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Did you miss me? It’s Jobe!

Hey There Intrepid Readers and Writers!

June was a slam-packed month for me, but don’t think I didn’t miss you ❤ Today I taught another of my writing workshops through CALS at the downtown Main Library, and I am always so encouraged and energized and excited by the people who attend — so, if you’re reading this, thank you for coming! If you want to hook into upcoming events, I’ll be doing a July class on Memoir and an October class (more info to come) to prep for Nanowrimo!

Yesterday 6/26/15 the US Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal in all 50 states — WOW! Just like when we elected Obama as our first African-American president, I was hit pretty hard by the fact that we are all participating in history-in-the-making, just by being alive when these milestones occur! So if you were looking for a writing prompt today, look no further — write about a large-scale event and how it affects 3-5 of your characters differently. GO!

Now it wouldn’t be a post from Jobe if I didn’t include some stellar inspirational quotes, right? Here are a few of best I’ve found lately:

From Title Wave

From The Writer’s Circle

A reminder from Grammarly to start early and never give up  3

From Book Riot, 13 GREAT FACEBOOK PAGES FOR WRITERS — I went through the checklist to make sure I’d “liked” them all, and I already had! 😀

If you need motivation starting your writing habit or getting back to your writing project, I only recently discovered this internet gem:
Shia LaBeouf JUST DO IT

And finally, today I’ll leave you with a book rainbow from Oxfam, blogged about first on My Modern Met

Thanks as always for tuning in, and keep up the amazing work.

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Jobe’s May Reads

Hello Again! Is it just me, or is this year zooming by?!

This month I spent A REALLY LONG TIME reading a really long book: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. My mom doesn’t really read novels very often, so when she mentioned how captivated she’d become by this entire EIGHT BOOK SERIES I jumped at the chance to pick up a title for the category “a book your mom loves.” I was frustrated by how slow of a reader I am, but the content is really engaging and definitely held my attention. The basic premise is that an English woman from 1945 is transported back in time to Scotland 1743. And that is just the beginning! If you enjoy historical romance this book is for you. It’s also a TV show, but I haven’t checked it out yet.

The second book I read zoomed by in a flash, and filled my category for “a book that was originally written in a different language.” The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is a HUGELY POPULAR book known to sell constantly at bookstores and maintains a 40+ person wait list at the library!

I started a third book but it didn’t grab me like I thought it would. More on that one at the end of June. In the meantime, join the cleaning frenzy…

Here’s some more on Marie Kondo and the KonMari Method: