The Spark Blogfest!

I’m participating in The Spark Blogfest this week! Head on down there and check out some of the cool blogs that are also joining in the fun!

So the prompt I have chosen to write about is:

*What book made you realize you were doomed to be a writer?

I have always enjoyed reading and writing. After graduating college, becoming a writer was more of a big dream that I did not make enough time for, but it was fun to consider. I read for pleasure occasionally, and I was starting to make it a habit. I also started writing stories, but this was sporadic.

After sharing my desire to read more, a friend who was an avid reader let me borrow books she thought I would like. When I became pregnant for the first time, she gave me a copy of Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott. I knew there was no turning back after this. There was something that I had not understood before – voice. Lamott’s voice was so clear and honest. She made it seem easy, but I knew this was a master at work. I got a copy of Bird by Bird and this has become my go-to guide to writing and inspiration when I need it.

Of course after my daughter was born, I had so much to juggle that time to read and write became scarce. With two kids now, I keep making a little time for it all because I know I want to discover my writing voice. Anne Lamott’s work changed my life and I want to keep striving to write honestly in my own way.

Is there a book that sparked your interest to become a writer? 


To Read and To Watch Lists for The Novel Films Blogfest

This blogfest has been fun so far. There are several titles I want to add to my initial list. I’ve created new lists of books and movies I want to read/watch to complete the combos. These are the top selections in each category:

I saw the movie and now I want to read the book:

Gone, Baby, Gone

The Age of Innocence

A Wrinkle in Time

The Joy Luck Club

I read the book and now I want to watch the movie:

Water for Elephants

Eat, Pray, Love

Secret Life of Bees

Angela’s Ashes

I’m chipping away at my To Read and To Watch lists!

Any books or films you are eager to read/watch? 

The Novel Films Blogfest!

Madeleine over at Scribble and Edit is hosting a Novel Films Blogfest!

Here is the challenge if you choose to accept it:

“There’s a lot of novels, comics and plays that have been made into films and TV dramas, BUT how many of them have you BOTH seen the film/TV drama and read the original book, play or comic story?”

This is a fun idea and I’m glad Madeleine got it going. I checked thorough the list of books made into movies to help add to my list. I didn’t realize there were so many! My list is not long, but I did find several books and movies I want to check out now. (I’ll write about that on Wednesday.)

Here is my list:

Old Yeller

Charlotte’s Web

The Secret Garden

To Kill a Mockingbird

James and the Giant Peach

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Most of these pairings happen to be children’s books/films. They were all wonderful to read and watch.

I hope you join in the fun or at least check out the participating blogs.

Have you enjoyed the books/movies on my list as well?