Book Club Monday – The Joy Luck Club pt. 1

Kicking off our first book club title, we have a modern classic by Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club. Perhaps like me you’ve read it before and wish to read it again, or maybe you’re reading it for the first time. Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy it and check back for further discussion of the first 4 chapters next week. Below are a couple of discussion questions we can consider for next week. Feel free to post any responses you might have!

The Joy Luck Club – Discussion Questions

1. When and why was the Joy Luck Club formed? Why were the words “joy” and ” luck” included in the club’s name? What is the significance of these meetings? Do you have meetings/rituals with friends/family that are similar to this?
2. Why do the characters in THE JOY LUCK CLUB use stories to communicate rather than simply stating stating what they are thinking and feeling? What effect do the stories have on the listener in the story? What effect do they have on the reader?


Sunday Night Writers’ Chat #1

I’m just going to open up the writers’ chat super early tonight, and you guys can feel free to reply at your leisure. Or just grab some popcorn and watch. Or not. Whatever makes ya happy. Here is an extremely generic picture representing a chat room. Enjoy!

Tonight’s Discussion

CHARACTER NAMES. Do you agonize over them? Do you pick them randomly from a hat? How important is the naming process to you while crafting a story? Do all of your characters’ names have meaning, or no? Discuss.

My Response: Personally, I tend to agonize over the nuances of meaning in character names to a point. I usually make sure at least part of the name, either the first name or surname, has some underlying meaning hidden within it… And beyond that I just go with something that has a good “ring” to it. I’ll always prefer a good sound over meaning when it comes to a name, if something has great meaning but just doesn’t sound right together.

Looking forward to some responses! No responses makes me sad. Don’t make me sad!

New Weekly Content Schedule for the Blog

Happy Saturday, everyone!

There is no weekend in the land of retail, so I had to work today, but at last I’m at home and winding down. So as I sit here sipping my Merlot and crank up the Coldplay, I am of course thinking of new content for the blog. The main purpose of this blog was initially just to get myself writing again, to give myself a deadline so to speak, a place where I will be forced to consistently share content and therefore make sure I just keep writing just keep writing JUST KEEP WRITING. It was only a delightful side effect when people started actually reading and following my posts here. So I thought it might be nice if I set out a weekly schedule for the blog with consistent content for you to enjoy! Here’s what I came up with…

Mondays: Book Club Monday

I recently started a book club with some of the girls at work, and I thought it might be cool to open it up to my followers here on the blog as well. I will be posting more details about participation next Monday. In August we will be reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. So if you’d like to join us, you can get your copy from Amazon or your local bookseller. Then check back on Monday about how to participate starting in August!

Thursdays: Review Thursday

Every Thursday I will post a review of what I read that week. Occasionally, books will be supplanted by journals or blogs, such as in my post earlier this week about Analog.

Fridays: Fiction Friday

On Friday I will share a piece of my own fiction. I am currently working on a new short story project, so that will likely be what I use to start us off on next Friday.

Sundays: Sunday Writer’s Chat

On Sundays I thought it might be fun to host a Writer’s Chat on a chosen topic related to the craft of writing. We can either set up a chat room, or reply through comments. If there is an interest in this, please feel free to suggest topics for the chat! I’m thinking every Sunday from 9-10pm EST.

Phew, that’s a lot to do every week. Let’s see how it goes in the weeks to come, and thank you all for reading the blog! If you’re new here, feel free to subscribe to receive new posts by email – The “follow” button is in the top right corner of the blog sidebar. WordPress users can add me to your blogroll as well.

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PS: Do you like the new blog theme?

Peace, love, and chocolate! ~ Laura