Thursday Thoughts #72

The purpose of this blog is to help writers with their work, to be museful or perhaps instrumental in unclogging thoughts. To this end, I am providing a daily question, beginning sentence, beginning paragraph, prompt, and word-of-the-day to stimulate your “little gray cells.”

Question: How many library books have you checked out at any one time?

Sentence: At the first unusual sound, she was ready, prepared to strike as she had been thoroughly trained to do.

Paragraph: Two of the most oneriest, good fer nothin scroundrels in three counties got theirselves kilt the other day, drivin too dang fast down Squirrel Mountain road til they went soarin off, straight down into Salty Dog Canyon. Man, I wisht I coulda seen that! Bet it was excitin as all get out. Lots a yellin and flailin and wettin theirselves all the way down. I never get to see nothin fun! Even their coffins was nailt shut, cause they was so smashed to pulps. Homer down to the feed store heard tell their bones were stickin out all over the place. Woo-ee!

Prompt: Expand on a story/anecdote your grandmother/grandfather keeps/kept repeating.

Word of the Day: disquisition n. a long elaborate spoken or written account of something. (Oxford American Dictionary, Heald Colleges Edition, 1980)

If your work needs a title, tweaking, or critiquing, please do not hesitate to ask. Cyranette is here for you.


About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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4 Responses to Thursday Thoughts #72

  1. mskatykins says:

    LOVE the question of the day! I used to work in a library… Borrowers can take out 20 books at a time (loads, eh?) and I would often have 20 out… (sometimes a few more, shh!). The other great thing was that the staff were exempt from fines! Oh, it was a sad day when I gave that job up! 🙂

    What’s the maximum that you have had out?

    • Cyranette says:

      Funny you should mention working in a library. I always wanted to but life got in the way. The closest I came was being in charge of a little library at a small, rural elementary school for seven years. Then the REAL librarian with a degree took over and gave me orders to get rid of all books written before 1950. I was appalled and took many of them home. Even though they were children’s books, I could not bear to see them destroyed. The rest I gave to charities.

      I love everything about libaries and can’t wait to visit the great library in New York City and the Library of Congress in D.C. I might never leave. 🙂

      How fantastic that you could check out so many! Being that most libraries only allow books to be checked out for two weeks at a time, I have always limited myself to what I could read – usually four to six. However, in summers, as a teenager, that was a different story. I would usually read two a day. In college, I checked out eight to twelve, depending on the research I was doing. Nowadays, it’s down to four at a time usually…I would go back in time for that reason alone – reading incessantly. 🙂

      • mskatykins says:

        I really need to make more time for reading! I have so many books that I long to read yet haven’t had the time… One day, I hope! 🙂

        I loved working with the books. The environment was bizarre. I got into trouble, I think three times, for reading behind the desk when it was super quiet! Apparently it was setting the wrong example! What?! I was told that in two separate branches. I loved working with books, classifying them, organising them. But it was dirty work. Seriously. Those books got in quite a state. It always amazes me to see how people treat things that do not belong to them, it’s terribly sad!

        Back home (Glasgow, Scotland), you are allowed 20 books for a period of 4 weeks. Up here on the Isle of Lewis, it’s 3 weeks (I think) and they scrapped library fines last year. Naturally, I did have to pay once when I was sick and couldn’t get to the library. I was terribly worried because back home it’s 11pence a day per book (what’s that? 25 cents a day!?) and I had 6 books out, a week overdue! They charged me 80pence in total! Wow, I couldn’t believe it! Anyway, I can understand your passion for books and I would have salvaged those texts as well. So wonderful to be surrounded by so many fabulous stories! 🙂

        Do you have a favourite book? 🙂

  2. Cyranette says:

    Besides the mystery series of Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, and the Bobbsey Twins, my first favorite was THE MAGICAL MONARCH OF MO. However, a book that I still have and recommend to all girls is Gene Stratton Porter’s A GIRL OF THE LIMBERLOST. I know it is hokey by today’s standards, but it was my first serious book and inspired me to be proud of myself, being very shy and inhibited as I was. As for all the thousands of books I have read in my adult life, I have several favorites. Too impossible to narrow down to one, maybe one per genre…

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