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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sharing Beyond Books #45 Comment Giveaway April 21, 2012

Welcome to SBB! Ohhh - another short/long week! LOL. 
Thank you to all those who commented last week.
It seemed like many had memories from age 4 or so. There were some marvelous childhood memories. Several recall their first tricycle. I'm glad that LindaK got over the traumatic fear of dogs.

(Oops - Sorry  - I didn't change the second question at the bottom so a few answered the prior week's question.) I did expect to see Dr. Seuss and I wasn't surprised by Dick and Jane (from the older crowd) and Sesame Street (from the younger crowd) as choices. I remember The Little Engine That Could and although I have often heard of Heidi, I never read it. I love that Sarah had her own library at age 6. Way to go!

The Winner from SBB #44 comments is: #9 Faith Hope CherryTea. There are still 8 'love' books to pick from and 2 Christmas choices. Faith Hope CherryTea  please let me know if you want a GC (if you are international) or choose a book from the remaining Love Books List for Giveaway, remaining Christmas Giveaway Books, OR pick from the ARC box and let me know your choice, your address and a choice of bookmarks by completing the WINNER FORM.

WEEK #45 Questions

Q1. This week Louisa asks: Have you considered writing a book? And have you? Stories to tell??
A:  I have not thought seriously about writing a book. However, I have a folder of story plotlines, some dialogue, and one dictated outline. I sometimes think I would like to share these with an author who could complete the stories. :-).
My notes look a lot like these!
Image found at Cynsations

Q2. My question this week, to go along with Q1.  Have you ever kept a diary or a journal??
A:  I don't really recall if I had a diary as a young girl although I would have liked the idea of one of those little books with a key.  I did have a journal of sorts in late high school and college. I wrote something, usually a poem or prose, everyday for several years. I have the last note book, the earlier ones were all destroyed in by water damage to a trunk in storage. :-(

I like the looks of this journal,
which is actually an iphone ap

Thanks to those who are sending in Questions. DON'T BE SHY! Surely everyone has a Q or two you'd like to ask.  Input suggestions in this Suggested Question Form. At the end of each month I will draw from the suggestions I used the month before and that person will get a book choice or GC. I thank everyone for submitting questions but some of you others might want to get in a question or two as we have a few people submitting most of the questions so far.  Either way - it works for me. :-)  The question list is being replenished!  Thanks for sending in questions!
Your turn to share:

1. This week Louisa asks: Have you considered writing a book? And have you? Stories to tell??

2. My question is: Have you ever kept a diary or a journal??
SBB Comment Winners can choose a selection from the remaining  Valentine and "Love" books or the remaining Christmas Giveaway Books - there are still about 10 books available to choose from. Also I have added the Review and ARC Box now.

SBB Rules: a) Must be a follower; 
b) Share a comment on any (or all) of the two/three questions above.
Open internationally and an international winner may get a smaller book or a $5.00 GC if I decide the mailing is too much.

I will pick a Comment winner from all comments made by Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10 PM central.


  1. I've thought about writing a book, but it's such a lot of work that I just don't think I'm up to it. I have the writing skills, just not enough imagination to come up with a great story. I think I might be good at a collaboration, maybe I'll find someone with a good imagination at some point that I could work with.
    I've kept a journal in the past, but it didn't last long and I haven't written that type of thing for a long time.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  2. 1. Not just considered it :-) I've been writing since my teens and published my first book (which is in my mother language German) some years ago. I'm working on quite a few different projects and am currently working on a short story collection in English (trust me, even reading in English all the time, and blogging in English, is NOT the same thing as writing fiction, at least not compared to writing in your mother tongue, it's a lengthy process, and admittedly I'm not exactly a fast writer in the first place).
    Oh and I published a little inspirational gift book "The Attic in My Yard" (obviously in English) last year. This was more of a pet project, but so much fun to do! You may find this one on Smashwords :-) just search for the title or (my pen name) Birgit Horvath-Muck!

