eReader This little piece of technology is about the slickest thing next to pop-rocks we’ve come up with. There’s about a thousand flavors of them now. The Nook, the Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad offers apps for all .epub and .mobi files. many publishers are offering their own version of what I refer to as the miracle bookshelf. Do you research, make sure the titles your Giftee wants on available on the platform you chose. As well, some folks like the e-ink display better than the backlit LCD. You can’t go wrong with this gift.   Anthologies Writers must read! This is necessary to stay inspired, to keep up with evolutionary changes to their favorite genre and to see how techniques and methods are working for other authors. However, often the selection of fiction piece can be random and a big commitment, for someone who wrestles with time management anyway. Anthologies on the other hand, are filled with dozens of short stories, already filtered and of top quality, in easily digestible, bite size chapters.   iPad2 Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve got a Kindle and an iPad2...

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Gifts for Writers Part II

The Twelve Days of  the Season by Tam Albright   Of all the many gifts you could give the writer in your life this holiday, there is really only one thing that writers want.   On the first day of the season, my loved ones asked of me: “Are there enough ideas for your WIP?”   So, on the second day of the season, my loved ones gifted me, with Two back up hard drives, And enough ideas for my WIP.   On the third day of the season, my loved ones helped some more, with Three unrelated plot bunnies, Two back up hard drives, And enough ideas for my WIP.   On the fourth day of the season, the blinking cursor mocked: (Many four-letter swear words,) Three unrelated plot bunnies, Two back up hard drives, And enough ideas for my WIP.   On the fifth day of the season, my loved ones distracted me: Five times I forgot to hit “SAVE!” (More four-letter swear words,) Three unrelated plot bunnies, Two back up hard drives, And enough ideas for my WIP.   On the sixth day of the season, I wrote my loved ones in: Six doomed characters, Five times I forgot to hit “SAVE!” (F-dash-dash-dash word,) Three unrelated plot bunnies, Two back up hard drives, And enough ideas for my WIP.   On the seventh day of the season, I vented to the Net: Seven writing #hash-tags, Six doomed characters, Five times I forgot to hit “SAVE!” (Still swearing swear words,) Three unrelated plot bunnies, Two back up hard drives, And enough ideas for my WIP.   On the eighth day of the season, my loved ones gave me advice: Eight clichéd phrases, Seven writing #hash-tags, Six doomed characters, Five times I forgot to hit “SAVE!” (*eye-roll* Four-letter swear words,) Three unrelated plot bunnies, Two back up hard drives, And enough ideas for my WIP.   On the ninth day of the season, my “hobby” was discussed: Yeah, nine old trunked novels, Eight clichéd phrases, Seven writing #hash-tags, Six doomed characters, Five times I forgot to hit “SAVE!” (“I’m a sailor” swear words,) Three unrelated plot bunnies, Two back up hard drives, And enough ideas for my WIP.   On the tenth day of the season, I became quite desperate: Ten magical McGuffins, Nine old trunked novels, Eight clichéd phrases, Seven writing #hash-tags, Six doomed characters, Five times I forgot to hit “SAVE!” (Swear words just to say them,) Three unrelated plot bunnies, Two back up hard drives, And enough ideas for my WIP.   On the eleventh day of the season, with my loved ones fast asleep, I had Eleven cups a-coffee, Ten magical McGuffins, Nine old...

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Gifts For Writers Part I

by Ditrie Sanchez   Have you ever found yourself struggling to remember which notepad, receipt or napkin you once scribbled a really cool idea on? Maybe, like me, you have a collection of notebooks of various sizes, shapes, bindings and colorings strewn all about the house. Or maybe you’ve noticed the ideas in one of your notebooks are too scattered and unorganized to make any sense of them. As a writer, you find that much of your world is constantly changing. One minute you’re researching World War II era American military clothing, the next you’re trying to pick the perfect color for your next unholy dragon. Organizing all of these fantastic but disparate ideas while not wreaking havoc on the naturally random creative flow is a skill every author needs to hone. Thankfully, now there is a tool to help.  The revolver journal, which is much less violent than it sounds, is basically a Transformer (lasers sold separately). Now, let’s say that you’re busy working on your military drama piece but out of the blue you think, egads! Coral blue is the perfect color for my giant metallic dragon of doom! With the revolver journal, all you have to do is fold it into your fantasy journal and copy it down. You don’t even need to leave the couch! Consider it the Rubik’s cube of journaling. It’s color coded, switchable and makes you look really cool at parties. Or nerdy. Same thing, really.   In the writing world, we are expected to write what we know. This means that if you’re writing about a subject and you don’t know anything about it, it’s time to do some research. Now, research can be done in quiet libraries whilst poring over various tomes of knowledge, or it can be conducted at home through the comfortable, if somewhat detached resources of the world wide web. However, the most effective research comes from hands-on experiences. Live interviews, taking tours of story locations, learning to use the tools of the trade that a character should know. Of course, this puts a certain group of writers at a researching disadvantage right off the bat. Science fiction and fantasy writers are no more able to visit their worlds or shoot their laser blasters than I’m able to sprout beans out of my nose (believe me, I’ve tried). However, I’ve discovered the one thing that can be a game changer for this poor, disadvantaged group of writers. And it comes in the form of a pen. A ray gun pen, to be more specific. (pyew, pyew, pyew!) Now science fiction and fantasy writers alike can revel in the chrome and lacquered goodness that befits any proper hero...

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