The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, November 25, 2016

NoNoNaNo... Radar... and Back-of-the-Book-Blurb #36

          Well, there's five more days left in November, and my NaNoWriMo is a few words over 20,000. I'm not sure how many words I have left to get down on paper--not 30,000, because it's a children's book, and I have more than half of the story told--but I don't imagine I'll have the first draft done by November 30th.

          However, I have 20,000 more words down than if I had not done NaNoWriMo. The challenge, along with my students and some writer friends nudging me, has gotten me this far.


          Today, I'll be at Half-Price Books in University City all day. From 9-1 there will be another Love a Golden dog. From 1 on (til closing) there will be the bookstore's unofficial mascot:

Radar, begging for money and attention

And now onto book blurb business...
  • Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your book.
  • You choose the genre. A frothy romance? (Ugh.) A tall tale? A coffee table book on statues? You choose the genre.
  • Write an enticing blurb--150 words or less. (The title doesn't count in the word count.) Lisa Ricard Claro was the original creator of this project  and this past summer, her third novel Love to Win debuted. Now she's working on her fourth novel. Check out her website. She's full of upbeat news, helpful tips, and she even has an editing company for those writers who need to get their manuscript into shape.
  • 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 have fun with it. Think of it as a way to take a break from the truly important writing you do... like a bit of a warm-up.

      Here is the book cover and my blurb:

The Battle Against Bad Manners

Veronica Barrister-Monstrosity was an ordinary woman once. She was tolerant. She overlooked things. She made excuses for the rudeness of others.
But when a man took a last drag off a cigarette, blew out the smoke and then tossed the butt right in front of the Target door, Veronica snapped.
Picking up the disgusting bit of trash, she followed the butt-dropper up and down the aisles and when no one else was in the vicinity, she hissed, “You dropped something outside,” and mashed it into his face.
From then on, she was known as Super BM. She took care of the excrement of society in a no-nonsense manner. People who felt entitled to several parking spots--she left nasty notes. People who wouldn’t return her greeting? Super BM would unleash a tirade.
All that came to an end with an encounter with one man… one single, solitary man. (147 words)

And for those folks who'd like to work ahead, instead of seat-of-the-pantsers like I am, here is the photo for next week:


  1. Your fur baby will draw crowds. So will your story. Onward!

    1. Linda--Well, Radar certainly was the crowd-pleaser. We'll see about my story.

  2. Radar looks so soft and fluffy! What kind of hair products does he use?

    Hmm...this last line does not lead me to believe that Super BM's encounter was necessarily positive. It's hard to mete out justice from the Crossbars Hilton.

    1. Val--Radar's hair products?

      Dead leaves. Mud. A bit of rolling-on-top-of-dead-squirrel occasionally for special occasions.

      For $19.95 + shipping and handling, I can send you an 8-oz jar.

  3. I call that a NaNo success story! (And I'd love to read it whenever you're ready to share!)

    1. Cathy--Be careful what you wish for. ;)

  4. Sorry I messed up and put the wrong link in the first "Pat" so I added me again with the right link. Didn't know how to delete the first one.

    I need Super BM in my town!! The world would be a better place!! LOL

    1. Pat--Your "mess ups" are minor compared to mine.

      I agree. If we used better manners, the world WOULD be a better place.

  5. You are one very busy lady. All that and an awesome word NaNo count, too!



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