Happy National Book Lover’s Day!

Hey everyone! It’s National Book Lover’s Day! To celebrate, I thought I would write a little something about my love for books! To view a quick list of ten reasons I love books/reading, click here!


For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved reading. There was just something about the words on the page and what they had to say that moved me. While I wasn’t really choosy about what genre I read, I mostly focused my time and energy on fantasy. However, I also remember reading books like the Cam Jansen mystery series as well as others.

While I did watch TV as a child, I think I mostly read. I remember sometimes even reading a whole book in one day (maybe to some this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I don’t usually still do this).

I remember a lot of moments from my young reading life. I remember becoming utterly excited every time there would be a book fair at my school. I remember looking through the pamphlet you’d get beforehand showing off just some of the books that would be for sale. I can also clearly see my young self constantly picking out a joke book and purchasing it – something that my mother would always laugh about since I seemed to always buy one when I got the chance! To be honest, I’m not even sure I thought the jokes were funny! Then there was the Harry Potter phase. I never went truly overboard with liking the book, but after constantly hearing from my best friend at the time (and pretty much everyone else) about how good the book was, I decided to give it a shot. Lo and behold, I liked it! I believe I ended up reading close to all of the books. While I’m not a fan anymore and as I mentioned, was never a huge fan, I did enjoy reading them the first time around.

So from joke books to the Cam Jansen mystery series to the Harry Potter series to A Series of Unfortunate Events, and everything in between, I’ve always enjoyed reading and buying books. They’ve always been a source of adventure for me; of excitement and fun. Books will always hold a special place in my heart.

When it came to knowing what I wanted to do in life, I wasn’t always sure. I’ve always been kind of fascinated with writing, of course, but I’ve also liked the idea of fashion design and being around animals. In fact, when it came to fashion design, I used to play around with sketching T-shirts and the like, trying to imagine what the next cool designs in clothing could be.

However as time went on, I realized that I really did love to write. When in elementary school, my best friend and I would goof around with writing short stories together. I also used to write some poetry. When it came to deciding in high school what I’d major in when I attended college, the answer became obvious: I wanted to major in English or Writing!

Since the college I attended didn’t offer Writing as a major, I took it as a minor and took English as my major. While reading classics written by Shakespeare and Chaucer wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, I learned a lot in college about various forms of literature. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed my writing classes and young adult literature course!

But let’s get back to books, and my love of them. While I don’t read as much as I used to and I tend to watch more TV then turn the pages of a good novel, I still love reading and respect literature very much. I realize the importance of teaching your kids to read at an early age and I understand how vital it is to keep reading – to expand your horizons and allow the written world to open your mind to both the possible and impossible. Reading is essential, and therefore, so is writing. Never forget the importance of books – of reading. The world would be a scary place without it.

I will forever love books – both reading and writing them!

 

Goodreads Abstract Clarity Character Quiz!

Hey everyone! I just finished creating a new quiz on Goodreads! Now you can test your knowledge of the characters found in my short story collection, Abstract Clarity! To take the quiz, click the link below! Good luck!

https://www.goodreads.com/quizzes/1127020-abstract-clarity-character-quiz

If you’ve yet to purchase a copy of Abstract Clarity and wish to do so, you can purchase a paperback copy or Kindle copy by going on https://www.amazon.com/B.W.-Ginsburg/e/B01MU5Y0YL/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1501952519&sr=8-1

To view all the Goodreads quizzes for my books, click here!

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

 

 

 

Goodreads Sci-Fi and Fantasy Week: Why I Like the Genres

This week on the site Goodreads, they’re celebrating the genres of Sci-Fi and Fantasy – two genres that I like very much. While I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi books per say, I am a fan of science fiction movies. I’m also a fan of fantasy books.

I think one of the first sci-fi movies I ever saw was Back to the Future, a movie that has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. I love the characters, the plot, and of course, the idea of time travel. Do I believe that it would ever be possible to travel through time? No. Do I think it’s an awesome concept? Absolutely!

I’ve seen many sci-fi movies and TV shows – Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Spider-Man, Superman, AI, Armageddon, ET, Quantum Leap, too many to name. In addition, I’ve read many fantasy novels and short stories – Ink Heart, Harry Potter, Wicked, etc. Science Fiction and Fantasy are two of the most imaginative genres out there!

That’s the great thing about fantasy and science fiction – almost anything goes! It’s fun to play around with reality and see what one can come up with. Let’s face it, sometimes we want to think about other things besides what happens in our daily lives. Fantasizing about the ‘what-ifs’ can be an entertaining thing to do as long as the what-ifs don’t cause us stress and anxiety.

Perhaps my love for fantasy and science fiction is why the two books I wrote are of the fantasy genre. Fantasy is so much fun to write! With fantasy, you can just let your mind wander and see what it comes up with – some of the best stories come from thinking outside the box!

Like fantasy, science fiction is extremely flexible when it comes to what you can do with it. The strangest concepts can be molded into amazing stories if done so properly.

Real life is far from boring – exciting things happen all the time. However, I think we can all agree that once in a while, it’s fun to imagine a world where fantastical and supernatural things occur. I really do believe that science fiction and fantasy are two very important, fun genres. They both help to open the mind!

