Hello to all my friends and followers! It’s been a busy, stressful day, and I just looked up at the clock and realized that Thursday is half gone, and Friday will be here in a matter of hours.
As a writer, I’m always on the lookout for story starters. For this week, I would like you to turn to page 168 in the current book you’re reading, and copy a complete sentence from the 9th line. Don’t reveal the title, just the sentence. You need only share one sentence. By the way, the more sentences I receive, the better, so everyone please share, and tell your friends about my blog. Now, with whatever sentences I receive by November 7, 2019, I’ll work them into a short story as my gift to you for following my blog which I will post on November 19, 2019. Sound like fun?
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With Christmas 2019 only six weeks away, I hope you will consider doing your shopping here, making great purchases sure to please any gift recipient. And speaking of gifts, don’t know what to buy that hard to buy for relative, friend, or co-worker? Gift cards are a great gift which are always appreciated. Please visit often, as I will be updating this post frequently, that is, daily! LOL
My most recent purchase was a Kindle Fire Tablet. Easier for me to hold with all the functionality of a laptop and living on a tight budget, it was a perfect choice for me. Currently I have approximately 200 books loaded!!!
Recently I came across a talk show while eating lunch, and I was hooked. The host is named Mel Robbins, a life coach. After watching the show, I jumped on Amazon.com to find her book, The 5 Second Rule. Purchased it, and when it arrived, read it in one evening. For me, a life-changing experience. So that being said, if you find yourself in a rut in any aspect of your life and you’re tired of being in said rut, give this book a read. You won’t be disappointed!!!!
I have been a soda pop consumer for many, many years. And, not the sugar free variety. LOL. Wanting to change my life and make an effort to get away from the sugary drink addiction and improve my overall appearance and health, I have replaced it with Sparkling Ice+Caffeine (Black Raspberry). I must say, it is a bit pricy, but for me the sacrifice of something else to get this product has been beneficial. At this writing I have almost beaten this addiction and already feel better physically and have more energy.
Hello to all my friends and followers! Tonight I want to especially welcome new followers to my little corner of cyberspace. Last week, I invited my readers to turn to page 168 in the book they were reading, and copy a complete sentence from the 9th line. No need to mention the book or the author. This week, I’m adding a few additional pieces – a character’s name, gender, and something unique that makes that character stand out to you.
As a writer, I’m always on the lookout for story starters. By the way, the more sentences and characters I receive, the better, so everyone please participate, share, and tell your friends about my blog.
Now, with whatever sentences and characters I receive by 11/7/19 , @ midnight, I’ll work them into a short story (over the weekend) as my gift to you for following my blog which I will post on 11/19/19.
Note: No real people or characters that may be recognizable like Frodo Baggins (Lord of the Rings trilogy) or one of my favorites, Harry Potter.
First and foremost, have FUN! 😀 I anxiously await the pieces of the puzzle that you will give me to work with.
Now that you know that my two passions/obsessions in life are books and writing, I thought that the best way to go about getting a discussion going between us is for me to ask several questions. Answer one or all — Let’s talk books!
1. Who’s your favorite author?
2. What’s your favorite genre? Do you read more than one genre?
3. How do you choose a book? Author, cover art, plot?
4. Do you read more than one book at a time?
5. Do you read a physical book or do you read e-books? Which do you prefer?
On Valentine’s Day weekend, for some, our thoughts turn to love and romance. That being said, I’m curious to know what is the title of your all-time favorite love story? What makes/made it an “all-time favorite” for you?
