Sunday, January 25, 2015

Vroom! Vroom! Scootin’ Along...

As promised, and in perfect timing, I’m taking on Liz Shaw’s visual prompt of the week, having created an image of my own that’s inspiring me at the moment. The theme is ‘scottin-along’ and I used... and please, no fainting… but I drew the image using Powerpoint. Sigh.

BTW, I love her image. Linked HERE, look at that face. Ha.Ha. That expression says it all.

My question therefore is, 'why in the umph, can't I commit to keeping things simple?'

Visual Prompt of the Week #1279 – Scootin’ Along.

On an extra note, I posted my thoughts on Meg Bortin's memoir Desperate to Be a Housewife.

Currently I'm reading 'watercolored pearls' by Stacy Hawkins Adams.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Reading Commitment Gets Praiseworthy Ovation

My first reader who has taken on the challenge to read a page a day from a full-length book is now on Chapter Five!

This wager began at the beginning of the year; what started as a glib remark, muttering how I needed to motivate more, nearby, reluctant readers to read, has become a rewarding new year's resolution realized. Every other day I've been getting an update.

“Guess what? I’m on Chapter Two!” ...turned into, "this probably isn't much news to you but I'm now on Chapter Five..." That sentiment couldn't be further from the truth.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Power to the People!

Aargh! I was so mad with myself the other day! I can’t believe it, actually I can, it does happen... which is why I was so darn mad. tell me how I let a book cover sway me into thinking the story was going to be a little too sappy for my ‘last year’s’ mood?

I bought Desperate to Be a Housewife by Meg Bortin, probably when it first was published (2013), and read a page, but for some vague, unknown inexplicable reason put it aside...just not far enough away where I couldn’t lay my hand on it if I got real desperate. That’s the real irony working here. Why I kept the book so close by for so long without reading it.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

For the Die "Heart" Book Lovers

This post is for readers who not only enjoy talking about books, and writing their thoughts about books they’ve read, but who really want to be a part of increasing reading.

Increasing reading is particularly valuable for authors looking to build an audience. It is also beneficial to those in need of a way to manage the noise that disrupts our quality of life.

Now, while a book does not replace a doctor, medications, a chiropractor, psychologist, partner or soul mate... just as it won’t clean a house, babysit kids, or pay down expenses; it does enhance thinking and thus enriches perspectives that directly affects our quality of life.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Warms My Heart

My 2015 started with a number of inspiring credits.

First I have to slip in between the book creds, some love for Heart & Soul - SiriusXM Radio. Nothing gets my mornings and afternoons on track like listening to upbeat commentaries and inspiring R&B music. So thank you Mike Shannon and Cayman Kelly for getting me in gear to focus on this year!

Now here’s one of the creds that really tipped me over. I went to Facebook one day and happened to catch this post: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Starts Reading Program. I read the post and smiled and smiled.

And this one... well wait, I’ve got to share the backstory. I want to see reading increased, not only starting with young people, but for all people. That’s my focus this year; to continue working within my own circle to inspire reading when guess what? Okay, so you can’t guess what. I’ll have to tell you… A reluctant reader…but reluctant no more… has taken on my challenge to read a page a day from a full length book! Oh man, this really warms my heart.