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Two Good Legs – Stream of Consciousness Saturday (Two)

So today’s prompt was “two”. As I didn’t sleep too well last night (silly me drank a Starbucks mocha Frappuchino an hour or so before bed), I’ve been feeling a bit tired today and not all mentally “with it” today. So when I saw the prompt, the first thing to come to my fuzzy mind were quotes or sayings with the word “two” in it, like “two heads are better than one” or “killing two birds with one stone”. But neither of them seemed to sound very good for a SoCS post. So the next thing to come to mind was a quote from one of my favorite animes, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. In one of the first episodes, Edward Elric, the Fullmetal Alchemist, and his brother Alphonse save a town from an evil priest using the power of a fake Philosopher’s Stone to fool the townspeople into believing he could bring the dead back to life. At the end, one of the girls from the town who had believed in the priest asks Ed what she was to do now that the priest and everything she’d believed were gone. He told her, “Stand up and walk. Keep moving forward. You’ve got two good legs. So get up and use them. You’re strong enough to make your own path.” Ed had lost a leg when he had tried to bring his mother back to life as a child, and had a metal prosthetic leg in its place.

This is one of my favorite quotes, because it is so encouraging. It tells you that no matter what happens to you, you have two good legs and are capable of getting up and moving on. It also tells you to not rely solely on other people to tell you what to do and what to believe, but to use your two good legs and make your own way in life.



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10 Things You Need to Know to Write a Great Book Blurb

Good tips here! It’s always so hard to come up with a good blurb for a book.

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thumbnail-2.aspxThe purpose of a blurb is to attract the interest of perspective readers. It must be short, succinct and enticing. Before you write your blog, determine the market for your novel then check out book blurbs in your genre on bookstore shelves and on Amazon. Here are 10 things you need to know to write a great book blurb.

A book blurb should

1. open with a hook line related to your particular genre.

2. name the main protagonists and antagonist.

3. state a goal or problem. Hint at obstacles, conflicts, and stakes, but don’t reveal the plot.

4. not be cluttered with the names of secondary characters.

5. be written in the tone of your book—funny, dark, romantic, mysterious

6. contain a couple of emotional words—dangerous, vicious, tragic, intrigue, murder, betrayal, love

7. not contain a “spoiler!” It’s meant to create curiosity not satisfy it.

8. be written in…

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What Book Never Leaves Your “To-Read” List?

I have a ton of books sitting around that I “intend” to read at some point. The Chronicles of Narnia (I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as a kid, but never the whole series), The Prydain Chronicles, The Princess Bride, and Don Quixote are just a few off the top of my head. What books do you “intend” to read?

101 Books

Last week, I told you about a bookish pet peeve that I’m completely guilty of—that being buying books that I never read. Many of you share that same trait—though some of us disagree on whether it’s a bad or good.

Let’s play off that thought today and hopefully generate a little discussion in the comments.

What’s your forever “to be read” book? It’s the book that’s always on your to-be-read list, always the one you’ll be reading next, yet somehow gets the cold shoulder when that “next book” comes around.

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