Book Review: Bridesmaids by Jane Costello

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The Choice

by Nicholas Sparks

genre: romance, drama, chick-lit

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Summary from Goodreads

 

Four weddings, three disgruntled ex-boyfriends in the congregation, two wayward ‘chicken-fillet’ boob enhancers, and one gorgeous man, it’s tough being a bridesmaid.
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Picture it & Write

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Sorry it’s late this week. I have just gotten home from Australia and I am very jetlagged. I may use some pictures from my trip in the upcoming weeks, so please check back on Sunday to see if I’ve gotten the images off my phone successfully.

Picture it & Write is a weekly creative writing prompt. We invite people to join in by commenting with a work of fiction to accompany the image; it doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation).

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

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I’ve had to become a contortionist to fit into these plane seats. Despite the seat next to be being empty, I am trapped between two other people. Both are asleep and I really need to pee. My muscles need to be stretched. The seat is digging into the back of my thighs. How many more hours until we land? 16???

Eliabeth Hawthorne

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Emotionally Crippled by Books

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It’s that time of year again. Time to make another goal on Goodreads after evaluating how I did last year. I’ve committed to 24 books this year after missing last year’s goal of 36 books by 3. Blind Sight has been on hold while Ermisenda takes care of some health concerns so this year will be focused more on writing than reading.

I admit somewhat shamefully that of the 33 books I managed to read last year, enough of them were children’s books that it became my top genre for the first time ever. Some people asked me why I was counting them… well I wouldn’t have been anywhere near my 36 if I hadn’t. That said, I did a better job at picking books. Nine were 5 stars, eight were 4 stars, and only three were one star, giving me the best average star count since 2012.

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I also did a far better job practicing what I preach. Also for the first time since 2012, fantasy was my *cough-second-cough* most read genre instead of romance or adventure. Admittedly, two out of two books this year have been romance, so I’ll need to work on that.

The longest book of 2015 was a record breaking 530 pages: The Wolf of Wall Street.

If you would like to join me in the reading challenge, it’s really fun. Even if you don’t want the pressure to hit a goal, you can commit to one book, but still get to see the stats at the end of the year which is always fun to compare. You can friend or follow me here.

Best of luck to everyone else already participating in the challenge.

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

Picture it & Write

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Welcome to Picture it & Write, a weekly creative writing prompt here on ErmiliaBlog. I invite people to join in to our creative writing prompt. Comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image; it doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation).

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

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“Why is everyone laughing?” Cloe leaned over and whispered to Lane.

He patted her leg affectionately. “Don’t worry about it.”

From the chuckles and sideways glances, she knew someone had made an innuendo, but she had no idea what. While she’d originally appreciated Lane “protecting” her innocence, it was getting a bit old. Did he think she was some delicate flower? She was about to burst his bubble.

Eliabeth Hawthorne

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Book Review: The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

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The Choice

by Nicholas Sparks

genre: romance

Summary from Goodreads

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks#1 New York Times bestseller Nicholas Sparks turns his unrivaled talents to a new tale about love found and lost, and the choices we hope we’ll never have to make.

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life – boating, swimming , and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies — he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?
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Picture it & Write

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Very sorry I haven’t been keeping up with Picture it & Write as normal. I’ve just started a new job and Christmas has been utter chaos this year. Please stick around. Ermisenda is finishing chemo soon and may be able to return to writing. We’ll keep you posted on that as things progress.

Welcome to Picture it & Write, a weekly creative writing prompt here on ErmiliaBlog. I invite people to join in to our creative writing prompt. Comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image; it doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation).

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

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“Why are you crying? This is the best woman empowerment song in a decade.” Annie shook her head while I sobbed. She’d watched Frozen before me; I was a bit behind the curb when it came to pop culture. I didn’t want to explain it to her then, not sure how to find the words, but I’d always been different. I’d always seen the world in a different way. To me, Let it Go was the saddest song I’d ever heard. Didn’t she hear the same words I did? Elsa had to distance herself from her family to be who she was. She’d tried to hide, never learned what she could do. What if Mozart hadn’t been allowed to play piano? What if my parents had never bought me my first camera?

Eliabeth Hawthorne

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Order of Exposure; Movie Review of If I Stay

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Please forgive the language, I didn’t create the graphic–I found it on Facebook.

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Speaking of, I just watched If I Stay. My review of the book posted in June and I’m just now getting to the movie because the book was so wildly depressing. However, after listening to high school students murder each other in Battle Royale, I was desensitized enough to take on this movie.

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Picture it & Write

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Welcome to Picture it & Write, a weekly creative writing prompt here on ErmiliaBlog. I invite people to join in to our creative writing prompt. Comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image; it doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation).

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

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Cut along the dashes. Color within the lines. Ha. We are not a cookie cutter family. We bake ninja breadmen and put the lights on the tree last. We own cats who drink from toilet bowls and always want attention. We sing like no one is listening, dance like no one is watching, and eat like calories don’t matter.

Eliabeth Hawthorne

Picture it & Write now supports The Girl Effect, a movement empowering girls to break the cycle of poverty in their communities, countries, and world. All profits from the publication are donated to this cause. Everyone is welcome to use the button, just link them back to the Picture it & Write category or Ermiliablog:) Share your love for Picture it & write on your blog with the image below. Be proud, and stylish ;) !

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Picture it & Write

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Welcome to Picture it & Write, a weekly creative writing prompt here on ErmiliaBlog. I invite people to join in to our creative writing prompt. Comment with your paragraph of fiction to accompany the image; it doesn’t have to follow my story or reflect the same themes. It can be a poem or in a different language (please provide a translation).

Please continue to write however you’re inspired, but add a tag to the beginning of your post if there’s mature content in order to keep Picture it & Write an engaging event for all of our followers.

 

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I’m a fighter. This will not defeat me. No matter how miserable you make my days, my private time is mine. Stress will not seep into my evenings or take over my dreams. Your name will not pass through my lips on the weekend. This is my life. You will not defeat me.

Eliabeth Hawthorne

Picture it & Write now supports The Girl Effect, a movement empowering girls to break the cycle of poverty in their communities, countries, and world. All profits from the publication are donated to this cause. Everyone is welcome to use the button, just link them back to the Picture it & Write category or Ermiliablog:) Share your love for Picture it & write on your blog with the image below. Be proud, and stylish ;) !

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