The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, March 18, 2016

Back-of-the-Book Blurb Friday # 6

        Stretching. It's a good thing to do when you're exercising, and it's also a good thing to do when it comes to your creative work. As a writer, we occasionally sometimes often get stuck in a rut...

      ... And this weekly "exercise" is a way to stretch as a writer and have fun at the same time.

          Here's the low-down:

  • A photo is posted every Friday. The picture is intended to be the front cover of a book.
  • Your mission:  to write a blurb for the book, in 150 words or less (not including the title). Make it compelling. Make it enticing. Make it so engaging, the reader cannot resist buying it and reading it.
  • Post the blurb on your blog, and then connect your post to this one, via Mr. Linky. (It's simple. I promise, although I do have the occasional snafu.)
  • Check out the other blurbs. It's fun to see what direction other people went when it came to the same photo.
  • And speaking of fun, make sure you have it. This should not be something you sweat and fret over. 
  • You can do some extra things. Put a title on the photo/book cover. Create some fake reviews (which would not be included in the 150-word limit).
  • At the end, the photo for the next week will be included, so you have some extra think-time.
     And don't forget to stop by Lisa Ricard Claro's blog. She's the one who started this many, many years ago in a galaxy far, far away. 

     Here's the photo for this week, along with my take:

Four Hands...

World-famous business dynamo Pearl bucked the system once she had children. She left the corporate world after finding out women can't have it all... unless they grow an extra pair of arms.

Through a special method to generate new limbs (the same technology that made Richard Simmons' hair grow), Pearl grew two new arms... and discovered that four hands are so much better than two.

Once the new arms were complete and functional, Pearl was able to breastfeed while she typed. She could style her hair while simultaneously painting her toenails. She'd be seen driving her car and putting on mascara and eating a bagel--at the same time.

Buy this book, become a member of her Four Hands Club, and you too will have access to Pearl's secret formula. Find out how you can live the same productive life as Pearl--with your two new arms... (147 words)

And here is the photo for next week. Think about the different directions you could take it. And above all, have fun with it...

photo by Bryan Hanson @ MorgueFile

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


       Life happens.

       This past week I was buried under report card preparation, along with the normal work and life stuff. But I had two highlights to look forward to. On Tuesday, I took part in a panel discussion about Chicken Soup stories, and it was a marvelous evening. Great audience. Great writers. Great conversation. On Saturday, my granddaughter had a basketball game (at the crack of chicken. The game began at 8:00, and we live an hour away from where it was. There should be a law against starting a game before 10.)

      The discussion on Tuesday was the sort of thing that jumpstarts my writing. The next day, I started a new submission and am almost finished with the first draft.

       My granddaughter's team lost (12-10) but she played her best... which is all we want from her.

       Since I'm working on a couple of big professional (teacher) projects right now, I'm going to post on Tuesdays and Fridays only. Perhaps that will give me time to work on some of my bigger writing pieces.

       Previously, I posted on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. However, that's too much. I have blogging friends who post every day. I have writing friends who write a mind-blowing poem every. Single. Day. I even have a writing friend who has two blogs and posts every day on both blogs. To those writers, I bow down...

       I'll see you Friday. And if you haven't played along with the Back-of-the-Book Blurb Friday gang, stop in on Friday... and have some fun.