SparkPeople Literary Women Team Messageboard Do you find yourself wetting the pages of Austen with your sweat on the eliptical? This team couples fierce literary passion with intellectual and physical wellness. SparkPeople Literary Women Team Messageboard Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:20 EST What to do when your mojo goes? I am having a great time in the rest of my life . I keep swearing off sweets and crap and by 4:00 eating them till I'm sick. Then I go home and lay around. <BR> If having the information was key - I would weigh 120 pounds soaking wet., but MOTIVATION is key. Where do you get that? <BR> THE ANSWER IS : YOU GIVE IT TO YOURSELF! You go where it is and hang out. You talk to winners at losing. You fill your brain with good ideas and STOP talking about it. <BR> I find talking about what I am... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 09:54:29 EST latest news I am pumped! I was voted President of Tulsa NIght Writers, a writing club that has been a round for over 60 years. I call myself "Commander-in-Ink" for our newsletter! <em>244</em> <BR> Anyway, we have had 2 meetings this year and have made a few minor changes and enjoyed new members and a rollicking good time! <BR> I have been writing more and feeling very happy about leading our group into the future. <BR> I enjoy Margaret Atwood's writing and she will be in Tulsa in April.Another ... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:21:07 EST Still Active? Hello!! <BR> <BR> I'm Kate, a lover of audiobooks (ok, I prefer real books - the feel, the look, the scent... I have been known to sniff a book or two *lol* Maybe I'm weird) but find it hard to find the time to read a book, so often I listen while working out or doing chores. <BR> <BR> Hoping to find some good discussion and suggestions, and have fun meeting other bibliophiles! :) Sat, 19 Jan 2013 16:35:23 EST Goodreads? Are you on Goodreads? I am! Would love to follow some Sparkers who love to read, too! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>jenn-mccollum </link> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:04:39 EST desert island list So, what books would you take with you to be stranded? <BR> Mine starts with Shakespeare and ends with Tom Robbins. Mon, 14 May 2012 09:51:52 EST Hi Everyone Hi, I'm a new member to Spark and I love to read. I decided this is the SparkTeam for me to join. I'm a teacher, so reading is very important to me. I don't get to read as much as I want during the school year; however, I make up for it in the summer months! <em>149</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 01:24:07 EST Taking suggestions for July BOM We haven't been doing a book of the month, and I apologize for that. I would love to hear what you would like to read together in the month of July. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 07:07:21 EST APRIL BOM I must apologize that we didn't have a BOM for March. Time just got away from me, and now it's almost April. <BR> <BR> So here are the choices for April: <BR> <BR> Room by Emma Donoghue <BR> <BR> The Glass Room by Simon Mawer <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 06:49:36 EST February BOM This month you have a choice. You can read the selection I've chosen or choose any book written by one (or more) of the authors listed below. <BR> <BR> The BOM for February is The House Of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle <BR> The inside jacket says "A chilling prelude to Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights that blends Yorkshire lore and Bronte family history" <BR> <BR> If that doesn't appeal to you, the authors I've selected are: <BR> Mary Oliver (an American poet) <BR> Octavia E. Butler <BR> ... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 06:42:47 EST Looking to February In February I thought maybe we could do something a little different. <BR> <BR> I will suggest several authors and you can choose a book by one (or more) to read. I think that as we all share what we've chosen that will lead to some great discussion and perhaps some new books that we hadn't heard of yet. <BR> <BR> I have a few authors in mind. Is there anyone in particular YOU'D like to see either in February or in upcoming months? Tue, 25 Jan 2011 08:00:30 EST Literary Women Team Survey: Your Voice Matters! Good morning good ladies! <BR> <BR> Once again, thanks for your continued support of our efforts to make the Literary Women Spark Team a welcoming, warm and stimulating place to interact! Tammy and I have been communicating and have come up with a survey we would like all of you to participate in. We promise to read and consider every suggestion, idea, criticism, concern and comment and to try to help support you. Please take a few minutes to scroll down and complete the survey. We look f... