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Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — A Fun Little Exercise

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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Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” – A Fun Little Exercise (Part 2)

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.

“Bethie”

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Thursday Feature — “Let’s Talk Books!”

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?

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Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — Favorite Love Story

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…. 😀

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Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — Structure

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! 😀

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Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — From Book To Motion Picture

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! 😀

Here is the link to the list:

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Books-Made-Movies/tag/8969/?type_id=1&tag_id=8969&obd=1&l=100&ls=0

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A Note About This Week’s Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books”

As I mentioned over my last two Thursday Feature posts, I want to write a short story for you, my readers and followers, as a “Thank You” gift that I will post on my birthday, April 30th, this coming Thursday. The deadline, if you’re interested in participating in less than 12 hours away.

For those who didn’t see the original post, I’ve copied it here:

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 as I create this special story for you. Those pieces are:

1. a character’s name

2. gender and/or age

3. 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 Thursday 11/7/19, @ midnight California (USA) time, 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 November 19, 2019.

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 (with a clear brain, and typing fingers at the ready) the pieces of the puzzle that you will give me to work with.

“Bethie”

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Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — New Reads for Fall and Winter

Welcome to Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books! Yes, I’m really late getting this posted, but today life stepped in and derailed the day until now. BUT…. I’m here and it’s time to chat!!

Now that Fall has arrived, and Winter is just around the corner, what books are you looking forward to reading?

Do you have a special place you like to read?

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Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — Family Sagas (Dramas)

Hello friends! Yes, I know, you’re probably disappointed that the topic I picked for this week has nothing to do with Friday the 13th, but I think I’ve found a topic that we can all relate to at sometime in our lives — the family saga/drama. We have them in our homes (hopefully only occasionally), and yes, they’re long, complex, with lots of vivid characters and storylines to keep track of, but for me, they’re my “go-to” book of choice when I need to escape from my own troubles in my own life. I’m currently deeply engaged in Jeffrey Archer’s, “Mightier Than The Sword: The Clifton Chronicles.” As a starting off point, I’ve created two polls. Enjoy and “Let’s Talk Books”!

If a book title doesn’t come to mind right away, here’s a link I found to jog your memory and enhance the week’s topic.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/12890.Best_Family_Sagas

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