Monday, June 14, 2010

Blog Drawing and North and South

The lucky winner of the book drawing this week is Elizabeth Mueller.

There is only one more weekly drawing, and then I'll be out of books! The time has gone fast. So if you want to win the very last Love Inspired book that I have to give away please leave a comment, become a follower of my blog, and your name will go into the drawing.

I'm getting ready for a major contest that will happen during the entire month of August to celebrate the release of my new book, The Stone Traveler.
So stay tuned because it's going to be BIG. There will be weekly drawings and a terrific grand prize at the end of the month.

Pardon me a moment while I wish my big/little brother a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
I love you, bro, and hope you have a wonderful day!

Now for a peek into my life.

Once a year my daughter and I like to watch an old mini-series. Let's see if you can guess which one with some clues:

It aired in 1985.

It had a ton of movies stars who did short appearances: Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Mitchem, Gene Kelly, David Carridine, James Stewart and many others.

It had a wonderful musical score.

Fantastic costumes.

It starred one of my favorite actors Patrick Swayze.

If you guessed North and South you're right!!!

Here's the trailer.

This was a wonderful mini-series. What I liked about North and South was it gave context to the War Between the States by showing how people lived and what they thought during that time. As a writer I like to hear both sides of an issue, because there are always two sides to any argument. And no one is totally wrong or totally right. Of course, the characters in the book and mini-series are fictional, but good fiction comes from research into real-life events. Plus, as I watch I pay attention to details: what their wearing, dialogue, and setting. All of this helps my writing.

If you haven't seen North and South you might check it out. BUT be forewarned you'll be there a while. We started watching at 1:00 p.m. and stopped around 8:30 p.m. and we're still not done.Which is great because we can watch more next weekend. :0)

What movie or mini-series do you like to 

watch because it helps your writing?


  1. I'm not a big mini-series fan, but I did see parts of North and South.

    However, I do like to watch movies instead that help motivate me in writing. I just saw, "Inkheart" over the weekend, and really enjoyed it. Loved the fact that the author's characters were doing what they wanted instead of how he'd written them!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Glad you enjoyed the wacky cats! :)

  2. Congratulations to Elizabeth.

    North and South is a great mini series. I wish they would re show it.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. Cindy,
    I loved Inkheart! It was a wonderful book and movie.

    I enjoy your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine as well.

  4. Mason,
    I loved North and South, too. I wonder why they don't re-play it. Thanks heavens for DVDs. :0)

  5. I'm not a big mini-series watcher. I usually miss one or two episodes and get hopelessly behind. (I'm not tech-savvy, so videotaping or DVR's aren't an option.)

  6. Susan:
    It is quite an investment of time to watch a mini-series. But I love the visuals and watching a world come to life that I've only imagined.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. What a sweet sister you are~! Happy birthday to your big/little brother!!!

  8. Happy birthday to your brother!

    I remember my mom and sister watching North and South and everyone raving about it. I MUST rent it! A few years ago, I spent a lot of time studying the Civil War (we lived in VA over a year) and you know, Patrick Swayze is the right person to give me visuals of the war. I'm right. You know I am. :)

  9. I think I saw that! I try to rent romance movies:) Just watched Dear John this weekend and of course bawled my eyes out. Oh to write like he does:)

  10. Last night, THE FLY came on - and I swear, every time it does, I have to watch it straight through. For me, it's a near perfect movie, and absolutely great story that combines SO MUCH (science, romance, heartbreak, terRIFic emotional responses, creatures, gore, horror, regret) into 2 hours. Inspires me to be a better storyteller every time. Great post!

  11. I get so caught up in the story of a good movie that I don't think about writing. And I don't usually think that it has anything to do with my writing - LOL. But when I get back to my own work, bits and pieces pop into my head and I realize it did.

  12. Anne,
    How nice! I'll send him your happy wishes.:0)

  13. Terri,
    I'll have to rent Dear John. Though I don't know if I want to cry, but I'm a sucker for a good romance.

  14. Zoe,
    I've heard of The Fly, but I've never seen it. It goes on my list of "have to see". Thanks for the tip. :)

  15. Jill,

    Thanks for the birthday wishes to my brother.

    And I agree totally. Patrick Swayze would give you great inspiration for your Civil War novel. Let me know how it goes.

  16. Carol,
    It's amazing how different things affect other people. For you movies don't seem to help your writing at first, but later as you write.

    For me, my story enfolds very much like a movie. Which can make it hard to remember to put in smells and other sensory details.

    But it's all good!

  17. I don't know that there are any mini series that inspire me to write. To be honest I hardly watch TV. It chews into my writing and reading time.

    I'd love to go into the draw to win a book. Please include me :)

  18. Tabitha,
    I know what you mean when it comes to watching TV. Thanks heavens for DVDs. You can watch a good show any time you want and no commercials. :)
    You're in the drawing. Good luck!

  19. Kathi--How exciting your new book coming out! I can't wait to see what you do celebrate it. My friend Laura Bradford/Elizabeth Lynn Casey did a photo contest. She had bloggers take pictures of her newest book at bookstores and she gave out some swag to the first 10 photos. :)

    I have an award for you over at my blog. :)

  20. Sharon,
    What an awesome idea! I do have something in the cooker and will announce more about it as the time grows closer.

    But I really like this photo idea. I might try it for my romantic suspense that is scheduled for release in January.

    Thanks, Sharon!



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