The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, September 16, 2016

NaNoWriMo Anyone? and Back-of-the-Book Blurb Friday #26

     Yes, it's still September, but I'm thinking of November... and NaNoWriMo looming over my head.

     I plan on doing NaNo this year. Last Spring I was the member of a jury and we spent a week listening to testimony about the murder. What happened in the jury deliberation room was shocking and disappointing to me, and changed forever the way I think about juries. That might be the book I work on...

     If you're knee-deep in a manuscript right now, or you're working on a poetry collection or you're planning on doing NaNo this year, I'd love to hear from you. My 6-8th graders are going to work on NaNo projects... they just don't know it yet. (When I say, "NaNo is coming soon," they think I'm Mork calling Orson.)

And now, onto book blurb stuff:
  • Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your book.
  • You choose the genre. A mystery? A coffeetable book full of creeper photos? A historical piece? You decide.
  • Write an enticing blurb--150 words or less. (The title doesn't count in the word count.) Lisa Ricard Claro is the original brains behind this writing exercise. Her third romance book just came out in July (Love to Win) so right now she's alternating her time between sitting on her couch and poking into the bottom of pieces of chocolate in a Whitman Sampler (trying to avoid the nasty "jelly"-centered ones) and french-braiding Fabio's hair (he so needs a new look).
  • Include your blurb in a blog post. Include a link to this post. 
  • Link your post to Mr. Linky. Mr. Linky is easy. You don't have to buy him a drink or anything. If you've never done it, you'll be impressed with how simple he is.
  • Check out the other blurb(s). It's interesting to see the different directions writers take, given the same photo.
  • And most importantly, have fun. This is supposed to be enjoyable.

Here is the photo and my it's-done blurb:

A Pretty Good Cook

Mike was some cook. Vienna sausage casserole, topped with a Snapple-reduction drizzle. Bologna spaceships, covered in melted Velveeta. Spam lasagna. Mushroom caps stuffed with squirrel filets. You name it, he could kill it (if needed) and then whip it up in the kitchen.

But cooking anywhere else in the house wasn’t happening. Not at all. It was puzzling. Mike made sure he was always impeccably attired. He was obsessed with keeping his beard combed and oiled… and yet he was still living alone…

… Until one day, when Mike was deep in the woods, hunting for any critter he could put a bead on, he found he wasn’t by himself. There was a woman in the forest with him.

Mike rushed down the hill, falling twice while a greeting tumbled out of his mouth. The woman just stared. And then she chuckled.

Will Mike learn to cook in other places? (150 words)

And here's the photo for next week, Val (and for anyone else who wants to join us).


  1. Shouldn't you be in school, Madam? Your tale is making me hungry! I'm hoping the woman Mike meets in the woods is a Sasquatchess. I don't think your Mike would mind.

    1. Val--No, I think Mike is not too particular...

  2. I hope Mike finds romance and is cooking at a new place! :)

  3. Mike is cooking up something and I am certain this is going to be al ove story gone awry.

  4. Could this strange woman be into cannibalism?

    I usually do NaNo every other year, so in 2016 I'm in. My plan is to do a sequel of sorts to my current historical, which was submitted last week amidst much hair tearing and nail biting.


    1. Pat--Cannibalism? You put quite a twist on an already-twisted story.

      I hope you still have some hair and that your nails aren't bitten to the quick. I think submitting a manuscript is more difficult than birthing a baby... But maybe that's because I've forgotten how painful childbirth is.

      I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

  5. Good luck with NaNo. I've tried it a couple years, and haven't finished, but have been happy that I had more words than I would have if I hadn't started at all.

    1. Margo--I do the same thing. There have been years when I've failed to get 50,000 words down but I've considered myself a winner because of the words I DID manage to get down.

      I'm usually a glass half full type of person....


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