Writers Chatting: Beach Read 2

We all seem to be in agreement that summer is time to kick back and relax a bit. So with that in mind, here is the next in our summer’s Writers Chatting open threads.


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    …relax a bit? That’s like a vacation, right? I’ve heard of those. I understand normal jobs get these things called ‘weekends’ as well.

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    scav says:

    For those unfamiliar with the concept of vacations, or just looking for a change rather than a break, I stumbled across a podcast: BBC4 The Invisible College. “Lessons in creative writing from a ghostly array of great novelists, poets and playwrights such as Ted Hughes, W.B. Yeats and Allen Ginsberg.” I was just intrigued and wanted to throw them into the proper puddle. Number Nine is about the importance of time off, so maybe everything’s already been covered!

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    Oatler. says:

    A great time for reading listicles like “10 beach-reading books you’ve already seen 1980s movie versions of and so make a mental note to rewatch them. Because reading is hard”.

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    EBT says:

    After a month of coding for my writing and a month of drawing art for my writing, I actually got back to writing last week. 2500 words.

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    ruemara says:

    I’m working more on developing the writing career, that links to my Medium page’s first story and living off event photography this year. A friend of mine used his to develop his first book of short stories. I’m very proud of him. They’re not exactly my kind of short story, but I think he’s a good writer. The only bad part about focusing more on creative work is it leaves you very little time to catch up on reading. I have a stack of ARCs to get finished and writing reviews, so when I travel, I predict my heaviest stuff will be photo gear, next heaviest is books.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I was telling my 17-year-old niece about Don’t Tell My Parents I’m A Supervillian yesterday. I may have made another sale for you.

    On the writing front, I’m a day behind in getting my essay about Some Like It Hot written, so I need to get that done today. I also want to work on my outline a bit more. I’m pretty sure I know what my heroine’s backstory is, but I’m still working on my hero’s.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Our small city has a summer reading club for adults, and one of the challenges is “read a book that was turned into a movie, and then watch the movie.” I’m leaning towards Like Water For Chocolate since I’ve neither read the book nor seen the movie, and both are supposed to be good.

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    Laura says:

    @Mnemosyne: please also consider The Namesake.
    It is so very, very lovely.
    I wish I could see it again for the first time.

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    Neldob says:

    Women in Love was a good movie and a really good book.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I’m still debating, but I’ll put it on the list. Most people I heard from liked either the book or the movie, but not both.


    I’ve already seen Women in Love, so it would be cheating. 😄

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    @Mnemosyne: I have seen it. I can’t stand Jhumpa Lahiri, she basically writes the same story over and over again. I did love her first collection of short stories but after that it has been a snooze fest.

    ETA: The movie is good though. Mira Nair made a wise decision to focus on the immigrant parents than their spoilt rotten progeny. Tabu is a goddess and Irrfan Khan is wonderful.

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    @Laura: What did you like about it? I couldn’t finish the book but I did like the movie.

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    Vheidi says:

    @Mnemosyne: howard’s end?

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    @Mnemosyne: A room with a view, Last of the Mohicans, they are both so romantic..

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    I had a fun weekend at 4th Street Fantasy; met up with Iowa Old Lady. I’m worn out on socializing for the moment. Hopefully, this will kick me back into writing.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Maybe. I’ve seen a lot of 80s costume dramas, though.


    I’ve seen both movies already, and I tried to read The Last of the Mohicans but came to the same conclusion Mark Twain did.

    I should definitely add LotM to my list of romantic movies to write about when I establish my author blog.

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    @Mnemosyne: I haven’t read Mohicans, but loved DDL in it.

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    Steeplejack says:


    You’ve probably seen Get Shorty, but maybe you haven’t read the book. I have admired Elmore Leonard as a writer since long before he became “famous” (i.e., hipster famous). His prose and plotting are very tight, and his dialogue is second to none.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Okay, reaching for ones where maybe you haven’t seen the movie: Miles Franklin’s My Brilliant Career and Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth (not a novel, though).

    On the (tangential) subject of Gillian Armstrong, holy shnikeys, The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992) is an amazingly good movie that apparently nobody but me has ever seen.

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    Jay Noble says:

    I come to writing from the hinterlands of advertising and regulatory writing (policy and procedure manuals). For nearly tne last 14 years, I’ve been working in the catalog business, not as a copywiter but what in the old days was called Paste Up. But from day one, I’ve been editing and writing copy 1 – to make it fit in the given space; 2 – to make the copy sensible to a customer; 3 – to keep us from getting sued. On occassion, I’ve been told it’s not my job, but rarely have they undone my work.

    So yes I’ve seen the transitioning from paper-first to internet-first copy and also the deterioraton of the copy. Have any of you folks had to deal with the evil that is SEO – Search Engine Optimized copy? Most of you are on the more creative side but has this creeped into your work maybe via an editor saying you need more Google hits?

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