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Susans Writers and Book Readers
« on: May 21, 2018, 06:59:06 pm »
Hello @DannyM  ... this thread has been dormant for many years but there is absolutely no reason that we can not resurrect it and garner some interest from other members if we start actively posting interesting replies on it.

I belong to a small local book club with 6 members and we are all now reading "The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn

What books are you now reading and do you belong to a book club group or writers group where you live?   What kinds of books interest you.

Please, let's do this
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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 05:09:14 pm »
Here is a simple piece that I wrote about Life's Lessons:


  Life is a lump of clay,
     Waiting for life's lessons
     To shape and to mold it. 
  Each piece shaped to perfection
     By a different lesson
  Some lessons are more difficult
     And take more time,
  Others are simple and sublime.



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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2018, 05:36:02 pm »
Here is a simple piece that I wrote about Life's Lessons:


  Life is a lump of clay,
     Waiting for life's lessons
     To shape and to mold it. 
  Each piece shaped to perfection
     By a different lesson
  Some lessons are more difficult
     And take more time,
  Others are simple and sublime.



Danielle

 

Beautiful Danielle!

If this is also to nominate good reads, might I mention ....
the Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean Auel.
It’s a tale of a woman in a land in the far distant past.
Based loosely on historical finds of our ancestors and those who slipped off the the map, but who are still part of us.

There six books in the series, a worthy read.

Hugs and smiles, Jess
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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2018, 05:47:45 pm »
Beautiful Danielle!

If this is also to nominate good reads, might I mention ....
the Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean Auel.
It’s a tale of a woman in a land in the far distant past.
Based loosely on historical finds of our ancestors and those who slipped off the the map, but who are still part of us.

There six books in the series, a worthy read.

Hugs and smiles, Jess

@Jessica   Jess, thank you for your input and book suggestions...
... and thank you for your reply on this new thread.... all contributions are most welcome.
Hugs,
Danielle
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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2018, 09:31:39 pm »
Always happy to find fellow readers! Unfortunately, I don't have a book club right now. Instead, I have a coworker, with whom I swap books when we've finished whatever we're reading. I've turned him on to Terry Pratchett recently, so I think this is working out well.

I tend to read from a pretty wide swath of genres, but mostly stick with Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Humanist literature. There are a couple of books that I end up returning to with some regularity, simply because their themes just resonate with me so much.

Kurt Vonnegutt, for all his faults, is one of the main reasons I am the person I am today. I discovered "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" at around 20, and it changed me immensely. For those who haven't yet read it, the primary theme is kindness in the face of adversity. It's not the most amazingly written book or anything, but the fact that so broken a man could stand up to everyone in the world at once and say "We have to be kind, even if we don't like them." really hit home hard, and has helped me to realize how insular I'd been in my adolescence.

He also wrote my other favorite book, "Bluebeard". It deals heavily with the meaning and intent of art and the artist from a very personal viewpoint. It has helped me appreciate the creations of others so much more. When you go to a modern art gallery, and see a painting of a single shade of orange with one black dot in the middle, most people would say "My kid could do that". Mr. Vonnegutt points out that they are missing the point. The art doesn't represent anything but the artists own emotion. It's purpose isn't to stir a specific emotion from the viewer, but to stir ANY emotion. Whatever you felt looking at the painting, that's what it was meant to bring out in you. It's a mirror, not a representation. You look at the image, and what you see has come from within you.

(I can tend to get really passionate about art, literature, and music. Let me know if I'm being too much please) :embarrassed:

I'm also attempting to write more often now. Specifically, I've been working on-and-off on a gay romance/drama novel. It's still well in its infancy though, at only a 35 page skeleton draft and an ever growing pile of notes and ideas. One day I'll feel ready to merge everything together... Other than that, mostly angsty poetry that stays on the hard drive, and random short fiction to test out ideas.

Looking forward to other folks' views. I'm probably going to be checking this thread regularly  ;D

--Quick edit--

For those of you interested in starting to write, or feeling stuck in your writing, I'm going to highly recommend a couple of books that have been immensely helpful to me.

"The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great" by Donald Maass, and the companion workbook "Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook" by the same.

