O is for Onerous

Tabletop Christmas pine boughs and two red candlesDuring the holidays, everything aims to be cheerful and bright. Some tasks, however, remain onerous. They are burdens that must be accomplished to reach the joy of “decking the halls.”

Seating arrangements seem like a good example. You can seat your mother-in-law by a certain aunt but not by your mother or odd uncle. Even buying presents can become onerous. Consider, for instance, when you seek to buy a gift for that impossible-to-buy-for person. The holiday season becomes dreary, a landscape more suited to Ebenezer Scrooge than to you.

Fortunately, the letter “o” begins some words less bleak than onerous. They might not align with the festive season precisely, but they are fun. If nothing else, they offer a break from the holiday hustle and bustle.Continue Reading

Write Right’s List of Twelve Bookish Stocking Stuffers

Cappuccino Mug, Christmas Tree Decoration in Whipped Cream and Coffee

If you’re frantically shopping for a final bookish gift or stocking stuffer, rejoice! Your book lover or word nerd will love any of the following twelve, budget-friendly items. (Each costs under $50.) Check this list once, maybe twice, when wanting to fill stockings with delightful treasures and hearts with mirth.

Continue reading...

How to Open a New Book

Redheaded girl reading a book.

I recently received the latest installment in The Stormlight Archive. (If you’re not familiar with the series, ask—or don’t. You could get drawn into a loooong conversation about Brandon Sanderson.) My giddiness at receiving the book knew almost no bounds. A book that weighs at least three pounds? Yes! Twelve-hundred-plus pages? Sign me up!

Continue reading...