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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

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

Dear Friends,

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”

Thursday 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 Thursday 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 end of November 2019). 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 Fall 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

Thursday 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”

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