Investing in a Series

Reading a series of books and you can’t help to become entangled with the storyline!

I love reading a series of books, so maybe that’s why I’m dedicating myself to writing my own mystery series. I actually have the outlines for two series, in different genres. I’m excited to get my ideas and words down in book format, and am now currently writing book number three.

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But most people who like book series started reading them at an early age. How many of you “series readers” started out reading something like  Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys? Some of our younger readers right now maybe in the middle of their own favorites: like the Harry Potter series. The series that we read are different than what our children are reading. Book genres for young adult readers have changed over the years, reflecting the changes in our society.

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 I’ve even noticed that the type of series you read changes as you get older, often reflecting your own changes in lifestyles. Your reading selections may also change as you interest and activities change.  Seasonal series may influence your reading choices too.  During the Christmas holidays, I love to read short stories that reflect the season.

There’s just something about getting into a series; you feel like you’re part of it. You become friends with the hero, you hate the villains, you anticipate the storylines, and you cheer for the underdog. You discover that you have your favorite characters and you have the characters that you dislike so much that you can’t wait to see them killed off, arrested or just done away with & written out of the story.

Another factor that keeps you interested in a series could be the time period it represents. Or the location of where the series was written. I know my mother loves Regency Romances, but I personally am fond of an Alaskan mini-series. There’s something about sitting on the beach, reading about cold Alaska weather that makes me feel good.

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It’s interesting to watch where the writers mind is going and follow along as they develop the characters from book to book, hooking you in so that you can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

How far are you into the current series you’re reading? Is it a romance, a historical, or an investigative series?

So, what kind of series has you hooked?

 

 

The Priceless Gift of Time!

The gift of time.

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Have you ever noticed how closely guarded every second of our day is? We pack each moment as tight as we can with activities and to do lists. We almost acted guilty if we find we suddenly have a few moments to ourselves.

Even worse than that, we fill our family’s lives in the same way. Our children go to playdates, sporting events, tutoring, art classes and all the other activities we can squeeze in for them. All in the hopes of making their lives better. Yet, in doing so we’ve taken away our child’s play time, the time to use their imaginations, time to develop true friendships, and the time to just be children.

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As for our husbands/wives we’re so full of activities that revolve around our own businesses activities and children’s lifestyles that we don’t take the proper time for each other. We’ve almost forgotten how to be romantic, how to take the time to be husband-and-wife. We even ask to have to penciling date nights so that we can spend time together away from my busy schedules.

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It’s a shame that our life become so wrapped up that we forgotten how to really enjoy life, how to take pleasure in just the simple acts. Moments like sitting on a porch swing and relaxing with each other holding hands, watching the children play in the yard trying to catch fireflies. These may be things of a bygone era, but they are things that I, personally, think should be brought back.

So the next time somebody ask you what kind of gift to get you, ask for something really special: the gift of time. Time to be by yourself, time to be with your family, without all their obligations. Time to personally grow. Maybe even a little to be with your Lord and bask in the glory of all he’s given us. Time for nature, because with our busy schedules we rush right by and don’t even spend the time to notice the wonderful flowers, smells, and the wild animals around us.

So, you’ve been given the gift of time – now what are you doing to do with it?