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:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WOW! Triple UhOh! and Uh Huh

         First, the great news. (Just like good critique, I'll sandwich something not-so-good between a couple of positives.)

         I've been accepted as one of the new WOW writers over at The Muffin. The process was grueling. I was sent out into the desert for five days, survived on my own urine and the few desert rats I could catch, and--the final challenge--then I had to write about the experience.

        I'll be joining local authors Margo Dill and Sue Bradford Edwards, along with other bloggers around the country. I'm quite excited.

         And now for the not-great-stuff, the part I'm calling Uh Oh to the Third Power

1) I usually post on Tuesdays but I left for work at 6 yesterday morning and didn't get home until 10 last night. It wasn't possible to post yesterday. 

2) Why was it such a long day yesterday? I had a meeting after school, then physical therapy (for my torn meniscus... have I whined lately?), and then my school had a town meeting (because there is a plan to close at the end of the school year). The meeting was held at the church, and was heated. The pews were full and the people were full of passion... and hurt.

3) My NaNo is almost at 13,776 (but who's counting) and it should be 26,000 and some change. That means I'm only half a loser. Actually, I'm feeling good about what I'm writing, I shared it at a writing retreat I went to this weekend (and they gave me some constructive suggestions), and I'm shuffling forward at a slow pace.

          But at least I'm moving forward. So I feel like a writing winner.

         And will I be at the author event tomorrow evening at the Spencer Road Library? Uh huh. It's from 6-8, and if you come, you can mingle with over a hundred local authors.

         And while I'm thinking about how worn out I am right now, I'm planning my weekend. (I have lots of papers to grade.) What are your plans this weekend? Envious minds want to know...