    2. Yes I had a journal when I was a teenager, though I have to admit, writing fiction had always more allure for me.

  3. I've never wanted to be a writer, just a reader. I used to always say I hate writing. I would still say that, except I write so many reviews that it isn't really true anymore.

    I have tried off and on my entire life to keep a journal. It's never stuck though. I'll write for a week or two, and then forget about it.

  4. 1. I think writing a book is a gift. One I don't have. If I did write a book, I doubt I would inflict it upon the world.

    2. I kept a travel diary when I was a child. My Father had long service leave. We camped our way around Australia for about 4 months. Most of my entries were taken up by the food I ate along the way. This obviously took precedence over the beautiful scenery, sights & locations. It's very funny reading.

  5. I've always wanted to write a book about my children in the orphanage where I worked. Their stories would be riveting.

    I don't keep a journal and never have.


  6. 1) Yes, I have. I have collected stories from my family members for over 40 years and have done a lot of research too. So, if I ever do it, it would be about both sides of my families. It would not be dull!

    2) Yes, I did keep a diary. I read "The Diary of Ann Frank about four times and that inspired me to do it. Unfortunately, it didn't have a lock and my cousins found it. I had to chase them around the house to get it back. Terrible experience, never again!


  7. 1. When I was a freshman in high school, I wrote an MG mystery about two kids looking for an missing dog and uncovering an embezzlement ring. I even sent if off to some publishers, but nothing ever happened.
    2. No. I suck at journalling and had trouble whenever we had to do it for school.

  8. Ty for this lovely win Martha! great morning message to find in my inbox :)

    really love journal photo of the iphone app!

    Q1 - Have you considered writing a book? Yes
    And have you? in the midst of it right now ;)
    Stories to tell?? Lots! God's ways are!

    Q2 - Have you ever kept a diary or a journal??
    yes, i had those lovely padded and keyed diaries of junior and high school days :)
    currently i continue journaling creative and reflective observation and expression...

  9. I'm bad with both...I do not want to write at all (neuroscience major here) and never kept a diary or journal, was always too lazy! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  10. 1. Yep, I have considered, and yes, I've written 2 books, and started over 40 more, but since I've started my blog, that's more where my attention has lain.

    2. I've tried, but I get easily sidetracked in reading! Plus, nothing really interesting happens to me :)

  11. I've never considered writing a book and I don't keep a journal/diary.

  12. I can barely write a decent comment. I never write letters. I am fairly good with language but I don't like extraneous words. The fewer the better. So, I could never write a book. Too much description. I can't stand adjectives. How many was can you say the same thing? See, I just did that.

    I never kept a diary or journal, probably for the same reason. Plus, all of those memories are in my brain. Why write them down so one of my sisters could find and read them. Or worse, my brother. No thanks.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  13. When I was a pre-teen, I kept a diary. I read it a few years ago and had the best laugh! Hilarious. I kept a dream journal for a while too...that was more interesting (and bizarre)
    rlawrence110 at yahoo dot com

  14. I've always wanted to write a book and I've started already. To be honest, I've written more than 10 different (I hope original and fascinating) stories so far and haven't finished any of them :P
    I have never kept a diary though. I'm too worried someone would find it and read everything...

  15. 1. No
    2. Only for school


  16. 1. No.
    2. When I was younger I did keep one but never kept it up.

  17. When I was a young teenager I thought I wanted to be a writer. But ended up an addicted reader instead. :) I guess I realized it was much easier to read then create stories the readers would enjoy.

    I always kept Journals for a s long as I could remember. I always felt it would relieve the stress in life by writing the words down and it did.

    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  18. 1. Have not written a book but would LOVE to be an author someday. I hope to be inspired with some great story and make something of myself.

    2. No diaries. A journal, not really but a notebook for silly stuff and places I wanna go and all, yes.

  19. I wrote a childrens book about 25 years ago (I guess I'm not meant to be a writer because I struggled with it lol) but didn't try to do anything with it. I looked for it a few years ago but I could not find it. Maybe it will turn up one day.

    I did not keep a diary or journal.

    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  20. P.S.

    Would you be suprised if I told you the story was about a bunny? lol


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