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Mandy’s Year in Books – Goodreads.

December 29, 2016
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This is a cool graphic from Goodreads – detailing your year’s reading. If you are on Goodreads – take a look at your book reading chart.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2016/5477628?utm_source=fb

Why not share yours here? Recommend books here too.

Q&A 7 Deadly sins of books

March 12, 2015
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I couldn’t resist having a go at this writerly ‘tag’ post. Thank you to: https://romance4thebeach.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/tag-seven-deadly-sins-of-reading/  for allowing me to snag it.

7 sins tag

 

greed

Defined as: An intense and selfish desire for something.

 What is your most expensive book?

This depends on how you define ‘expensive’. I treasure the book I received for an art contest when I was in primary school – The Story of Hiawatha. Not only did I want to win the contest but in particular this first prize. The book is slightly worn but I will never let it go – it is my treasure and irreplaceable.

hiawatha

https://mandyevebarnett.com/2014/09/19/stories-that-stay-with-you/ 

wrath

Defined as: Extreme anger.

 What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

A difficult question as I accept most writers as we approach, create and write in our own unique way. However, poorly written, constructed and badly edited books really upset me. Obviously there are the ‘Grey’ books, which are awful but also hastily published ebooks and some paperback books that you know were not given the proper time and effort to edit, revise and review. Poor craftsmanship reflects badly on the author and alienates your readership.

gluttony

Defined as: Intense over-indulgence.

What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

One that stirs my imagination every time I read it. Ferney by James Long. It is exquisitely written and I re-read it often.

FERNEY

Sloth

Defined as: a reluctance to work or make an effort.

What book have you neglected to read due to laziness?

A couple of freelancer guide books are awaiting completion on my shelves due to not having a block of time to study them in detail and take copious notes!

Pride

Defined as: satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

To be honest I can’t think of one in particular. It depends on the situation and the theme of the discussion. I will refer to a book that would inspire others, help define or make my point.

lust

Defined as: a strong sexual desire.

What attributes do you find attractive in male characters?

I do not genre prefer characters in narratives. If a character is strong, capable (or even especially wicked) I enjoy their personality and mission.

envy

 

Defined as: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.

What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

A signed copy of the first edition of Carrie by Stephen King. He is the ultimate storyteller and this edition would be placed underneath the personal letter I received from Stephen.

I’m tagging:

adrienne morris

http://distraction99.com/

https://rachelcarrera.wordpress.com/about/

https://authordylanhearn.wordpress.com/about/

https://writerbeeblog.wordpress.com/about/

Why don’t you take the quiz?

Good Writing and Story Structure in TV programs…

May 2, 2014
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We all have our favorite TV series, whether current or past but what makes them appeal to us? The writing has to be excellent with a strong plot line and characters we can love. I admit I’m behind the times in watching Breaking Bad (my main evening pursuit is writing!) but I was persuaded to watch one episode and got hooked. Rather than empathizing with Skylar, the mother figure, protecting her children, I really loved Walt and disliked the wife. This seems to be a common feeling among the audience and one that surprised the writer and producer.

See this link for interesting facts about the series: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/seven-things-you-might-not-know-about-breaking-bad-20140502-37lp2.html

When I thought about Walt, I remembered that I loved J.R. Ewing not the sappy Bobby! Do we love a villain above a goody two shoes? Obviously, the style and writing of these two programs is vastly different but both had bad boys that were the main characters. An alternative is Dr. Who, always the hero of the story, no matter how he is portrayed in his numerous guises.

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Writers have come and gone in many long running series, but keep to the main characteristics (most of the time!) so we continue to love our favorite characters. We become engaged in their ‘lives’ and miss them, as if they were real when the series ends or is discontinued. Take for example my impatience to watch the last season of Dexter. I know it is the final one but I miss the character a lot.

Another series I found was Weeds, which is, to my mind, a tongue in cheek story line. It is obviously unrealistic as drug runners are not as accomodating as the one’s encountered during Nancy’s naive pot supplying antics. It leaves many questions unanswered in why a surburb housewife would be able to do what Nancy does and for the most part get away with it. If you view the episodes light-heartedly and as a piece of fun then it is enjoyable.

Which TV series do you find compelling – past or current?

What makes them your favorite?

Fun Day Prompt:

Write a scene using your favorite character from a series you love or loved.

 

 

 

 

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