The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, November 18, 2016

Writerly Camaraderie, Back-of-the-Book Blurb # 35 and the True Story of Hansie

         Last night I was part of an authors' event. There were 80 or so writers there, each one eager to talk about (and sell) their books.
          I got to see and chat with her Mary Horner. Mary's one of the newest writers at WOW. Check out the site--if you haven't already--and be on the look-out for Mary's posts. They're always thought-provoking and helpful.
          I got to ride and chat with Linda O'Connell. Linda is a magnet for the quirky/the strange/the "characters"... and last night was no exception. However, she's always able to make the most of any situation and see the positive in a heap of not-so-positive. And I got the chance to hang out with Donna Volkenannt and Pat Wahler. While we chatted, I got some tidbits about some publishers, heard about an book event and got rejuvenated by hearing what they were working on.

       And now onto back-of-the-book blurb fun:

  • 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 always upbeat and always helpful.
  • 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 (as silly as it is):

The Last Bite of Gunter

When Gunter was a puppy, his family put up with his pee puddles.His mine-fields of poo piles. His chewing. His constant yapping.
But once the pup passed by his second birthday, his family said, “Enough is enough!” When they’d step into a pond of urine or a fecal pile of not-fun, they’d shout. Seeing another chair leg being whittled away by Gunter’s teeth made them scream.
Gunter’s family had enough of Gunter. They’d tried dog trainers, they’d gotten him on Ceasar Milan’s show and even the Dog Whisperer had to admit, “This is my first failure.”
Finally, the family decided the “scared straight” method. They nestled Gunter into a hoagie bun… and told him, “If you don’t straighten up, you’re going to be tonight’s entree.”
Will Gunter learn some house manners? Or is he destined to go from a bad dog to a hot dog? (146 words)

The true story of Hansie: The above photo took me back to when I was 10 or 11. My best friend was Gwen McKenna. Her family had a dachshund named Hansie. Hansie was quite an unusual dog. He once came back from wandering the neighborhood with a perfectly-baked turkey leg in his mouth. Did someone feel sorry for him and give it to him? We never knew.
One Halloween, Gwen and I dressed Hansie up as a hot dog. We put him between the top and bottom of a loaf of French bread. (I think we gently tied them onto him.) Hansie was great sport. When Gwen and I were younger, we'd put girly doll clothes on him and walk him around in a stroller. Being a hot dog was --I imagine--much less embarrassing for poor Hans...

And for those writers who like to think ahead, here's the photo for next week:


  1. Aww...I imagine that even Gunter's pond of urine and fecal pile were cute. And each whittled chair leg a masterpiece! This picture was almost too precious for me to use in my snarky fake book this week. Almost.

    I haven't seen anything this cute, except for maybe that little kitten stretching out its legs and toes on a post Fishducky did recently. I'm not in a habit of leaving links on other people's blogs, but if you want to see some cute animal antics, check this one out:

    At least she warned us in the title.

    After seeing that Hansie story, I now understand my half-dachshund Puppy Jack a little better. I could totally imagine him bringing home a turkey leg. After he'd gnawed on it, of course.

    1. Val--I will be in need of a sugar surge later this evening. I'll check it out then.

      Yes, Hansie and Jack would have had fun together...

  2. This is the cutest doggone picture ever! But eat the weenie dog? NEVER!

    1. Linda--It DOES look like that person holding the dog-in-a-bun is intending on eating it. Yikes!

  3. I think it's an extremely well formed word:

    men, O, pause

    Think about it.
    Most men have only 1 deliciousNnutritious thing on their minds... yet, if the woman has that symptom, that gives we men PAUSE to think summore.

    God bless your indelible soul.
    Meet me Upstairs.
    Let's getta Big-Ol beer...
    gotta lotta tok about as we RITE thousands upon thousands of novelties for the length and breadth of eternity.

    1. I've never looked at the word "menopause" like that...

  4. Wait...did you say EIGHTY authors? That's amazing! I've applied to some bookfairs in the surrounding states and I hope maybe to be a part of something that big in 2017. We'll see!

    1. Stephanie--Talk to your local library. You might be able to set something up. (Writers LOVE to have a chance to talk about their books. ;)

  5. I bet Gunter didn't learn and loved the closeness of being near buns! :)

  6. Poor little Gunter. So misunderstood. All that destruction and he's probably only looking to be carried in someone's arms (all day long, 24/7). Is that too much to ask? Seriously, that photo is adorable, though. :)

    1. Lisa--You speak as if you have knowledge of wiener dogs. ;)

  7. Had a blast seeing you at the author event. And the fudge...scrumptious!



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