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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”

 

 

My Birthday, Books, and Movies!!!

Since last we met, I celebrated my birthday with family and very close friends that I also consider family.  My mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday dinner, and I replied, “Rubios”. I love Mexican food, and their food is as close to authentic Mexican food on this side of the border. So, our dinner consisted of three burritios — machaca (for dad), chicken (for mom), and pollo asado for the birthday girl.   Let me tell you, these burritos are enormous.  I think they put a half a chicken in each one,  so for every one burrito,  Mom and I get two meals out of each. Dad is the only one to finish his in one setting.

After dinner, I opened my gift — three jigsaw puzzles. I did mention that I love jigsaw puzzles, didn’t I? I’ve been putting them together since I was very young, and I find the challenge very relaxing. Do you  like jigsaw puzzles? What size? What kinds of designs?

Around 7 o’clock, a knock at the door, and it was my “extended family” from next door. A beautiful bouquet of sunflowers in the eldest daughter’s hand. Also in tow, were her two younger siblings (all three between 18-23). Oh and I mustn’t forget the eldest daughter’s boyfriend, who I had been anxious to meet. What a special young man he is, and a perfect match for my special “sister/daughter”. We laughed, we talked, and before I knew it, it was nearly 9 o’clock, and time for me to call it a day.

Friday, May 1st, would have been my Nana’s 99th birthday. I miss her. Birthdays and Christmas being the hardest days for me even though it will be 10 years this December since she’s been gone.

I’m nearly halfway through reading “The Girl On The Train”. Have you read it? It’s an odd book, and I can’t say for certain whether I “like” it or not yet, but I am intrigued, and will more than likely finish it in the next day or so. Also 3/4 of the way through “Edge of Eternity” by Ken Follett (3rd book in the Century Trilogy).  I’ve been reading it for several months and it will probably take me a month or more to finish it. So far, the third book isn’t nearly as exciting as the first two, but I guess that’s because it begins in the 60s and ends just before the 21st century begins, and the historic events are things I’ve already lived through.

Rounding out my time since last we met, I watched two dvds that I got from Netflix that I highly recommend. First, was “The Imitation Game” depicting the life of British born Alan Turing. The second, “The Theory of Everything” depicting the life of Stephen Hawking. If you’ve seen either of these films, I would love to chat about them with you. The acting in both films was extraordinary, and I can see why both of these actors were nominated for Academy Awards, both of which could have easily shared the award for Best Actor.

It’s nearly 12:40 AM, Tuesday, and I’m still wide awake (which I shouldn’t be) but before I call it a night/morning and put me and the computer to bed, I want to once again thank you for following my blog, and especially participating in my “Thank You Gift To My Readers” post. Your participation has helped me to renew my passion for writing again, and with you as my audience, I will strive to continue to write posts that inform, inspire, and enlighten, and entertain you.

Love and Blessings to you all, “Bethie”

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”

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”!!! 😀

 

 

My Reading List of 2015 — January

Hello to all my readers! I have chosen four books to start the year. They are:

Shopaholic To The Stars — Sophie Kinsella

Orphan Train — Christina Baker Kline

The Lemon Orchard — Luanne Rice

The Girls of August — Anne Rivers Siddons

Of the four books I’ve chosen, the only author new to me is Christina Kline Baker, so I’m excited to give it a try. What drew me to the book was the title and the plot. The other three authors I’ve read for years and enjoyed their writing styles.

“Bethie”

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