Let’s talk love, romance, and all those things that make our heart skip a beat right off the printed page…. 😀
Welcome to Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books”! Today’s discussion topic is characters — those we’ve loved, and those we’ve not so loved. As a writer, I’m constantly creating characters, and the questions below are some that I use as a blueprint to create them. If you’re reading a book, and I hope you are, pick up that book and let’s look at/discuss the characters in it. Consider the questions below as you read:
1. Describe the main character—personality traits, motivations, inner qualities.
2. Describe the dynamics between characters (in a marriage, family, or friendship).
3. Do you admire or disapprove of them?
4. Do they remind you of people you know?
5. Is there a change in the main character by the end of the book?
6. Does he/she grow or mature?
7. Does he/she learn something about themselves and how the world works?
BONUS DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (For Extra Credit– LOL):
1. Of all the books you’ve read in your lifetime, is there a character that has stuck with you?
2. Which one? From what book?
3. What types of characters are you drawn to? Which ones do you shy away from? Why?
Note: I hope you won’t think of these questions as “homework” but as simply discussion starters or to help you to become a more engaged/active reader. I’ll be sharing my current read over the weekend. Stay tuned!! 😀
Welcome to Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books!
For those of you who have followed my blog from the beginning, you know that for the last year I have been in and out of hospitals, had surgeries, dealt with infections, and have been recovering at home pretty much bedridden until just this last week. It has been during my recovery process that my life and the lives of my family quickly found itself needing a new structure. A voracious reader, I have become even more voracious than I was prior to February 2014. A rough estimate of the number of books I’ve read probably would be upwards of 150 books. I’ve read authors I’ve read for years, and acquired many new authors as well.
Today’s topic is structure. That is the structure of the book you’re currently reading. You are reading, aren’t you?? I hope you’ve found a few minutes every day to get away from technology, (yes, I know many people have e-readers nowadays, but I’m still old-fashion – love the feel of a book in my hands), the news, your work, and enjoy the escape that reading a book offers.
So pick up your book, and let’s explore its structure, that is, how the author tells his/her story.
1. Is it a continuous story? Or a group of interlocking short stories?
2. Does the timeline move forward chronologically or does back and forth between past and present?
3. Does the author use a single viewpoint or viewpoints that shift in each chapter from one character to another?
4. Why might the author have chosen to tell the story in the way he/she did?
5. What difference does it make in the way you read or understand it, if any?
Okay friends, now it’s your turn…. LET’S TALK BOOKS! 😀
Welcome To Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books”! It wasn’t until a couple hours ago, while watching my favorite movie “Airport” (1970), written by Alex Hailey, that I finally decided what this week’s topic would be. While researching and writing this post, I discovered a list of 322 movies that had their beginning as a a novel or nonfiction book. Looking back at this past month’s Academy Awards, several Oscars were awarded to movies that came from books — Still Alice, Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game, to name only three. Now it’s your turn…
Think of a book you’ve read that became a movie.
Were you anxious to see the movie? Why/why not?
Did it follow the book?
If it didn’t, what was different? Plot? Characters?
Did the difference(s) affect your enjoyment of the movie? How?
Note: I’ll be posting my replies later in the day, as well as a link to the list I mentioned….I was surprised at some of the titles I found and maybe you will be too! 😀
Welcome friends and followers of “Bethie’s Place”, and the weekly feature, “Let’s Talk Books”! 😀 This week’s topic for discussion is…. drumroll please…. “What Books Are On The Nightstand? The Kindle? The TBR (To Be Read List)?
For me, the books on the nightstand (at the moment) are (in no particular order):
This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger
The Prayer Bible
Column of Fire by Ken Follett
5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
How Happiness Happens by Max Lucado
There are approximately 200 books on the Kindle (a mix of fiction and nonfiction)and a long list of TBR books.
Okay, you know what my reading list looks like, so let me know about yours…. “Let’s Talk Books”!!! 😀
My name is Beth, but my closest friends call me “Bethie”, and many of them have encouraged me to start writing a blog. So here I am! I’m sure you’ve noticed my photo and wondered why I’m sitting on my bed covered with an Indian print blanket. For the better part of 2014, I have been recovering from two surgeries and subsequent bone infections. I was born with spina bifida and live my life from a wheelchair.
I love to read and I love to write so what you’ll find here are my writings, musings, reviews of books I’ve read, and beginning sometime in early 2015, join me on my adventure into writing my first book.
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