Father’s Day Gifts for Every Kind of Dad
Father’s Day is just around the corner (ahem, Sunday, June 16 for those who don’t know). Haven’t gotten Dad that perfect gift yet? No worries! Whatever kind of man your dad is, he’ll definitely appreciate one of these creative ideas that will fit his unique personality on his day.
A photo book is a perfect way to capture all of those great family memories and share them with each other over and over again. All you need to do is provide the pictures, and Apple will put a professional book together for you.
If your dad loves to read, he’ll appreciate you keeping him up to date with the latest book reading trends. Getting him a Kindle will make him look tech savvy and compile his library all in one place. (You know how he hates clutter!)
Here are some fun beer steins for the beer drinking dad – something a little different than the usual socks and ties you’ve given him the past couple of years.
For the dad with a sweet tooth, a chocolate gift basket will never disappoint – especially when it’s great chocolate. Just remember to order enough for yourself, too!
If you’ve got a foodie dad, here’s an easy website to find local restaurants. You can also sign him up for “dinner of the month” club, a gift that will let him try new restaurants all year long.
Blogs We Love: Procrastinating Writers Blog
When and why did you start your blog, Procrastinating Writers?
I started Procrastinating Writers in March of 2008 as a way for me to overcome my writing procrastination. My goal was to write one blog post a week for a year. Once I did that, I took it to the next level and started to seek out traffic.
Your site provides “guidance for writers who struggle to get started.” Can you give us your best advice for writers who struggle to “get started” in one(ish) sentence?
Write what you know.
How important do you think being a part of a writing community is for writers?
You need support and accountability if you want to be a successful writer. Being part of a community will do that for you. For a writer who procrastinates, that’s priceless.
How did you build the audience and community for your blog?
I started writing guest posts for blogs that had more traffic than I did. My very first one was for Copyblogger.com, actually, which got me a flood of traffic. That’s what more or less put Procrastinating Writers on the map.
Just for fun, what’s the craziest thing you’ve done in an attempt to procrastinate?
Got on my hands and knees and scrubbed the bathroom floor with a sponge. Ridiculous, I know.
Jennifer Blanchard is a writer, book coach, and the founder of Procrastinating Writers, a blog that helps writers who struggle to get started. Grab her list of 113 things you can write right now and get writing…right now.
Online Literary Events for June
June 1-30 all day: Online Book Club. Join fellow readers in this monthly online book discussion with people from all over the country. This month, the group will be discussing And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, so join the discussion this month, or post your vote for the book the group will be talking about in July, and get opinion from all over.
June 11 at 1pm: Summertime Listening. Learn all about all the new books that are coming out this summer on ebook and audio book in this quick one hour free webinar to give you great summer reading suggestions.
June 13 at 1pm: What All Agents Want in a Great Young Adult Novel, by Carlie Webber. Participants can submit the first 500 words of their novel and get it critiqued by the literary agent Carlie Webber. You will get first hand exactly what agents are looking for when they are choosing authors to represent, and how you can improve your novel to get you that much closer to publication!
June 18 at 1pm: What an Agent Really Thinks While Reading Queries, by Kate McKean and Jim McCarthy. Every attendee can submit their work that could be critiqued live on this webinar, getting honest feedback from these two agents and a look inside of how agents treat submissions. McKean and McCarthy will also request more writing after the event from those participants that they deem excellent and may want to represent, giving you an inside look into the minds of agents, and a chance to get one of these two to represent you!
June Literary Events in NYC
Thursday, June 6, 7pm at 52 Prince Street. City Lights Poets, Homero Aridjis, A Time of Angels. Aridjis will be presenting his brand new collection of poetry, A Time of Angels. As one of Mexico’s most respected poets, he writes bilingually and has the artwork of Francisco Toledo accompanying his words.
Friday, June 7, 7-8pm at Barnes and Noble at 150 East 86th Street. Mark Goldblatt, newspaper columnist and professor at FIT, has published his first novel The Unrequited, and is presenting it to interested readers just like you at Barnes and Noble. This mystery novel from the perspective of a journalist will keep you turning the pages until the end as you follow whether or not a murderer and rapist is guilty.
Thursday, June 13, 6pm at 97 Warren Street. For all those James Joyce lovers out there, a James Joyce Tribute with readings from Ulysses and his other works by actors and authors who appreciate Joyce’s masterpieces. Pete Hamill, Adam Gopnik, Malachy McCourt, Larry Kirwan, Jeffrey Frank, Aedin Moloney, Don O’Keefe, and Carolyn T. Hughes will all be participating.
Saturday, June 15, 10am at Port Washington, Long Island. A tour of Manhasset Bay in the spirit of The Great Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald! The tour will last about two hours, and will give you all the history that sparked Fitzgerald’s imagination to create the great work we all know and love. And of course, to honor Fitzgerald’s tradition and memory, BYOB.
Wednesday, June 19, from 7-9pm at KGB Bar on 85 East Fourth Street. The reading series Fantastic Fiction represents great authors and their works for readers to come and listen. The series is continuing, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, as they present Sarah Langan, author of The Keeper, The Missing, and Audrey’s Door.
Saturday, June 22, 2pm beginning at the White Horse Tavern at 567 Hudson Street. The Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl, happening every Saturday, takes you on a great tour of the Greenwich bars filled with literary history, giving you both your fill of your favorite historical authors that have lived and written in this area, along with all the drinks the greats used to create their great works of literature.
The Pubslush team has been busy reading this week! Check out what books made our Friday Reads list.
Women Code by Alisa Vitti
(Sidenote: Pubslush’s VP recently attended a book signing with Alisa Vitti and loved her and the book. Must read.)
Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Another round-up of our weekly reads!
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Promising Young Women by Suzanne Scanlon