The 77, 7 and 7 Blog Challenge

So, I woke up this morning to find that I’ve been challenged to go to the 77th page of my current WIP, then to the 7th line, and then post 7 lines from my book. The challenge comes from fellow writer and dear friend Angela. You can check out her blog here: http://authorangelachristinaarcher.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/the-77-7-and-7-blog-challenge/ – After sharing my lines, I am supposed to challenge another writer friend to do the same.

Here are my lines:

“Good, it’s settled. We’ll get married.”

I had always imagined a more romantic proposal. This seemed a little dry to me, like we had just nonchalantly made the biggest decision of our lives, but I scooted a little closer to Kyle. He kissed me again, unlike he’d ever kissed me before. I couldn’t force my mind back to the movie, and as much as I was trying to decide if he’d just proposed to me, my mind lost focus.

Wow….the biggest thing I am realizing is that I need to get serious once again about this book, and really work through some edits.

I am challenging my friend Julie Jarnigan to complete this challenge as well! Can’t wait to see her post! (If the link doesn’t work, you can copy and paste http://www.juliejwrites.blogspot.com/)

How much is too much?

I’ve been reading a few technology trends this morning, and have started asking myself, “How much is too much?”

A children’s book author just made the Kindle Million Club – she’s sold a million electronic copies of her book. One school handed out Kindles to the students – loaded with textbooks for the year.I even read a line that basically said children in the youngest generation are not going to know what it feels like to hold a book while reading. Whoa, seems extreme, doesn’t it?

Now mind you, I am not a Kindle owner – or any other e-reader for that matter. I have used Kindle for PC to read one book (Quitter, by Jon Acuff – check it out!) but I do want one. Very much! Yet right now that isn’t feasible, so I am at the library weekly picking out books for both my kids and I.

Thinking about all of this helped me realize that our trips to the library are about more than just great literature. They are about community, identifying with other readers, forming connections over common interests, having brief conversations where you realize at least one other person on the planet reads the same stuff you read. I can’t tell you how many introductions I’ve made while at the library – all while looking at the same section of books/authors. Plus, the library is cost-effective. We brought home 12 books yesterday – all of which cost us nothing (as long as I return them in time!!) and both of my kids have stuff they want to read/look through. Now, if we had one Kindle to share, and that Kindle contained most of our home library then we are all going to be fighting over it.

Besides, it’s so much more fun to pick out a book after looking it over, don’t you think? I think kids really benefit from counting how many books they get to pick out, exploring library shelves and learning how books are organized in the library, and finding other kids their age to play with and read with! I’m sure I’ll add a Kindle to my list of electronic devices within the next year, but I don’t want it to replace books in my house – I just want it to be a supplement, a way to understand that technology always moves forward and we are wise to be part of the progress, but equally as wise to evaluate how we can be part of the process without losing the value of face-to-face human interaction.

What do you think?