Both books cover a wide range of topics to help flesh out your story, make your characters more alive, and to to help you find your voice when writing.
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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2018, 02:45:01 pm »
 
MY LIFE

Danielle-
Exciting, happy, loving, optimistic, and spontaneous.
To my parents I am son and daughter all in one.
Who enjoys summer vacations, camping trips, hiking, and shopping sprees.
Who loves winter activities, snow, skiing, building snow men, and getting into snowball fights with friends.
Who feel the excitement for each new day and new opportunities to tackle.
Who is sad when people don't get along, and feels happiness in the start of a new friendship.
Who needs weekends, sunny days, and my friends.
Who gives smiles, help, empathy, and friendship without being asked.
Who fears spiders, mice, loneliness, and disease.
Who would like to see the River Nile, the Taj Mahal, and Antarctica.
Who lives in a very small town in a Blue house in the cold north in Alaska.

Alaskan Danielle
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Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2018, 03:17:19 pm »

MY LIFE

Danielle-
Exciting, happy, loving, optimistic, and spontaneous.
To my parents I am son and daughter all in one.
Who enjoys summer vacations, camping trips, hiking, and shopping sprees.
Who loves winter activities, snow, skiing, building snow men, and getting into snowball fights with friends.
Who feel the excitement for each new day and new opportunities to tackle.
Who is sad when people don't get along, and feels happiness in the start of a new friendship.
Who needs weekends, sunny days, and my friends.
Who gives smiles, help, empathy, and friendship without being asked.
Who fears spiders, mice, loneliness, and disease.
Who would like to see the River Nile, the Taj Mahal, and Antarctica.
Who lives in a very small town in a Blue house in the cold north in Alaska.

Alaskan Danielle


Love it.....it’s you🌸🌸🌸🌸

Hugs and smiles, Jess
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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2018, 09:40:40 pm »
 
     Recipe for life long FREINDSHIPS

      -Spend time together
     -Respect for each other
     -Gently Coach and Encourage
     -Unconditional Friendship
     -Love and Empathy
     -Listening without judgement
     -Sincere Compliments and Loving Critique

First, gather your friends one by one or all together and season them with friendship and love.
Add to the mixture a lifetime of respect and understanding differing viewpoints.
Fold in empathy and lending an ear without judgement.
Carefully whip in Compliments and Loving Critique.
Mix all of the ingredients together and slowly add patience and time until well mixed.


      Danielle



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A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2018, 09:53:18 pm »
 
     Recipe for life long FREINDSHIPS

      -Spend time together
     -Respect for each other
     -Gently Coach and Encourage
     -Unconditional Friendship
     -Love and Empathy
     -Listening without judgement
     -Sincere Compliments and Loving Critique

First, gather your friends one by one or all together and season them with friendship and love.
Add to the mixture a lifetime of respect and understanding differing viewpoints.
Fold in empathy and lending an ear without judgement.
Carefully whip in Compliments and Loving Critique.
Mix all of the ingredients together and slowly add patience and time until well mixed.

      Danielle


I love this recipe!  Obviously you have practiced this numerous times to be a master chef in preparing it.  Deserving to be served at a Michelin star restaurant!

Hugs and smiles, Jess
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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2018, 11:39:51 pm »
Here is the new book that my book club will be reading... 
...looks like a good one for all of us here on Susan's Place as well..
 
         

Overview

More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us by Steve Leder
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Every one of us sooner or later walks through hell. The hell of being hurt, the hell of hurting another. The hell of cancer, the hell of a reluctant, thunking shovel full of earth upon the casket of someone we deeply loved, the hell of betrayal, the hell of betraying, the hell of divorce, the hell of a kid in trouble . . . the hell of knowing that this year, like any year, may be our last. We all walk through hell. The point is not to come out empty-handed. . . . There is real and profound power in the suffering we endure if we transform that suffering into a more authentic, meaningful life.

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***QUESTION for the writers and readers here:
What books are you presently reading?  Please post your thoughts here on this thread.
Danielle
***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2018, 11:00:58 pm »
 
***QUESTION for the writers and readers here:

WRITERS:  What kinds of things are you writing about?  Short Stories?  Poems?  Brief Ramblings?
I would like it if you posted anything you would like to on this thread...

READERS:  What books are you presently reading?  Please post about the books that you are reading and your thoughts here on this thread. 
If you have any favorite quotations please share them here.

