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Welcome!
 

The best resource for any writer, new or experienced, is to read.  Read anything--it doesn't matter what--as long as you do!  In doing so, you will ascertain a basic understanding of writing fundamentals; serving as the foundation you will need to refine your skills.  As you learn the craft by whatever means you choose, you'll quickly realize that you've picked up elements of writing that you hadn't even realized you knew.  Terms like: pacing, Point of View (POV), voice, characterization, will be more easily understood once defined, and sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary should flow and consistent.

 

On that note ...
 
This is what I'm reading ...

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Book Group Reads:

 

I joined a book group a year ago through my good friend Cindy, and through this experience I’ve learned:

 

—we are all very diverse in our personalities, lifestyles, and convictions,

 

—these are exactly the attributes that make our gatherings so profoundly enriching and fun,

 

—they’re a great bunch of women that I’ve come to know and enjoy!

 

What we are reading as of January 2004:  Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf.
 
Meeting date: February 6th, at my house.
 
Results:  Only one of us finished it!
 
Read instead: Hot Flash Club, by Nancy Thayer
 
Result:  Thumbs up, though her earlier novels were much better.
 
August: A Question of Attraction" by David Nicholls, at Lisa's house.
 

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Personal Reads:

JANUARY: 
 
Lucky, Alice Seabold
Girls of Summer, Barbara Bretton
 
FEBRUARY:
 
Painted by the Sun, Elizabeth Grayson*
(*AKA Karyn Witmer-Gow is an author friend of mine)
 
Judging contest entries
 
MARCH/APRIL:
 
Judging contest entries
 
MAY:
 
Re-read "The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks, in preparation for the upcoming movie release.
 
Say When, Elizabeth Berg
 
Re-read "Crumbs in the Keyboard" an anthology of more than eighty authors, including myself.
 
Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
 
JUNE:
 
The Wedding, Nicholas Sparks
The Good Wife Strikes Back, Elizabeth Buchan
Sam's Letters to Jennifer, James Patterson

Reading Group Guide for: 

 

Love Enough for All     By Lori Zecca

 

 

Why do your feel Chase is reluctant to move forward with his life?

 

Moderator suggestions:  Moving forward also means excepting the past.  Chase has difficulty letting go of all he still holds dear to his heart.  He focuses instead on the daily survival of his family instead.

 

What is Chase’s perception of a “contented life”?

 

Moderator suggestions:  His late wife and three children.  He is completely devoted to his family and the simple pleasures their life together inspired.

 

How does Chase’s outlook change throughout the story?

 

Moderator suggestions:  After two years of existing, Chase becomes proactive, wanting more from life for not only himself but for his children.  He continually takes steps to make this possible, carefully considering all the ramifications before doing so, as not to inflict greater harm to himself and especially his children.

 

What are Bryn’s perceptions of Love?

 

Moderator suggestions:  Bryn is a romantic at heart, though jaded by her divorce and subsequent failed relationships.  Exhausted by the prospect of yet another relationship, Bryn sets her standards high.  She is realistic and at the very least aims for Mr. Rightshe’s had enough Mr. Maybe’s.

 

Why do you think the author chose the professions she did for both Chase and Bryn?

 

Moderator suggestions:  To identify Bryn as strong and independent, she needed a high-profile career.  Chase’s career was the perfect catalyst for conflict in his marriage.

 

What is the significance of Kent’s presence in the story?

 

Another catalyst.  For the reader, Kent posed doubt as to the probability that Chase and Bryn would end up together.  For Bryn, Kent posed a physical threattaking the focus away from relationship issues and placing it with the all-too-real dangers of dating in perspective.  For Chase, Kent or even the suspicion of “Kent” represented the prospect of losing Bryn all together, both before, while he was trying to searching his heart to see if she was there, and after, with the confrontation that tore them apart.

 

How about Avery and Miles, what are their roles in this story?

 

Moderator suggestions:   With each of them playing the part of best friend to each of the main characters,  Avery and Miles provide insight to the mind that is often clouded by emotions of the heart. 

 

How do the diverse personality traits of Bryn and Chase’s children play a pivotal role in determining the couple’s fate? 

 

Moderator suggestions:  The very definite personalities of each of the children provide varied challenges for Bryn and Chase as parents, and are actually crucial in determining whether they will actually become a couple at all.  Marley’s separation anxieties threaten any relationship for Chase (he’s afraid to cause her further pain), Kasey’s need for mothering reinforces his pursuit, and Lexi’s bond with Bryn sends him in yet another direction.  While Bryn considers Chase as more than a friend, Justine is on the verge of puberty and begins to explore her own womanhood, leaving Bryn questioning more than she already was.  And Devin, old enough to understand far more than all of the other children, enters his first relationship, and has an idea what it feels like to be “in love,” he can’t help but feel threatened by the emotions involved.

 

Over all, how do you feel Bryn and Chase deal with their children?

 

Each other?

 

How would you rate this book on a scale of 1 10?  (10 being the highest score)

 

 

 

 

 

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