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 11:51:50 EST The best book you ever read What is the bed book you ever read? Do you have one that you have read over and over again? Wed, 12 Jan 2011 06:01:35 EST January BOM I know it's a little late, but this month's selection is your choice between: <BR> <BR> Room by Emma Donoghue <BR> <BR> Them by Nathan McCall <BR> <BR> <BR> The are both a little different than what we normally read, but that's fine. Looking forward to some discussion on either or both. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 07:21:21 EST Welcome to our newest members!! Hello and welcome to our newest members! We are so glad you joined Literary Women. Please take a moment and tell us a bit about yourself. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 05:49:07 EST What would you think of me as team leader? Hi ladies! I just hit my 4th stage of Spark - Spread the Spark and I think I would like to give team leader a try. Unless there is someone else who would like to do it or would like to be co-leaders, either works for me. I feel like I could be supportive and encouraging and feel that I have a good start on making this a lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> I'd value feedback...what do you think? Thanks! <BR> Donna <BR> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 05:28:55 EST Suggestions for January BOM? I'm hoping that some of you will want to continue our BOM? I have truly enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions for January's book? Sat, 18 Dec 2010 18:16:41 EST What shall become of us? What's to become of our humble little Literary Women team now that we've become aware of Jenn's leaving Spark? Fri, 17 Dec 2010 07:46:37 EST Book Title Game! Using only books you have read this year (2010), cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. It’s a lot harder than you think! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Describe Yourself: <BR> <BR> How do you feel: <BR> <BR> Describe where you currently live: <BR> <BR> If you could go anywhere, where would you go: <BR> <BR> Your favorite form of transportation: <BR> <BR> You and your friends are: <BR> <BR> What’s the weather like: <BR> <BR> Favorite time of day: <BR> <BR... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 18:20:49 EST I started a literary blog! It explores the boundaries of literature and corporeal experience. I'd love some followers! Let me know if you have a blog so that I can follow it as well! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 13:50:43 EST Food Poems What are some of your favorite poems that involve food? Sun, 12 Dec 2010 12:07:09 EST How Many Books on this List Have YOU Read? The Modern Library posted a list of the top 100 books selected by them and by readers. I have included them below. There are 200 total. <BR> <BR> How many of these 200 have YOU read? <BR> <BR> MODERN LIBRARY'S TOP 100 <BR> <BR> 1. ULYSSES by James Joyce <BR> 2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald <BR> 3. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce <BR> 4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov <BR> 5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley <BR> 6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY ... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 15:44:40 EST Favorite Books of 2010 What were your favorite reads in 2010? Sun, 5 Dec 2010 11:56:35 EST "Doubles" in Literature For my Winter quarter literature class I have decided to teach a course called "Doppelgangers in Fiction." <BR> <BR> I thought it would be fun to compile a list of some of our favorite books/poems/short stories that address a "doubling" theme. Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:51:07 EST Problems Writing Those of us who write commonly get bouts of writer's block. What are some problems that you tend to encounter while writing? Fri, 26 Nov 2010 14:47:51 EST December 2010 BOM: Emma This December, we'll be reading Jane Austen's classic novel *Emma,* as we take on a long classics series. <BR> <BR> The "classics series" will include books with key scenes involving food. Looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> Sat, 20 Nov 2010 11:53:17 EST Favorite Holiday Books What are your favorite holiday books? Thu, 18 Nov 2010 14:54:02 EST Books on your Wish List! What books are you just salivating over? Are there any texts that you are dying to buy/have/read? Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:55:33 EST Dear Santa... ...for the new year, I would like ---------- Wed, 17 Nov 2010 15:20:44 EST The Next BOM! Every month I've been asking one member of the team to choose the BOM. <BR> <BR> We've been reading books about food since this team started, but I'd like to broaden the spectrum. <BR> <BR> Let's use this forum to SHOUT OUT a book that you'd like to see featured in the BOM. And we'll get to them one by one. <BR> <BR> What books do want to read together?! <em>104</em> Sat, 6 Nov 2010 15:44:06 EST Favorite Love Stories What are your favorite love stories in literature? Fri, 5 Nov 2010 12:39:23 EST Leaders in October 2010 Who among our Literary Ladies have come in the top 10 for October spark points? <BR> <BR> 1. CWORDPLAY6 <BR> 2. ESLTEACHER1 <BR> 3. FIFFINA <BR> 4. TAMLKING <BR> 5. MOHO13 <BR> 6. CHIPPEE <BR> 7. SUNNYWBL <BR> 8. SARAWALKS <BR> 9. NAMO07 <BR> 10. LADYZHERRA <BR> <BR> Congrats to everyone for such amazing and inspirational work! <em>345</em> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 12:12:44 EST Period Pieces I'm a lover of Victorian, early 19th century, and 18th century texts. <BR> <BR> Anyone else really LOVE to read works from a particular period? Sun, 31 Oct 2010 11:51:28 EST November 2010 BOM: A Feast of Words Our November BOM is Anna Shapiro's *A Feast of Words,* chosen by a member of the team! <BR> <BR> I have ordered my copy already, and I'm looking forward to another book that gestures toward food! I hope you've all been enjoying the overarching theme of food in literature. We may try something different in December. <BR> <BR> Post your thoughts! Let us all know if you enjoy Shapiro's book! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>345</em> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 11:49:41 EST How Often? How often do you write per week? Fri, 29 Oct 2010 23:39:03 EST Happy or Sad? We all gravitate toward our favorite kinds of endings in books, don't we? Do you prefer happy or sad endings? <BR> <BR> I prefer sad! Fri, 29 Oct 2010 23:38:13 EST Bright Reading for Rainy Weather I live in Seattle. It's gray a lot. I want some bright reading suggestions that can chase away the chilly, rainy blues. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:01:43 EST Publishers s/Editions A friend of mine is obsessed with small publishing companies. <BR> <BR> Do you have some publishers that tend to publish books that you love? <BR> <BR> ...or, editions that you prefer to buy over others? Sun, 17 Oct 2010 12:15:00 EST Character, Plot, or Style? When you read literature, do you care most about the characters, the plot, or the style? <BR> <BR> (Or maybe something else?) Tue, 12 Oct 2010 00:34:10 EST Feminist Literature Which good books or poems have you read that have a strong "feminist" (female empowerment) message? Sat, 9 Oct 2010 16:54:04 EST November - National Novel Writing Month So the last three years I wanted to join in to write a 50,000 word novel in November. Every year I was not able to do it because of how busy I was. Well, this year I am going to do it and I challenge anyone else who wants to, to join in. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Just follow this link to get started. Fri, 8 Oct 2010 19:41:38 EST The worst book you ever read Although you probably want to forget it...what was it? Fri, 8 Oct 2010 00:13:57 EST Do you want a fitness forum on this team? Just wondering. Let me know your thoughts. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about combining the reading and writing forums and creating a new fitness section. Would you be interested in that, or do you prefer that we stay focused on literature only? Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:46:44 EST October 2010: The Edible Woman I am about halfway through Margaret Atwood's *The Edible Woman* and I have mixed feelings about it so far. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 12:05:40 EST Reading and Fitness How does your passion for reading/literature fit into your fitness? Does it? Thu, 23 Sep 2010 11:36:38 EST Favorite Literary Quotes ...I know you have them! Let's hear 'em! Thu, 23 Sep 2010 11:35:25 EST Oprah's Book Club Do you tend to read books suggested by Oprah? Are you usually satisfied with them? Wed, 22 Sep 2010 13:45:19 EST Why is literature important to you? I mean, we could all list off thousands of reasons. But what are the top reasons that literature is important, in your opinion? Mon, 20 Sep 2010 20:25:37 EST Do you keep a blog? I'm a bit late, I guess, coming to the whole blog thing. Recently, I've started a blog at <BR> <BR> I have no idea how it works, really. <BR> <BR> Do you keep a blog? If you wouldn't mind sharing it, post your web address here so we can all network together! Sun, 12 Sep 2010 11:15:13 EST TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY! Our library is having a festival today to celebrate INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY!I wanted to share this excerpt written by the literacy coordinator - who grew up in a home where her father could not read: <BR> <BR> <BR> "While planning the library's hosting of an International Literacy Day celebration, the theme of which is "Literacy is Freedom," I read again and again about lives transformed by the ability to read. I thought about how close I came to growing up not reading in this country.... