Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A to Z: Letter B & IWSG


Hey, I made it to day 2 of the A to Z Challenge!

Today is all about an Inspirational Book:


The Bible
It you don't own one, invest in the time and money. Well worth it!
Over the years many sections of the Bible have been adapted to film. To name a few:
Son of God
King of Kings
The Ten Commandments
David and Goliath
Samson and Delilah
The most recent, Noah
Each year on Good Friday I watch The Passion

Today is the First Wednesday of the Month. Thanks to a great support team and Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating this Group. Today Alex'x fab co-hosts are Hart Johnson, Chemist Ken, Candilynn Fite, Teri Rochenski, Clare Dugmore, Lilica Blake. Press Here to join and to learn more.



I write YA, and sometimes it's difficult to find the right voice. The need to keep it simple and snarky. (I'm not snarky) Personally, I don't like profanity, but YA definitely is raw at times. So how to keep it real? I just finished reading Laurie Halse Anderson's novel, The Impossible Knife of Memory, and she blew me away with her teen voice. I realize as a writer, I must claim my own style and voice.  


Bible Quote:
Jer 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you,” 

declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not 

to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Another Trivia Question: What Bible Verse is Touted at many Sporting Events?

The answer to yesterday's trivia question: Who starred as the Camerlengo in Angels & Demons it was Ewan McGregor.

52 comments:

  1. Being a Hindu I have not had the chance to read the Bible. But have read a lot of quotes and parables. Love the parables

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    1. Parables and quote are awesome. Thank you for stopping by Sundari.

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  2. I adore Ewan Mcgregor and he has a beautiful singing voice. I hope you find great joy in your A to Z challenge.

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    1. I've heard that he did. Thanks for stopping by Cecilia.

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  3. It is definitely a great book. I have the same one I was given by my mom as a child.

    Voice is something that can't be taught, it just comes to us after we work at it. Good luck with finding yours.

    Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

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  4. I still working on the voice I'm using in my YA fantasy. It's not easy for me. My natural voice is kind of whimsical, which doesn't always mesh with teen speak. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  5. I have several Bibles, my favourite is one I don't read. it was my fathers given to him by his parents.

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  6. I've read many versions of the Bible, from Old Testament (I'm Jewish) to King James to New American, and each version has some lovely language. Thanks for sharing this!

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  7. Having been raised in a Catholic household, and attending Catholic school, I have read the Bible once or twice :)

    I still have the one I was given at school somewhere.

    A great choice for your 'B' post.

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  8. I love Jim Caviziel in The Passion. Enjoying your posts.

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  9. I think I know the answer to this one. Is it John 3:16? If so it's a miracle if I can answer a trivia question correctly LOL.

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  10. Best Book Ever
    Shame Noah decided to leave God out.
    Find your own voice and one you are comfortable with.
    And for the answer, I'm going with John 3:16.

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  11. I'll agree with Alex on that Best Book Ever. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten to see Noah yet. Probably won't until it's out on video.

    Finding your voice isn't always easy. Especially for a YA writer such as yourself. I made the comment yesterday to another blogger that YA and NA are getting so edgy - almost to the point where I won't want my own children reading what is getting published these days. What's wrong with having a unique voice, but keeping the edge to what our teens and new adults SHOULD be filling their minds with? Keep plugging along, & stick to your guns.

    Terri @ Scribbler's Sojourn

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  12. My mom gave me my own Bible when I was a young girl. I still have it. It is the one I use. I understand why family Bibles are so cherished.

    I recently watched an interview with Jim Cavaziel on YouTube about The Passion of the Christ. It was amazing. It was 40 minutes long but worth every second. If you are interested, let me know and I will send you the link. (Just when I stopped doing HERE'S TO YOU THURSDAY for the month I have a video for you. Figures.)

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  13. Great post Cathrina. It is true, you need to find your own voice and stick to it (keep it real). I found in interesting that you mentioned writing about a character with a quality that is not part of who you are. It is one of the many things I have pondered while writing.

    All the best!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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  14. HI, Cathrina,

    I have the family bible tucked away. I need to find it soon. It's been packed aways since my Dad passed away in 2001 ... I know, it's a long time.

    TEEN VOICE is difficult to get real. But follow your inner voice. It will come to you. I write m/g and Y/A and just finished my MAJOR rewrite of my EDGY Y/A contemporary.. Yes, it has all the elements of today's world ... but it's part of us and as teen writer's we also need to prepare our teens for what's out there. Sadly, life is not all magic and love.

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    1. So right Michael. It is sad that teens can't grow up in better times, less angst.

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  15. I've seen all of these movies. Right now I am actually reading The Book of God: The Bible as a Novel by Walter Wangerin Jr. :)

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  16. The Bible is a good investment. John 3:16 - I didn't even look at the other responses first.

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  17. Haven't read it in a while, but I know some Bible. Think it is time to pull it out. Enjoyed the post.

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  18. Now I remember the guy who played that part in Angles and Demons. That kept me awake last night. :-(

    Teen voice is a challenge, but so much fun to practice.

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  19. I think YA voice is really tough. Which is probably why I don't attempt it! lol!

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  20. I went and saw The Passion of the Christ, alone, at a theater. I came home after that movie and sat in the dark for quite a while before finally going to bed. I've never had a movie affect me the way that one did.

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    1. The Passion definitely struck a heart wrenching chord.

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  21. I've heard "Noah" was atrocious. Hollywood and religion rarely mix well. I agree with Melissa though, Passion of the Christ was done well, although I couldn't eat for probably 3 hours afterwards.

    I LOVE these videos: https://www.lds.org/bible-videos?im=true&lang=eng

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  22. Great choice for the letter B. The Bible has been my inspiration for years....and a ready source of strength. Disappointed (Crystal's comment) "Noah" isn't very good, but then we shouldn't depend on Hollywood to get it right. p.s. I seldom go to sporting events.
    Shells–Tales–Sails

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  23. Yep, finding your own voice is crucial.
    I love that you picked the Bible for B

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  24. I have the Knife sitting on my table top right now. I'll have to dive into it soon. The most recent film adaption mentioned, NOAH, is actually based off of a graphic novel that happens in a different planet (sci-fi) but that is based on the bible. I hear it's a horrible movie though, so I wouldn't recommend it.

    You have a great YA voice for FLAWS. I don't think it's something you need to worry too much about :)

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  25. You hit upon my favorite "B" book! I always wondered why the rainbow-haired guy at the football games had the John 3:16 sign, because as a kid, the only Bible I'd ever seen was the ten-pounder sitting on my parents' living room table, untouched except for dusting. Now, my favorite Bible is the one my husband bought me as my first study Bible. It's falling apart but well loved.

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    1. John 3:16 is right! My bible's slightly tattered too!

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  26. I've read the Bible, the whole thing, twice. Which is more than I can say for The Hunger Games.

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