What are your favorite sci-fi and fantasy movies and TV shows? Favorite books that fall into these two genres? What science fiction and fantasy concepts are your favorites? Here is are some sci-fi and fantasy shows, movies, and books that I recommend:

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows & Movies 

Back to the Future

Jurassic Park

Jaws

Spider-Man

Superman

AI

Armageddon

ET

Quantum Leap

Warehouse 13

Haven

Lois and Clark

Star-Man

Skeptic

The Twilight Zone

The Langoliers

Books

Ink Heart

Harry Potter

Wicked

Abstract Clarity and Rest in Piece (my own horror and fantasy books)

 

 

 

Abstract Clarity Giveaway: Final Day To Enter!

Hi everyone! For all of you who have an Instagram account, today (July 28th) is the final day to enter the giveaway to win a FREE Kindle copy of my horror/fantasy short story collection, Abstract Clarity!

If you’re interested in entering, the rules are simple. All you have to do is mention one of my books (either Rest in Piece or Abstract Clarity) in your Instagram feed and tag me @b.w.ginsburg48 by tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Once I choose a winner (which will be selected at random using random.org), I will send you an email with the Kindle edition of my short story collection, Abstract Clarity. Your email will not be used for any other purpose than for the giveaway. Thank you and good luck!


About Abstract Clarity: A Collection of Short Stories:

“The real meaning of Hell, a woman’s love for Halloween gone horribly wrong, and a magical pen. A mysterious place called Dream Land and an inanimate object that, with a little luck and hard work, helps change the world. In these five fantastical, terrifying, and beautiful stories, you will discover that there is more to life than the ordinary and explainable.”

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Cover Photo: B.W. Ginsburg

 

Kindle E-book Giveaway

 

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Image by B.W. Ginsburg

Hey everyone, as you may have noticed on the left side of this page, I will be hosting a giveaway for my new short story collection, Abstract Clarity. The rules can be found on my Instagram page, or below!

How to Enter:
1.) Mention my book (Abstract Clarity by B.W. Ginsburg) in your feed. Make sure to tag me in your post. This is how you get entered!

Additional Details:
-Make sure you have a way to read Kindle E-books as this is the format you will receive, should you win the giveaway.
-Be willing to give me your email if you win as this is how your book will be sent to you. I will send you a DM if you are the winner. The winner will be randomly selected.
-Please consider leaving an honest review after reading the book if you win the giveaway. I will appreciate it very much!
-At least 5 people must enter. If I don’t receive at least 5 entries, I will cancel the giveaway. I will let you know if this happens. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or send me a DM on Instagram!

 

Rest In Piece – Who Doesn’t Love Heroes?

 

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Picture Taken By: B.W. Ginsburg

From Superman to Sydney Bristow from Alias, heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Louise Erikson, the protagonist in my novel, Rest in Piece, is only twelve years old but is already given a chance to become a heroine. When she sees a mysterious image in a puzzle, her whole world is turned upside down. Will she be brave and take on the challenge placed before her, or will she find the task too demanding? Find out by purchasing your copy today! Kindle and paperback versions are available on Amazon.com!

[Picture and description also found on my Instagram page]

 

My Writing Life

If you were to ask me when I knew I wanted to be an author, I’d probably have to say in high school. However, if you asked me when I began to love writing, I’d have to go back way further than that.

I always remember being in first grade and, with my finger, tracing in the carpet a letter. Maybe it was the letter ‘B’, I’m not totally sure. I even think my teacher at the time commented about it and how it showed I was interested in letters or writing or, something like that. It was a long time ago so the memory is a little fuzzy. I do remember tracing in the carpeting though and I remember loving to write.

As time went on, my best friend and I would write stories together in elementary school. We’d pick up a notebook and just start writing. I also remember distinctively writing poetry – maybe not very good poetry (it centered around a crush I had and I remember just repeating the same lines over and over again), but poetry nonetheless.

Above all else, I’ve always liked to write stories. I’ve tried my hand at writing poetry and even song lyrics (some have come out okay), but neither of these have felt as good and as right as when I write stories.

When I was younger, I read a lot. I still read today, but not as much. Sadly, I think I’ve become what is  known as a ‘mood reader’, a term I’ve recently learned means that, well, I have to be in the mood to read. Unfortunately, I’m often not in the mood. This is going to make me sound old, but I think due to the internet and TV, I sometimes tend to choose that over reading. It’s instant gratification and takes less thinking. Plus, it’s a lot more visual. I’m not saying that I like it more, it’s just how things have turned out. Trust me, I still love to read and find it way more essential than watching TV or surfing the web.

My point is that I’ve always loved to read and have found it extremely important. I think the love for reading is what made me love writing. Being a writer helps you become part of the literary world. I’ve admired so many authors over the years and have enjoyed reading their work. Now, as a writer, I can express myself and my ideas through words and literature. Hopefully, just as I’ve enjoyed many books over the years, readers will enjoy my writing.

The thought that someone could read a book that I wrote and fall in love with it makes me so happy. It’s not about the money or the fame (though those are nice things), but rather it’s about being able to give something to others that they will enjoy. Also, I love the idea of being part of something so wonderful.

So that’s my writing journey in a nutshell, or a post for that matter! What’s your writing journey? When did your love for writing begin?