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And the novel continues…..Friday Feature–“Let’s Talk Books”

Dear Friends,

First and foremost, my apologies for not posting to my blog in the last five weeks. My health continues to improve daily and my next, and hopefully last appointment, with the specialist is on July 20th.

Now for the good stuff…. the progress on my novel….

The title has changed from “Bethie’s Place” to “The Hensel House”. It’s still set in the Old West (circa Civil War era) and the story revolves around a dilapidated boarding house that has been bequeathed to the main character from her grandmother.

Now dear friends, I need your help. I’m torn between these two versions as the opening of my novel. Please let me know which one grabs you to want to read more.

Version 1: The boarding house had fallen into disrepair, and looked nothing like the tintypes her grandmother had sent her many years ago. The life blood that once traveled through The Hensel House had drained out onto the dusty road beneath her feet.

Version 2: Grandma was gone. It was as if the boarding house had died along with her.

Love and blessings to you all!

“Bethie”

 

Since Last We Met…..

Hello Friends!

It seems months have passed since last we met, and yet it’s only been 12 days. And a busy 12 days it’s been. After the wonderful Mother’s Day celebration, I had to quickly shift gears into anniversary celebration mode — that anniversary being, my parents’ 55th on May 21st.  Again, I was in a dilemma…what to buy.  I quickly settled on a house plant — a beautiful “Lucky Bamboo”, which was ordered and delivered right on time.

Friday, 5/22/15, I was back at the doctor’s office for yet another appointment to consider my progress in my long medical crisis. Some progress, but not enough to convince the doctor to declare me “healed” and let me go.

I came home disappointed (again), but as I was updating my Facebook page status that evening, an advertisement along the page caught my eye. It was for something called, “Master Class”(http://www.masterclass.com). Unable to resist the temptation to see what it was all about, I clicked the link. And boy, was I happy I did….There were four class options — Photography taught by Annie Lebowitz, Tennis taught by Serena Williams, Acting taught by Dustin Hoffman, and finally, Writing taught by best-selling novelist James Patterson. Guess which one I picked. Oh come on, take a guess. You KNOW which one I  picked! Yep, for just under $100, I have been drinking and basking in the teaching of James Patterson. The course consists of 22 short videos (each about 15 minutes) where he talks about himself and his method/process for writing a novel from the germ of an idea to finished product. There’s also a corresponding Facebook page where I can interact with others taking the course and the assignments — each at our own pace.  I’m working with two published posts from my blog — “COWBOY”, and “My Thank You Gift To My Readers”, as my jumping off point to what I hope will be my first published novel titled, “COWBOY”.

With everything going on, I’ve also been pleasure reading, and  on the nightstand is The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell, and The Bone Tree by Greg Iles. Both are library books (with long hold lists) so The Bone Tree has to go back tomorrow (boo hoo), but I can put it on hold again, and hopefully get it back in my hands soon.

Since Friday will be here before I know it, I’m going to give you a “heads up” on the topic for Friday Feature — “Let’s Talk Books” — your summer reading list.  What book are you anxious to read this summer? Where do you like to read? Do you read lighter stories in the summer or do you go for the longer, more involved storylines?

Well friends, that’s about it for tonight! Sending you all much love and gratitude for continuing to follow my blog. Wishing you all a very happy fun-filled summer. Oh, and I mustn’t forget to mention those who may be experiencing extreme weather around the world. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Until next time,

“Bethie”

 

 

Friday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — Heroes, Heroines, and Villains

Hello Friends! It’s been a hectic couple weeks and I apologize for not posting regularly, but there’s much to share with you about Mother’s Day, the new plan I have for my blog, and an update on my health. So to get me/us back on track, let me begin with our weekly feature. The topic I’ve picked for this week’s post is heroes and villains. Thinking about the book you’ve most recently read, or book you’re reading, who is the hero/heroine, and villain? What characteristics make the hero/heroine memorable and believable? What makes the villain memorable and believable?

Happy reading! 😀 Let’s talk books!

“Bethie”

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

As I mentioned over my last two Friday 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 today, Friday 4/24/15, @ 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 April 30th, my birthday.

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”

Friday 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 next Friday 4/24/15, @ 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 April 30th, my birthday.

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”

 

Friday 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 Friday is almost gone, and Saturday will be here in a matter of minutes. 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 next Friday, I’ll work them into a short story as my gift to you for following my blog which I will post on April 30th, my birthday. Sound like fun?

Friday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — Some Random Thoughts

Hello Everyone ! Yes, I know this is much later than my usual posting time, but it’s still Friday in California, so technically I’m not really late, yet. What I have to share though may take awhile, maybe into Saturday morning, so I hope you’ll keep reading. First, for those of you who have read about who I am, and the health crisis I’ve been dealing with the past year plus, I want to let you know that I saw my doctor today and I’m hopeful this long odyssey is coming to an end and I can move on with my life as I once knew it over a year ago. Wouldn’t that be a great birthday present for me, and all those who have shared with me initmately on this journey?

One of my Facebook friends posted a link  to an article on my wall this evening about the positive health affects of writing. Maybe this is partly why my doctor was so encouraged about my progress today. Read on:

http://mic.com/articles/98348/science-shows-writers-have-a-serious-advantage-over-the-rest-of-us

Which brings me to my next point. I embarked on a month long writing project — Camp NANOWRIMO, which stands for Camp National Novel Writing Month. Yes, it’s official, my book I mentioned in my blog introduction (back in December) has begun (1200 words so far, and my goal is 25000 by the month’s end). I don’t want to divulge too much except to say that it will be a series of short stories weaved together with a core group of characters and a central theme.

Now this is where you, my faithful followers come in. I need your input and advice on how I should proceed.

Do you read short stories?

Do you have a favorite?

A favorite character from a book you’ve read?

A favorite type of book you like to read? What makes it a favorite?

On the topic of my reading list….I finished Anita Diamant’s, Boston Girl. She is an author I enjoy reading and this book did not disappoint. I also started Susan Vreeland’s, Clara and Mr. Tiffany. So far, so good. And did I mention I have hundreds on my Kindle that I haven’t even started yet? I guess that’s for summer….

So until next time, stay well, enjoy the Spring weather; and know that I value your following my blog very much. Even if this post was a bit disjointed and disorganized. I’ll strive to do better next week.

Bethie

 

 

Friday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — New Reads for Spring and Summer

Welcome to Friday 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 Spring has arrived, and Summer is just around the corner, what books are you looking forward to reading?

Do you have a special place you like to read?

Friday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books”

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):

Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain

Leaving The World by Douglas Kennedy

Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Fred White

There are approximately 100 books on the Kindle (a mix of fiction and nonfiction), 15 from NetGallery.com (my newest best friend, lol) 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”!!! 😀

 

 

Friday 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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