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Thanks to Becca Puglisi for guest posting! Becca is a blogger at The Bookshelf Muse and co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide To Character ExpressionsI asked her about what she'd read before the end of the world. This is what she came up with.

When Vicki asked me to post about the 5 Books I Would Read before the Apocalypse, it took me awhile to figure it out. I mean, what books must I ABSOLUTELY read before the end of the world? But then I pictured my last days on Earth, muscling my way through Les Miserables, and I realized...I’m approaching this assignment from the wrong angle. I mean, there wouldn’t be room in my backpack for that book AND my solar-powered cell phone charger, AND my bear proof/anti-zombie/radiation-repellant sleeping bag. So, no. If the end were near, I’d have to embrace regret, throw my To Be Read list out the window, and go for the practical reads:

  1. Alas Babylon. For a refresher course on how to stock up for judgment day. Also, the people in this story survived a nuclear apocalypse just a few hours from me, so, in a pinch, I could always drive to Fort Repose and hole up there.
  2. The Phantom Tollbooth. ‘Cause if I could find my own magical tollbooth to drive my son’s toy car through, I could totally avoid the apocalypse altogether. I mean, The Kingdom of Wisdom sounds like kind of a snooze, but it beats Post-Apocalyptic Florida, which in every end-of-the-world scenario ends up Underwater. In the event they no longer make phantom tollbooths, I’ll have to give The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe a try. And also, The Time Machine, though I’m no scientist, so that would really be kind of far-fetched.
  3. The Original Screenplay for Terminator 2. If I can’t escape the apocalypse, I’ll have to take the next logical step, and stop it from happening. To do this, I’ll need all the information I can find on Cyberdyne Systems. Sure, Sarah and John had a terminator to help them, but he was an older model. With today’s internet capabilities, I can make my own bombs out of Mountain Dew bottles and aluminum foil, so there really should be no problem.
  4. The Book of Jokes, and also, the movie Tommy Boy. Because all this end-of-times stuff is kind of a downer. It’s important to keep your spirits up when facing imminent death.
  5. The Bible. No matter how well prepared you are, there’s always a chance that the end of the world could actually kill you. I’ve read a lot of the Bible, but not the whole thing. And if you’re going to meet your Maker...well, it would be nice to be able to tell him you’ve read his book.

So many books, so little time. What do you think, fellow eschatologists? What books would you read if the end was near?

Becca Puglisi is one half of The Bookshelf Muse blogging duo, and co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression. Listing the body language, visceral reactions and thoughts associated with 75 different emotions, this brainstorming guide is a valuable tool for showing, not telling, emotion. The Emotion Thesaurus is available for purchase through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Smashwords, and the PDF can be purchased directly from her blog.


As part of an internet-wide campaign, I am participating in RAOK, the brainchild of The Bookshelf Muse (authors ofThe Emotion Thesaurus whose link you'll find on my Links page.)

A smile. An encouraging word. A thoughtful gesture. Each day people interact with us, help, and make our day a bit brighter and full. This is especially true in the Writing Community.

Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and keeps you strong when times are tough. The author who generously offers council, advice and inspiration when asked.

So many people take the time to make us feel special, don't they? They comment on our blogs, re-tweet our posts, chat with us on forums and wish us Happy Birthday on Facebook.

Kindness ROCKS!

To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ. And because I think KINDNESS is contagious, I'm participating too!

I am randomly blitzing @beyondthemoor, an old fanfiction.net friend and a terrific writer who I know someday soon will sell a book. I have previously said that I owe my career and my life to fanfiction, and Mor has been a huge part of that support system. Visit her at her livejournal page!

Mor, you are an inspiration, and even after I stopped writing fanfic, you still came out to support me. As my RAOK, I am sending you a $20 gift card to the book retailer of your choice.

Do you know someone special that you'd like to randomly acknowledge?
Don't be shy--come join us and celebrate! Send them an email, give them a shout out, or show your appreciation in another way. Kindness makes the world go round. 🙂

Becca and Angela have a special RAOK gift waiting for you as well, so hop on over to The Bookshelf Muse to pick it up.

Have you ever participated in or been the recipient of a Random Act Of Kindness?  Let me know in the comments!