I had this whole piece planned for today where I would write about the wonderful books that got me out of my reading slump, and how wonderful that feeling of rediscovery is…but then I somehow managed to turn off my alarm and sleep in far too late. Suddenly I was faced with the dilemma of either writing said column in my normal half-assed and rushed fashion or showering.
Besides y’all deserve better than half-assed and my customers deserve squeaky clean (even if some of them don’t return the favor). So instead I ask you all to once again put on your materialism hat (despite what it does to your hair, or in my case, my psyche) and consider this:
When you receive something for free (or win something as a prize), do you appreciate it more if you can use it or if it simply something you can admire?
Now apply this logic to the doodads that authors send out, and leave your thoughts below.
For me this means that pens, pencils, post-its? Good.
Eight-bazillion bookmarks? Not so good, five will do unless you are Nora Roberts.
Small foamy car which, while adorable, does not appear to do anything? On its way to the local landfill.
(Personalized wine, by the way, would fall in the good, good, hot-damn-this-is-stupendous category. Yes, it can be done, and then classified as a tax write-off for business expenses.)