Calliope Writing

The Year of the Bad Is Over. Happy New Year!
December 31, 2016, 10:59 pm
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“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”      Charles Lamb

Badass Stocking Stuffers for Bibliophiles and Wordsmiths – Part 2
December 17, 2016, 2:06 pm
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Welcome to part two of the most excellent nuggets of joy you can stuff into the stockings of fellow writers and readers. (If you missed Part 1, check it out!)


Ink and Graphite

Writers write. It’s what we do. And a couple of the most relied-upon tools for said writing are pens and pencils. Enjoy.

And a wonderfully fun little piece of poo to keep those pencils sharp:


funny meme about books

Yes, I’m one of those awful people who dog-ear my books.

If you abhor creasing those lovely pages, these bookmarks will surely help get the job done.

And you might remember these from a recent giveaway I hosted:

Caffeine Dispensers

There’s a stereotype about writers that we all would be happier with a permanent IV of coffee. Personally, I can’t stand the crap. But I do love some hot chocolate…and these mugs look like they’d be perfect for some cocoa topped with marshmallows.

And a fun and not exactly safe for work mug from one of my favorite sources of info about dark fiction, Dirge Magazine:

Pocket Books (I don’t mean purses…)

Okay, so I went a little nutty with this category. But you know how much I freaking love books

And because I love David Bowie:

To wrap up this fun two-part holiday series, I’ll let Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan take the mic:

*Just a quick notice that the above links leading to Amazon will benefit me since I’m an affiliate (meaning your purchase will help this blog keep going).*

Celebrating Lolita’s 58th Birthday
August 18, 2016, 12:00 pm
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On this day in 1958, Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita was published.


While it’s now widely regarded as a classic – a must-read for any serious reader or writer – it wasn’t as well received five or six decades ago. It’s not hard to imagine. After all, the novel is about a middle-aged man’s infatuation with a <gulp> twelve-year-old girl.



No twelve-year-old vixens for you!

But hot damn, is it a great book! If you haven’t read it, I urge you to pick up a copy from your library or local independent bookstore. Or click the link in the first sentence of this post to purchase from Amazon; since I’m an affiliate, your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).


My somewhat beat-up copy.

So happy fifty-eighth birthday, Lolita!

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Party Like it’s 1999 – um – 2016
January 1, 2016, 12:01 am
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happy 2016

All the best to you and yours! I hope the coming year brings you success, joy, and love.

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