Monday, February 28, 2011

Stephen King vs. Lucy Maud Montgomery

"'He splattered," my mother said in her most matter-of-fact tone. She paused, then added, "The stuff that came out of him was green.  I have never forgotten it."
  That makes two of us, Mom.
~ On Writing ~ Stephen King ~

"Matthew-Matthew- what is the matter?  Matthew, are you sick?"
 They were both too late; before they could reach him Matthew had fallen across the threshold.
  Anne looked at the still face and there beheld the seal of the Great Presence.
~Anne of Green Gables~ Lucy Maud Montgomery ~

 Yes, I'm reading On Writing by Stephen King.  

I was hesitant to read it as it was Stephen King and I cannot watch his movies... let alone read his books!  But... this is a book about the writing process... HIS writing process... so i dug my heels in, opened the cover and began.  3 forwards!  That was a lot... but i didn't actually mind as he kept them nice and short... I liked that.  I was thinking, Hey! He's not that bad :)  He even mentioned a book for me to look for... The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.  

Looks great, esp when E.B. White is in it, as you know i was reading his books... again lol

    2nd forward... Stephen King said the word DIVINE! Wow!  I couldn't wait to get on with this surprising book :)  I begin chapter one... Poor Steve gets hurt when he was 2... how on earth did he remember this?? I felt sorry for him.  I keep on.  Beer drinking husband... hmmm ... feelers are twitching... Eula-Beulah... uh-oh!!  Trouble here... what a horrible babysitter! I keep on.  Death... splattering.. green...  oh my.. what have i gotten myself into... next part finishes me off.. poison ivy... in unmentionable parts... that was it!  The language.. The horrible descriptions... I was not impressed at all. 

    So, what do I do?... I post to my wonderful Writing Warriors  always welcoming new members, btw ;) 
I find out I'm not alone, and it's all right to skip to the next chapter - Toolbox.  

    What did i think?... I LOVED IT!  A couple harsh words, but it was all writing helps... and such help it was!  He's a wonder, that's for sure.  I wrote down all i could in my writing journal which i'm still keep, thankfully :)   
  I'll write some of his helps in another post once I gather up some more.  
    I finished Toolbox the other night, but haven't started the next chapter.  I need a fix... a Lucy Maud Montgomery fix.. and this reading can still go in with my writing works, as I am learning beginnings, characters, paragraphing, etc. ;) and now I'll relearn with LMM :)  for calmness, peace, and kind words.  Plus as an added bonus, it's my @1935 edition :) never read this one yet !

 I don't have my camera here so googled for a pic of my book and found it right here.. Library and Archives of Canada   It has a great write up on the book.  Lots more books there to search for also. 

I want to end with my Positive and Thankfulness... it's a good idea to do this every day.  Say one thing positive about yourself and one thing that you are Thankful for.  It's very hard to say a positive thing about yourself...but you'll feel better... I promise :) 

I'm an awesome reader.  I can't imagine not reading a delicious, friendly book.  I am proud to have many books around my Ingleside.
I am thankful for the snow...most hate it and despise it, but I'm thankful I live on PEI where there are winters and beautiful snow.

Go grab a hot chocolate then a nice book.  One that your working on reading, or one that you have been trying to read and no time.  15 minutes... that's all you need... sit and relax... 
Don't forget your fluffy blanket to cozy up in!

 that's my Canadian edition of Anne :) 
Yeah, I hate getting my picture taken lol

Now it's your turn.  Can YOU say something positive hsrd about yourself and something you are thankful easy for?  I'd love to hear them :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

New Look Coming... Twitter Update...

I can't wait til you all see the new header that a wonderful friend is making for me.  It's going to have some of my favorite things in it :) Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud, butterflies, PEI, fairies.. God's love.. : all wrapped up into one beautiful header.

 As for the name, it's been voted and Denise Bruce of Ingleside has won :)  I like that, as it's me.  No one else has this name for a blog and it's got "ME" written all over it.  I've been using this handle for many, many years now and a wonderful writing friend told me to use it as the blog's title.  I never thought of it, I should say, but once she said it, it just fit :)

  So this post will be boring, as no pictures, but soon.  I have ideas for the blog too... ideas that I like and I'm sure you will too :)

  I joined Twitter too!  @DeniseBruce22 is my handle there.  Denise of Ingleside was too long.. argh... I'm still getting the hang of it, but getting there... and have found some wonderful kindred spirits who love Anne, books, gardening, life, God.. it's great :)

  Still reading up on writing books and tips.  Finished Nancy Lamb's book and now reading A.A. Milne's Winnie-The-Pooh 

Hey!  It's a pic lol... I've read it before, but am now reading it to learn more about 3rd person omniscient, which is how I'm writing Rilla's Ramblings.  I'll be reworking it soon... so excited about that and so can't wait!

  I also am keeping my treasured book by Lucy Maud Montgomery close to me to keep me inspired; The Alpine Path.  

"Then whisper, blossom, in thy sleep
  How I may upward climb
The Alpine path, so hard, so steep,
  That leads to heights sublime;
How I may reach that far-off goal
  Of true and honoured fame,
And write upon its shining scroll
  A woman's humble name."

This keeps me going and believing in myself.
Thank you, Lucy Maud.  I am "me" because of "you".

Thank You to all my followers.. I, very muchly, appreciate it <3

Thursday, February 10, 2011