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Monday Morning Mash-Up

It’s monday morning and I hope you all get a chance to settle into your favorite chair and sip your coffee/tea of choice.  My morning is starting with a banana bar my dad made!  Mmmm.  I’ve been trying to get to more blogs this week and see what everyone’s been up to.  Here’s my favorite reads from the past week, take your time and enjoy these great writers!  Happy monday!

Writers and Readers:

Pam Hawley blogged about writing letters to herself to overcome writer’s block in this past week’s Life List Club guest post.  She shows blankness who’s boss with humor and inspiration.

Marcia Richards interviews Jody Hedlund about her new book The Doctor’s Lady and what historical character from the Oregon Trail inspired her to write this book!

Renee Schuls-Jacobson blogs about learning from mistakes in The Day I Got It All Wrong.  Go on, laugh WITH her, and share your own learning opportunities if you feel comfortable.  Gotta tell you, Renee rocks!  You’ll be in a safe space!  As long as she’s not throwing things.

Sara Grambusch blogs about How to Pay (almost) Nothing for Books.  Her energy and enthusiasm for the reading process and writer connections will draw you in!

A MUST-READ for writers, Kristen Lamb blogs the 7 Deadly Sins of Writing.  She graciously shares her own learning experience and tips to beat these writing dead ends. 


Gene Lempp’s creature features are superb in his Designing from Bones series.  His post on Zoo Arcane: Pterodactyl, Luck Owl, Elder Phoenix was really fascinating to read and imagine encountering these animals.

Catie Rhodes dug up some fascinating spooky history in Ouija Board: Toy or Tool?  Read at your own risk! 

Pure Fun:

Piper Bayard and her partner Holmes take on your Labors of Love.  Do you have a question for Dr. Piper and Dr. Holmes?  Join in the fun as they solve all love’s conundrums, from True Blood love triangles to using nookie to entice your hubby to talk to you!  It’s rollicking Cupid-filled fun!

A fun new blogger I’ve met, Little Miss Vix, asks readers who their favorite Disney character is, and shares with us why she LOVES Beauty and Beast. 

Katie Ganshert shares her real life romance story with us, and asks you to share your own.  What kind of couple are you?  If you’re still looking, who do you imagine you’ll be?

Did I miss anything?  Share your favorite post links in the comments below and I promise to check them out!  I may even share my banana bar with you.  🙂

New Writers’ Network: The Life List Club

There’s been inspiration floating around the blogosphere lately and several writers have been infected.  No, it’s not the Zombie Apocalypse.  It’s a new club!  Fellow writer, Marcia Richards, and I have been going back and forth trying to think of a way for writers and readers to connect over their goals, their life lists.

Brainstorm baby:  The Life List Club!

We’re calling all writers and readers who are interested to post a new page to their blogs called The Life List.  It’ll be a page for you to make a list of all the things you desire to do in the next 12 months.  Make it however you like, it’s YOUR LIST!

Then follow along with other writers and readers as we encourage one another, learn from our mistakes, and celebrate our successes!  You’ll find a new sidebar with The Life List Blogroll on our pages, so check out more Life Lists!

And, we’re all about the social media here, so we’ll be guest posting every other Friday (and tomorrow) to share stories about how we achieve our goals.  Follow along, or become a member!  Marcia and I are heading up the rotation cycles for all those interested, so we’ll help you get ready.  All you need to do is COMMENT!  Share your own life list, your aha! moments, your milestones.

Virtual parties are what we do best (less cleanup), so be sure to pop in on Twitter using the hashtag #LifeListClub.  Help us spread the word and the love for anyone that’s interested in a totally awesome, fun-loving, support giving community of goal achievers!

Here are the writers who will be guest posting this Saturday along with myself!  Be sure to visit their Life Lists!

Marcia Richards

Jennie Bennett

Sonia Medeiros

Gene Lempp

Book Review and Giveaway: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

     I’m not so sure I liked Miss Brodie.  A month ago, when I won a free copy of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark, I was elated!  First of all, I won something!  Hooray!  And second of all, it was a book I was excited to read!  Double hooray!

Here’s how it all happened.  My friend, Marie, over at Little Interpretations always finds the coolest things book and library related to blog about!  One of the extremely cool things she did this year was participate in World Book Night.  WBN is an event that celebrates great reading by giving away 40,000 copies of each of the 25 chosen titles to distribute.  WBN books are meant to be shared.  Marie spent a few days giving away free books to people at coffee shops, bus stops, and everywhere else she went to encourage reading.  And of course, she gave one away through her blog, to me!

Here’s the thing about Miss Brodie, you can never quite pin point whether you like her or hate her.  It’s clear she’s a woman of influence, a schoolmistress in Edinburgh, Scotland, she regales her pupils with “history” lessons about past loves!  She keeps an arithmetic question written on the board in case the headmistress walks in.  She has a prize group of pupils known as the Brodie set, and takes them out to experience culture in art museums, operas, ballets.  She’s quick witted and can interject her languid tales with schoolmistress rules without batting an eye.

“Hail Caesar!” she cried again, turning radiantly to the window light, as if Caesar sat there…”Whoever has opened the window has opened it too wide,” said Miss Brodie.  “Six inches is perfectly adequate.  More is vulgar.”

You see, she invites you in, and can very easily, with little effort, boot you right back out!  She’s a complex literary character.  And much of the book encompasses her steady grasp over the minds of her Brodie set beyond their school girl days.  The author, Muriel Spark, has done a fascinating job creating her characters.  The girls for instance are introduced as Monica: famous mostly for mathematics and for her anger; Rose:  famous for sex; Eunice:  famous for gymnastics and swimming; Sandy:  famous for her small, non-existent eyes and her enrapturing vowel sounds; Jenny:  famous for her grace, and Mary:  “whose fame rested on being a silent lump, a nobody whom everybody could blame.”

The ongoing plight in the book is that the girls are both influenced by and keep secrets from Miss Brodie.  The headmistress, Miss Mackay, would be all too happy to have Miss Brodie gone from the Marcia Blaine School for Girls, and so begins the battle over these young pupils’ minds and loyalties.  The book carries a little something for everyone, and is extremely comical!  One example, is when Sandy and Jenny take turns writing a story about Miss Brodie’s love life and pretend one of the girls is captured and used as ransom until Miss Brodie proves her love for the man.

Jenny wrote:  With one movement he flung her to the farthest end of the hut and strode out into the moonlight and his strides made light of the drifting snow.

“Put in about his boots,” said Sandy.

Jenny wrote:  His high boots flashed in the moonlight.

“There are too many moonlights,” Sandy said, “but we can sort that later when it comes to publication.”

Miss Brodie leaves no subject unturned:  stories of war, stories of love, stories of politics and art and theater.  She has an opinion on everything, and so she should she is in her prime!

In honor of World Book Night, I’m hosting the same giveaway!  All you have to do is leave a comment below and at the end of the week I’ll do a random drawing of all the names and give away a free copy of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie!  Keep the read-a-thon going!  This book came from Scotland to Wisconsin, where will it go next? 

Page 56, Sentence 5

It’s National Book Week!  Time to celebrate, like this woman!

See, she knows how to party!  Grab the closest book to you, go to page 56, sentence 5, and copy it into my comments.  Paste these instructions in your own blog and see how many book lines you can read.  Don’t give away the book unless someone asks though!  It’s more fun to see all the different quotes and guess where they came from.  Here’s my book quote:

“Let’s waddle home, kids,” Dad would say.

Happy reading and writing during National Book Week!  Quick it’s almost over, participate now!

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