Danielle
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The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 40

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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2018, 05:15:27 pm »
Update 12 May, 2018... my local Book Club womens group:

Well, we are just about half-way through our present book "More Beautiful Than Before" that I detailed in my June 05 posting on this thread.
Frankly and most apparently that is a book that we all need to read... so very helpful as we endure those difficult moments in our lives.   You might want to check it out next time you go to you bookstore or check online.
So, anyway our group leader has preliminarily selected our next book that we will start after we finish reading and discussing....
"More Beautiful Than Before"
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Here is the new book, an Alaska Romance book... "Alaska Skies" .... since we are all Alaska Women this should be an interesting read for sure.
(left click each picture to enlarge)
   

***To my followers:  Hello out there!  So, is anyone regularly following this thread yet?? .... 
Please share your reading activities and also you can post some of your brief writings and poems.
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The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 40

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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2018, 01:16:17 am »
Update 12 May, 2018... my local Book Club womens group:

Well, we are just about half-way through our present book "More Beautiful Than Before" that I detailed in my June 05 posting on this thread.
Frankly and most apparently that is a book that we all need to read... so very helpful as we endure those difficult moments in our lives.   You might want to check it out next time you go to you bookstore or check online.
So, anyway our group leader has preliminarily selected our next book that we will start after we finish reading and discussing....
"More Beautiful Than Before"
-    -    -    -    -    -    -

Here is the new book, an Alaska Romance book... "Alaska Skies" .... since we are all Alaska Women this should be an interesting read for sure.
(left click each picture to enlarge)
 

***To my followers:  Hello out there!  So, is anyone regularly following this thread yet?? .... 
Please share your reading activities and also you can post some of your brief writings and poems.


Oh my yes, I have been following, but have not had time to read anything short of posts on Susan’s and the morning paper recently. 
I am composing a short story that may be ready soon to add to this thread.

Hugs and smiles, Jess
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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2018, 01:36:02 pm »
I would love to stop time... and then pause in my favorite moments in this life.
One of those moments has just about gone past ....
On June 21 the Spring Season ENDS and the Summer BEGINS... 
...since Spring is my favorite season I wrote this little piece about what I like about Springtime.


     After the winter season ends and finally Spring arrives,
     I rejoice when death is defeated by fragile sprouts and blossoms.
     Sprouts and blossoms that refuse to die,
     And are surrounded by bare branches and lifeless soil.

     In just a few weeks, the landscape that was once naked
     Soon becomes fully adorned plants, bushes and trees,
     Once again clothed in bright and fragrant blossoms and flowers.

     I can never get enough of Springtime, the sights, sounds and fragrances,
     I want time to stand still.
                                   -Danielle


NOTE: Please if you are reading this thread it would be wonderful for me to read some of your submissions here if you feel so led to do so.
Danielle
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The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 40

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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2018, 01:08:06 pm »
This thread is turning out to be mostly a repository of only my thoughts and writings... which in itself is fine, I love to write and share my feelings and thoughts, but it would be very nice to see other members submissions on here.
Please, if you feel led, and have some writings that you want to share, or perhaps a book that you are reading that you want others to know about, PLEASE compose a reply post... I will be most appreciative of what you share.

                           WATCHING OUR WORDS

         The person who has to eat their own words never asks for a second helping.

            If a thing will go without saying - then let it go.

            Give a wide berth to those that have an uncanny ability for compressing
                a minimum of thought into a maximum of words.

            When there is nothing more to be said, the foolish will still continue saying it.

            Watch the words that we say, and keep them respectful, soft and sweet. 
                For we don't know which ones we will have to eat.

            A wise old owl sat in an oak;
                The more he saw the less he spoke;
            The less he spoke, the more he heard.
                Why can't we be like that old bird?

            God gave us two Ears and only one Mouth,
                It would be wise for us to keep that fact in perspective.
                Listen more, speak less and when you do speak, think first.
               
            Spoken words are just like sending a letter or an email,
                Once it is sent or spoken, it can not be retrieved

                                           
                                                               -Danielle

***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 40

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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2018, 10:34:43 am »
NOTICE:
OK... now that you have come here and I have your attention, please consider stopping playing games on your electronic devices, turning off your DVD player or Netflix...

