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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.

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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”

Struggle against silence

This is so true for me…..

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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”

 

An Unexpected Surprise

Mother’s Day is nearly three weeks away, and as usual I’m struggling to decide what gift to buy my mom. If you’ve read “The Broken Energizer Bunny” or read “About Me” and how she’s taken care of me my entire life, and especially over these months since my illness and recovery, you know how important she is to me and how close we are. This year I had to come up with something that she would never ever think that I would buy her and what I bought for her this year, is going to knock her socks off.

Mom loves art — all types from the Masters to the abstract and obscure. She also loves movies — the old ones from the 1940s and 1950s. The gift I have for her this year is a perfect blend of both. Her favorite artist is Gary Saderup who creates beautiful portraits in charcoal of celebrities from all walks of life — movie stars. musicians, and athletes. If you’re not familiar with the name, google it, and you’ll be amazed at the life-like quality of the portraits.

After receiving a catalog via email, I found the perfect portrait, and today I called to place the order. A man answered the phone, and we chatted about my mom’s love for the artist’s work (she’s had a portrait of Charlie Chaplin that she absolutely loves, since the late 70s, which I found out today was his first portrait he’d created). The man took all the necessary information to place my order, guaranteeing that it would be here by the middle of next week. As I was ready to end the call, I remembered some advice that my dad had given me, “Always get the name of the person you’re talking to. It’s good business, and it will help if you need to contact them again”.

So I asked the man’s name, and he replied, “Gary”. My heart began to beat a bit faster.

I asked, “Sir, am I speaking to the artist Gary Saderup?”

He replied, “Yes dear lady, you are!”

I’d definitely call that an unexpected surprise, wouldn’t you?

Can hardly wait until May 10th to be able to relay today’s events to my mom. I’m sure she’ll be just as surprised as I.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM! 😀

 

Writing 101 — Day 5: Today’s Prompt: You stumble upon a random letter on the path.You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter.

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry”…. “But I am”. These were the only words written in beautiful longhand on the outside of a small manila envelope, crumpled and stuffed in the chain link fence outside of what appeared to be a house that had not been lived in, in many years. Was this the home of the recipient? Where had he or she gone? Whoever the author of this brief but urgent message was, obviously had loved this particular individual very much and wanted to apologize, but for what?

Writing 101 (Day 4) : Today’s Prompt: Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more.

Today’s post is part one of a three-part series. The next two parts will be written in the coming days.

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry”…. “But I am”. These were the only words written in beautiful longhand on the outside of a small manila envelope, crumpled and stuffed in the chain link fence outside of what appeared to be a house that had not been lived in, in many years. Was this the home of the recipient? Where had he or she gone? Whoever the author of this brief but urgent message was, obviously had loved this particular individual very much and wanted to apologize, but for what?

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?

What Music Means To Me — Day 3: Writing 101

I love music. I love singing; I love playing music; and I love listening to music. There are so many important songs that reflect different important moments in my life that it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down to three, but I’ll try.

If you’ve read my post “The Tender Troubadour”, you’ll notice that my love for music began at a very young age. A child of the ‘60s, my first music influences came from folk songs.

In the late sixties, I spent many days, sometime months in the hospital, and the nurses’ station always had a radio, and when songs of the Fifth Dimension, the Archies, and many others, (that I can’t recall at the moment) came on the radio, I can remember asking the nurses to turn up the radio, and I would sing at the top of my lungs. It helped get me through the pain.

And I guess that’s what music does for me, it heals the pain, and I’m not just speaking of physical pain, but the pain of loss —  lost opportunities, disappointments, lost loves, and lost loved ones.

As many of you may already know, I was born with a physical disability, but if that physical disability had rendered me either hearing or visually impaired, I would not have the joy and blessing of experiencing music in life.

If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?

What you are about to read is my Day 2 assignment for Writing 101. I look forward to your comments.

If I could zoom through space in the speed of light, I’d run back into the arms of my first love and when we first met.

I met my first love when we were 12 years old. We were both musicians, or at least we were learning to be musicians. He already had a “girlfriend”, but as far as I was concerned the sun rose and set in glorious colors when he was around.

But he didn’t notice me. Not right away anyway.

Then one day, it happened. He walked up to me after music class, and said, “Here. I’d like you to be my girlfriend”. Into my hand he put a small gold-plated pin that resembled a treble clef. I was thrilled. It’s been nearly 42 years since that day, and that pin has been in every purse, backpack, and hospital room ever since.

At our 30th high school reunion (2009) we met up again, and I showed him that I still had the pin, and he was speechless, which he hardly ever was.

As I write this I wonder, when I come to his mind does he still think of me as his first love? I hope so, because in the arms of my first love I felt safe and protected.

3 EASY WAYS TO ENSURE TRAFFIC CONTINUALLY FLOWS THROUGH YOUR SITE

Elle shared some great advice for all of us in the world of blogging. Thanks so much! 😀

Finding Myself Through Writing

You want traffic flowing through your site don’t you? In and out, back and forth, all day and all night? Even if you say you are writing for writing’s sake,  you write to let off steam, to put your thoughts on paper, or to inform others of some subject dear to you and it’s very flattering and great for your ego when the traffic is flowing continually through your site.

So what do you do to ensure this? My thoughts on this subject may not be yours, but it works for me.

  • WRITE GOOD CONTENT – Do your research on the subject beforehand. After you write that good content, edit it! Make sure all your T’s are crossed and your I’s are dotted. Misspelled words are unforgivable in this day and age. Spell check is a finger-tap away – USE IT! Nothing irks me more than to wonder what was meant by a phrase when grammar is…

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