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 14:33:31 EST Food and Literature While I read this month's BOM, *Like Water for Chocolate,* I can't help but to think about other literature that uses food as a main theme. <BR> <BR> Which books or poems (or other genres) have you read that use food as a main theme? <em>267</em> Sat, 4 Sep 2010 12:30:53 EST It's a Mystery! Anyone else a mystery fan? <BR> <BR> I got hooked on Agatha Christie very early and found her characters fascinating - not just Miss Marple and Poirot but also how she wrote about those who commit crimes and those who are its victims. And I have to admit I'm grateful that she wrote more than gore and sensation. <BR> <BR> If you are a mystery fan, who do you read? <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> CJ Thu, 2 Sep 2010 16:57:56 EST Thoughts about Shakespeare Shakespeare is still the most famous playwright in Western literature. He has a spot in more college courses than any other, I'm pretty sure. Does he deserve it? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 11:56:04 EST Are books dead? Many people that I know are switching to "Kindle" or e-books, as a greener way to read texts. <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts about reading *REAL* books versus reading text electronically? Is this a switch that we should make? Thu, 26 Aug 2010 19:33:32 EST Is Reading Political? When talking about literature, does anyone else get equally caught up in the social, cultural and political implications of a work? <BR> <BR> I used to be quite active in the book blogging world and the two blogs I publish are colored by my politics and feminist views. <BR> <BR> What about you? Sat, 21 Aug 2010 16:58:03 EST Writing for FUN #2 This writing exercise asks that you compose one haiku about late summer. <BR> <BR> Need a refresher about what a haiku is? Wikipedia does a better job than I could at explaining it. Check it out here? <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Looking forward! <em>67</em> Fri, 20 Aug 2010 14:00:49 EST September 2010: Like Water for Chocolate Our September BOM will be Laura Esquivel's *Like Water for Chocolate,* which has been selected by a featured member! <BR> <BR> If you'd like to chit-chat about the book, go ahead and check it out of your library and write your responses here! <BR> <BR> Woot! Mon, 16 Aug 2010 12:54:23 EST Childhood literature We all became literature addicts through many years of reading or writing. <BR> <BR> What did you love to read (or write) as a child? Mon, 16 Aug 2010 12:51:58 EST Is Wil a "feminist?" For those of us who have read the BOM *Huge* by Sasha Paley: <BR> <BR> Did you think of Wil as feminist? <BR> <BR> I've heard that the TV show *Huge* (which was inspired by the book) places Wil as a very clear feminist. <BR> <BR> But did she strike you as a feminist in the novel? Fri, 13 Aug 2010 11:39:49 EST Writing for fun #1 Look around the room that you're in right now and choose ONE object of interest. <BR> <BR> Compose a 100-150 word short story about this object that uses the word "hummingbird." <BR> <BR> The "short story" can be about anything, in any style. Have fun! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:11:51 EST Favorite poets I love to read poetry! Do you have some suggestions for great poets? Which poets do you really love to read? <BR> <BR> My favorites are Adrienne Rich and Thomas Hardy. <BR> <BR> But I need some suggestions! <BR> <em>195</em> Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:08:52 EST Book Club Rules * Do not respond to this post * <BR> <BR> If you'd like to participate in the monthly book club, you should do the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Get the book of the month (BOM) from your local library. I will let members know which book is featured about two weeks before the new month! <BR> <BR> 2. Read the book at your own pace throughout the month and comment on the discussion board. <BR> <BR> 3. When you're through reading the book, post a blog about it! Let us know what you thought. <B... