My writers group has an annual holiday tradition: we give each other gifts based upon our writing. Often we doctor toys or books to reference a story of novel chapter we've read that year. For example, the year I wrote an essay about watching Lawrence Welk, I got a Lawrence Welk Bubble Machine:
Since the gifts are often from this year's writing, they usually reference unpublished pieces. This year I got a nice assortment of gifts representing my writing:
Three of these reference the same piece; the spirograph, the disco ball necklace, and the disco nutcracker all refer to my latest work in progress. The talking cat saying "Wait till next year" represents a different story that has yet to find a publisher. So, in the future, if these pieces get published, you may see me reposting this picture with a link to some new piece of writing. And, as always, I'm very grateful for the ongoing support I've gotten for the last 18+ years from my writers group--the best colleagues a writer could have.
Ann Hillesland writes fiction and essays. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including Fourth Genre, Bayou, The Laurel Review, and Sou’wester.
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