This is the post where I update my 2023 Reading Challenge Stats, discuss what I’ve been watching/listening to, and as part of a new twist, I’ve decided to add in five writing prompts. I’m doing something like this at my Substack, and thought I would try it here, but this will probably be the only “repetitive” post between the two places this month.
2023 Book Challenge Additions:
29. The Posy Book: Garden-Inspired Bouquets That Tell a Story by Teresa H. Sabankaya is a beautiful book on posy creation and the language of flowers with how-to tips, sample bouquets, and gorgeous photography. Non-fiction. Special interest.
30. The Ghost Cat, Totem #5 by Christine Rains is a paranormal, shifter urban fantasy set in Alaska and is the fifth book in a series about three polar bear shapeshifting sisters. These books are warm to slightly heated romance, but with closed doors, and the suspense and paranormal elements, along with the character and plot development create enjoyable satisfying reads. Urban Paranormal Fantasy Romance.
31. Write Your Own Cake: A Worldbuilding Essay by Jennifer Estep is a short eBook read for authors utilizing the cake layering method for world-building. Non-fiction. Writing.
32. Your Writing Matters: How to Banish Self-Doubt, Trust Yourself, and Go the Distance by Colleen M. Story is a great non-fiction read for authors at the beginning or middle of their journey. Non-fiction. Writing.
33. Being Mary Bennet by J.C. Peterson is a YA Romance read with strong ties to Pride and Prejudice, but even if you aren’t into the original Bennet sisters, read this book. It’s good. While this book doesn’t hide from heartbreak or tough circumstances, it does show great character growth in Marne, the main character who realizes suddenly that she is the Mary Bennet family. Determined to break her habits, she goes on a transformational journey with plenty of bumps and turns along the way. This book is sweet and heartwarming, but also thought-provoking and sometimes hard to read. I laughed and cried. YA Contemporary Coming of Age with some Romance.
Listening/Pivot and Watching
I’ve been listening to a few podcasts lately. One Hope Church has a Lenten Bible Study podcast, and then I’ve also checked out a few other podcasts that I might share next week.
While I meant to give up some film/show time for Lent, I had a change of heart (pivot), and decided to do some intermittent fasting from food, and some fasting from negative self-talk/general grouchiness. So, I have been watching a few things, like:
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania: So much fun! I loved the world-building and the wild variety of life in the quantum realm. Nicely done, MCU. Admittedly, I would have left out a few scenes, but I liked this movie overall.
The Jesus Revolution: I laughed, cried, clapped, and yes, watched this in a very full theater. If you are curious, or you are already a Christian, I recommend it.
5 Writing Prompts
- Imagine a character overhearing an unexpected conversation that disturbs them What do they do?
- At the crime scene in the house of a known recluse, something stood out to the Detective. What was it?
- The Chinese fan on her windowsill reminds her of when…
- Out of the merry band of friends in a photo on her desk, only two remained alive. The others…
- The senior living home’s new management had to do something soon; the residents were moving out in droves. So, the manager decided to…
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