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How Two Readers Became Writers


Most writers are also readers. We are no different – we have always loved books.  Our first library was the book mobile, a truck packed with books that came through our neighborhood once a week.  Our most memorable library growing up in West Virginia was in the basement of the fire station. Our mother, writer and reader that she is, always made a great effort to put books into our hands.
Some of our childhood favorites had a direct impact on us and prepared us to become writers. We are telling about our favorites on Wanda’s blog:

Do you have a favorite childhood book?

Betsy and Laurie

 by Duffey Myers

What we are reading: Unwritten by Charles Martin


What we are reading:  Unwritten by Charles Martin

How can you not love a book that contains these words:

The library was magical because every time I walked through the door, there were literally thousands of voices ready and willing to have a conversation with me.  I walked through the door, stared at all those stacks and bindings, and whispered, “Tell me a story.”

We are always looking for books that bring out the importance of writing and show the healing that comes when we share our stories. Unwritten does not disappoint.  Throughout the overarching tale of a priest, an actress and a hermit we see the power of the words to transform lives.

Life was in the telling.  In the exhale.

 The book begins appropriately with a confession and then moves through a fast paced sequence of events always punctuated by the revelation of the backstory of each character.  We keep reading, pulled on by the hope of redemption.

All hearts have but one request.  One simple, unspoken, undeniable need.  One undeniable fear.   To be known.

Charles Martin can tell a story and brings us an entertaining read with a deeper look at the power of stories, written and unwritten.

Stories order the pieces.  They begin as seismic shifts, then they surface, becoming ripples that lap upon foreign shores.  They are the echoes that resonate in this world and the next.

We might have to reread this one.  Have you read it?  Please share.

Betsy and Laurie

Writing Sisters

Do You Have a Favorite Bookstore?


“I can’t pass a bookstore without slipping inside, looking for the next book that will burn my hand when I touch its jacket, or hand me over a promissory note of such immense power that it contains the formula that will change everything about me.” ― Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

Do you have a favorite bookstore?

Betsy and Laurie

10 Great Quotes from Anne Frank

Anne Frank

Anne Frank (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. “Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”

2. “A quiet conscience makes one strong!”

3. “Those who have courage and faith shall never perish in misery”

4. “Memories mean more to me than dresses.”

5. “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”

6. “Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”

7. “In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.”

8. “No one has ever become poor by giving.”

9. “Because paper has more patience than people. ”

10. “Whoever is happy will make others happy.”

Do you have other favorites?

Betsy and Laurie

Can you guess these fictional mothers?



Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day (Photo credit: godserv)


A good fictional mom is hard to find.  Here are our top eight.  Can you guess who they are? We included a quote to help you.

 1. Loving mother who teaches her son well and sacrifices her life for him when danger comes.  She remains unnamed in the story.


  “Where one thing falls, another grows.  Maybe not what was there before, but something wonderful just the same.”


 2. Crusty adoptive mom who lives with her brother and takes in a young girl after hoping to take in a boy to help with the farm.


 “Anne Shirley, I wouldn’t trade you for a dozen boys.”


3. Single mom writer who sacrifices her life for her babies leaving them in the care of a humble pig.


 “It’s true, and I have to say what’s true.”


4. Nameless mom who crawls in her adult son’s bedroom window to rock him to sleep.


 “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”


5. Loving mother and wife who loves her family and quilting and gardening. Sets a good example in prayer and love.


 When the TV is on all day without rest, Mama knows it’s too much, and Mama knows best.”


6. Tough woman who loves her husband and children while struggling to live the hard life on the prairie.


“This earthly life is a battle. If it isn’t one thing to contend with, it’s another. It always has been so, and it always will be. The sooner you make up your mind to that, the better off you are, and the more thankful for your pleasures.”


7. A devout woman who raises spiritual children with encouragement and love.


  “Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, till you find your dream.”


8. A strong, faithful mother raising four daughters while her husband is off at war.


 “Our burdens are here, our road is before us, and the longing for goodness and happiness is the guide that leads us through many troubles and mistakes to the peace which is a true Celestial City.”


Did you get them all?  Are there more?


Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers:  biological, adoptive, and spiritual,


Betsy and Laurie


10 Great Quotes from Gandalf


1. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

2. I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.

3 . He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.

4. Even the most subtle spiders may leave a weak thread.

5. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life.

6. Only a small part is played in great deeds by any hero.

7. A treacherous weapon is ever a danger to the hand.

8. The wise speak only of what they know.

9. The treacherous are ever distrustful.

10. A traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend.

From  J.R.R. Tolkien

Do you have other favorites?

Betsy and Laurie

Pat Conroy on Books


“Books are living things and their task lies in their vows of silence. . . If you do them the favor of understanding them, of taking in their portions of grief and wisdom, then they settle down in contented residence in your heart.”

Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

Does it Matter What We Read?


 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

“He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write. He is careful of what he learns, for that is what he will know.”

— Annie Dillard (The Writing Life)

What are you reading today?  Is it worth putting into your mind? Does it even matter what we read?

Betsy and Laurie

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