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 10:39:11 EST Just wanted to say hi I am new to the team and pretty new to Sparks. Still figuring it all out. However, even as a newbie, it is very motivating. <BR> <BR> I am a book lover who, at the moment, could use some motivation to keep up her reading with a busy life! I am in the middle of "March" by Geraldine Brooks and hoping to finish "Doors of the Sea: Where was God in the Tsunami", by David Bently. <BR> <BR> I hope to learn about fitness and literature from all of you. Thanks! Tue, 3 Aug 2010 23:14:56 EST Good movies based on literature I tend to prefer reading over watching movies, but sometimes a movie version of a book comes out...and it's amazing. Sometimes, it's even better than the book! <BR> <BR> Do any movies fall into this category for you? Do share! <em>103</em> Tue, 3 Aug 2010 11:39:37 EST My recent article is on the web! Hello ladies! <BR> <BR> I am excited to announce that my most recent article is FINALLY on the web! It's a piece about feminism today and focuses on the female pedophile. <BR> <BR> You might check it out! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Scroll down and click on "Jenn McCollum" Mon, 2 Aug 2010 13:08:11 EST Literature about Madness I love lists! OMG. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was thinking today about good literature about madness. There is so much. But what are some of your favorite works that take up the theme of MADNESS? <em>145</em> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 16:42:39 EST Where do you like to write? So many places and spaces to write. Under which conditions to you prefer to write? Do you have a favorite location or atmosphere which tends to inspire you? <em>203</em> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 21:46:29 EST Summer reading list We're halfway through summer, and I am curious to know which books are (or have been) on your summer reading list? Wed, 28 Jul 2010 21:44:41 EST Top 10 authors of all time You heard right! I want to know who makes your list of TOP 10 AUTHORS OF ALL TIME! <BR> <BR> Take some time to sit on it. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing them! <em>345</em> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 21:43:01 EST How Many? On average, how many books do you read a month? Sun, 25 Jul 2010 20:22:56 EST Journals Keeping a journal has been a huge part of my life since I was six. My mother always tells the story: <BR> <BR> "Jenny came up to me one day in the kitchen with her little fists balled up on her hips and a frown on her face. She said, 'Mommy, I want a journal!' And I asked her 'What would you want with a journal?' to which she replied 'I got things to say!'" <BR> <BR> It's still true! My goodness DO I HAVE THINGS TO SAY! I still keep a journal to this day! <BR> <BR> For those of you wh... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 22:57:38 EST Sisters in literature I spoke with my sister today on the phone -- she's younger than me, and lives across the country. I haven't seen her in years. I miss her. <BR> <BR> I always like to read about sisters in literature. Do you have any favorites? Fri, 23 Jul 2010 22:54:41 EST Team goals? I just joined the "Complete literature 1 piece per week" goal, as it sounds like a good idea, but I was wondering if there is a specific guideline for it. Is it a whole book? A personal goal? I have taken way too long off from my personal goal of reading and taking detailed notes on the whole Norton Anthology of World Literature, and it's about time I got back into it. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 20:43:05 EST August 2010 Book Club! As a part of this team, I would like to have a monthly novel that members can read and discuss! Each month we can focus on a differet time period/genre. <BR> <BR> Because there aren't any members yet, I figured that we could use this space to make suggestions for a particular time period/genre of literature. <BR> <BR> Any suggetions? Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:53:34 EST Let's build a team together! What kind of forums would you like to see in this team? <BR> <BR> Are there any particular topics or subjects that interest you? <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:11:09 EST Are you a writer? What kind of work do you enjoy writing? Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:09:55 EST Novel heroines Who are your favorite heroines in novels? How have these women inspired you? Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:09:15 EST What is your favorite genre of literature? So many genres of literature out there! <BR> <BR> What is your NUMBER ONE favorite genre? Why? Thu, 22 Jul 2010 14:08:11 EST