... and instead think about picking up a real book and perhaps do some relaxing and therapeutic reading, and also you might pick up a  pen and paper and write down some thoughts that you would like to share. 

Heaven knows that I am not good at writing and structuring poetry but I like to write stuff like that anyway ... obviously not in correct form as you can see from my submissions here on this thread, but I submit it anyway with the hope that some readers will glean some of what I am thinking at the time.... plus I find it relaxing and allows me to ponder my feelings and share with others.

This thread is turning out to be mostly a repository of only my thoughts and writings... which in itself is fine, I love to write and share my feelings and thoughts, but it would be very nice to see other members submissions on here.

Please, if you feel led, and have some writings that you want to share, or perhaps a book that you are reading that you want others to know about, PLEASE compose a reply post... I will be most appreciative of what you share.

Thank you for coming here... I will be eagerly awaiting your reply postings.
Hugs,
Danielle
***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 40

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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2018, 01:58:49 pm »
Update 12 May, 2018... my local Book Club womens group:

Well, we are just about half-way through our present book "More Beautiful Than Before" that I detailed in my June 05 posting on this thread.
Frankly and most apparently that is a book that we all need to read... so very helpful as we endure those difficult moments in our lives.   You might want to check it out next time you go to you bookstore or check online.
So, anyway our group leader has preliminarily selected our next book that we will start after we finish reading and discussing....
"More Beautiful Than Before"
-    -    -    -    -    -    -

Here is the new book, an Alaska Romance book... "Alaska Skies" .... since we are all Alaska Women this should be an interesting read for sure.
(left click each picture to enlarge)
 

***To my followers:  Hello out there!  So, is anyone regularly following this thread yet?? .... 
Please share your reading activities and also you can post some of your brief writings and poems.


We enjoyed the whole 'Alaskan' series by Debbie MacComber. I believe that there are three books in that series!

Presently reading Barbara Kingsolver's 'Pigs in Heaven'.
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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2018, 07:34:42 pm »
We enjoyed the whole 'Alaskan' series by Debbie MacComber. I believe that there are three books in that series!

Presently reading Barbara Kingsolver's 'Pigs in Heaven'.

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Dear Kelly:  Thank your for reading this thread and posting your comment.
YES, there are indeed 3 books in that Alaskan series, if the first book goes well with my book club group we will move on to another in the series.

ahhhh, Pigs in Heaven... I have read both books by Barbara Kingsolver ...  The Bean Trees her first book. 
Her 2nd book is likewise very good... Pigs in Heaven ... more about Alice & Taylor Greer, Turtle, Cherokee and the story continues .... it is a very good read for sure. 
Please keep this thread posted as you care to comment when reading it.

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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2018, 08:25:01 pm »
Pick up a "real book"?  But what will I do with all the audio books I have yet to listen to that I have purchased?

  When I was working I would listen to my audio books regularly. Once I stopped working I do not listen to them anywhere as much. The exception can be during my road trips as when I am driving is when I listened to them most often. I haven't "read" a paper book in years, perhaps in decades.

  I mainly listen to sci-fi and fantasy books but an occasional drama/ thriller/mystery are not unheard of. Before I got interrupted by a couple trans books I was listening to R.A. Salvatore's World of Drizzt books. They are a series of series all telling the adventures of Drizzt Do-Urden, a dark Elf who is a warrior in the dark elf underground cities. However he breaks with the ruthless matriarchal societal views and must flee for his life eventually making his way to the surface and learning to live with the various societies he encounters there.
  The Drizzt books are a Sci-Fi Fantasy adventure series of books. Lots of action.

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  Laurie

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Re: Susans Writers and Book Readers
« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2018, 11:51:12 pm »
Do ebooks count as real? I do prefer paper, but it's sometimes so much less expensive to buy them that I succumb to the temptation.

As for audio books—I must confess I've never listened to one (unless of course the books our parents read to us in the evenings and those we read to each other while darning socks and such count as such.)

Of the recent real paper books I've read, I really liked Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor. To me the both the narration and characters feel comfortably close and familiar. In fact, surprisingly so despite the setting being quite alien. Also, despite the severity of the underlying circumstances, walking within Onyesonwu makes me simultaneously sad, happy and serene.

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