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I Ask For Your Forgiveness

This evening it was brought to my attention by one of my blog followers that it had been over a month since I had last posted. I could be glib and say that time flies when you’re having fun, while that would in part be true, I really have no excuse except to say that I’ve been selfish, wrapped up in my life, and forgot about you my loyal readers and followers, and that pains me greatly. So I ask your forgiveness, and hopefully, I can forgive myself for this transgression, and get back to the business at hand of inspiring, entertaining, and sharing my life with you. So, can we wipe the slate clean and move on? I hope so.

When last I wrote, I was in the midst of getting your opinions of the first lines of my novel to present to James Patterson for his critique. Well, the critique process has come and gone, and yours truly did not get picked to have Mr. Patterson critique my work. Yes, I buried my head in the sand for a few days, wondering what I could have done to capture his attention, and then I thought, “you dummy, you’re being taught by a master writer.” Time to dust myself off, square my shoulders, and press on for the next opportunity to get a critique.

I’ve been reading as many writing reference books that I can get my hands on. Yes, I’ve even sneaked in some pleasure reading along the way, too! More later on that subject. I have solidified where my book begins, its progression, and its resolution, as well as its cast of characters. No, I haven’t written a formal outline…still resisting that one. But eventually I’m sure I will have to break down and do it. NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) will begin in November, so I’m hopeful that I will have enough material ready to hit the ground running and get the novel written and finished in the month of November.

On my health, I continue to make progress in my recovery.  I see the specialist one week from today, so I ask for your prayers that he will declare me healed, and discharge me from his care so that this long ordeal can be put behind me, and move on to bigger and greater adventures.

Lastly, if you’ve followed my blog since it’s beginning, you’ll recall a blog post about my doctor and friend, Dr. Francis K. Moll, Jr. We had been corresponding via mail very regularly, and then his letters suddenly stopped. I attributed this to summer vacation visiting his children and grandchildren. At the end of July, a  long-awaited letter arrived with news that stopped me dead in my tracks.  In May, my dear friend was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I headed back to Google to learn all I could about this disease, and then wrote him a very long letter. And so the waiting begins again, watching the mailbox for a letter. Please pray for him and his family. If only I could jump on a plane and fly to his side to be there with him, I would but that’s not possible. So for the foreseeable future, my sole focus will be to write this book, bind it in some way, and send it to him for his birthday in November.  Maybe that will help me stay focused so I don’t sit here in California, wishing I was in Georgia holding his hand, and willing him to survive.

Well friends, that’s about all I have to share tonight. Oh, one more thing, have you heard about this new hobby for adults — adult coloring books? Yep, I got bitten by the bug! I always loved coloring as a little girl, and I’m finding it calming. Thinking I might send some of my creations to the good doctor to cheer him up.

Until next time (I promise it won’t be a month between posts)  …. “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”

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” — From Book To Motion Picture

Welcome To Friday 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

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

Welcome to Friday 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! 😀

Friday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — Characters

Welcome to Friday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books”!  Today’s discussion topic is characters — those we’ve loved, and those we’ve not so loved.  As a writer, I’m constantly creating characters, and the questions below are some that I use as a blueprint to create them. If you’re reading a book, and I hope you are, pick up that book and let’s look at/discuss the characters in it. Consider the questions below as you read:

1. Describe the main character—personality traits, motivations, inner qualities.

2.  Describe the dynamics between characters (in a marriage, family, or friendship).

3. Do you admire or disapprove of them?

4. Do they remind you of people you know?

5.  Is there a change in the main character by the end of the book?

6. Does he/she grow or mature?

7. Does he/she learn something about themselves and how the world works?

 

BONUS DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (For Extra Credit– LOL):

1. Of all the books you’ve read in your lifetime, is there a character that has stuck with you?

2.  Which one? From what book?

3. What types of characters are you drawn to? Which ones do you shy away from? Why?

Note: I hope you won’t think of these questions as “homework” but as simply discussion starters or to help you to become a more engaged/active reader. I’ll be sharing my current read over the weekend. Stay tuned!! 😀

 

 

 

Friday 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?

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”

My Introduction

My name is Beth, but my closest friends call me “Bethie”, and many of them have encouraged me to start writing a blog. So here I am! I’m sure you’ve noticed my photo and wondered why I’m sitting on my bed covered with an indian print blanket. For the better part of 2014, I have been recovering from two surgeries and subsequent bone infections. I was born with spina bifida (http://www.sbaa.org) and live my life from a wheelchair.

I love to read and I love to write so what you’ll find here are my writings, musings, reviews of books I’ve read, and beginning in 2015 of my adventure into writing The Great American Novel.

As a modern weaver of words and creator of prose, I’ve created this blog, “Bethie’s Place”, for the lover of both fiction and non-fiction, for the young as well as the young-at-heart, using both extraordinary and the ordinary person as central characters for my writings, bridging my love of things old (history) and the ever-changing 21st century world we live in. So in the coming days, weeks, months, and hopefully years to come, I hope I will inspire you, make you smile, and bring a little extra special joy to your day!

Come join me on my journey!! Let’s talk books and writing!

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