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MasterClass

Dear friends, on 5/21/15 I signed up for an online course called MasterClass. It is a course in novel writing, taught via video by best-selling author James Patterson. As you can imagine, I’m excited, and part of my first assignment is to share on social media my commitment to writing 500 words per day, and to ask friends to hold me accountable and if you should desire to further help me along this endeavor, to provide feedback as my project progresses.

For those of you who read my Friday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books”, I will be shifting its focus to sharing what I’ve written each week and asking for your feedback, criticism, and ideas to make the book better along the way.  It’s because of you, that I’ve decided to take this leap of faith and I hope you’ll join me.

Blessings, “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” — 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

 

 

Stephen King Quote On Writing

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For those who are new to blogging and creative writing, whether it be poetry, short story, or the Great American Novel, think about this quote and heed Mr. King’s advice…I know I will…. 😀

 

 

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