The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, May 5, 2017

Busy as a Bee, Chuck Close and Back-of-the-Book Blurb Friday # 59

This month is a busy one. The Listen to Your Mother performance in St. Louis has one last rehearsal before the show. My son is getting married at the end of the month. Our dog rescue group is having a 5K run the day before "da boy" gets hitched. My eighth graders are graduating. Of course, add report cards to the mix... and boxing up my classroom (so the floors can be waxed) and this all happens before June begins.


"Keith" by Chuck Close





       This painting by Chuck Close is one of my favorites. It's in the St. Louis Art Museum. It's huge, and looks like a photograph until you get right on top of it.

       I love it because you can see the subject---flaws and all. In this portrait, every pore, every wrinkle, every stray hair can be seen.

       When I finish a first draft and then revise it, I think I see most of the flaws. Of course, many are overlooked. Sometimes I look at a piece through rose-colored glasses. Sometimes I've labored so hard over a particular part, I feel married to it... even though I know--deep down--that that part doesn't work...

... Which is where writing colleagues come in. My writing friends are honest and talented enough to tell me when parts need to be deleted or overhauled. Over the years, I've received such wonderful nuggets of advice, resulting in my writing getting better.

How about you? What is the best writing advice/suggestion you ever received?

And now onto the book blurb stuff...


Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your book. You choose the genre. A book on the history of statues? A how-to book from Bob Ross? He turned over in his grave over some recent paintings, and now--risen from the dead--has turned to sculpting. You decide.

Write an enticing blurb--150 words or less. (The title doesn't count in the word count.) Blurbs are those enticing bits that prod you into buying the book. Sometimes they're on the back cover of the book. Sometimes they're on the inside front cover. What they always try to do is lure you into purchasing the book.

Lisa Ricard Claro was the original creator of this writing challenge. Currently, she's super busy. She and her hubster sold their house in Georgia and are setting up their new house in Florida. Lisa did promise she'd make sure their new place has a great place for horses to run... I'm trying to find some irresistible bait for Viggo Mortensen, and after the movie Hidalgo, I know how much he loves to run horses along the sand... 

A picture to remind you of what Viggo looks like, in case you spot him...


Include your blurb in a blog post. Include a link to this post. Also, link your post to Mr. Linky. Mr. Linky is easy. If you've never done it, you'll be impressed with how simple he is. And then, check out the other blurb(s). It's interesting to see the different directions writers take, given the same photo.

Here's the book cover, along with my blurb:



The ABC Diner

         The ABC Diner had a tri-fold menu. The A side--you could order affordable delicious food, but it would get to you slowly. The B side of the menu--you’d get scrumptious food quickly, but you’d need to get a bank loan before they let you out the door. The C side--the food was served up fast and cheap, but it tasted terrible.

         Diners got tired of too many choices. Business slowed to a trickle.

         A new manager promised a boom. “I can get with the DOT for cheap meat. I can hire an ex-prison cook, since they know how to make tough meat soft and pliable, and I can hire servers who are on meth. That way, folks will get tasty food fast, at a rock-bottom price.”

        His new business plan leads to hilarity, heartbreak and chaos… But will it also lead to success? (143 words)


And for those who like to work ahead, here is the photo for next week:




16 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I can't believe all that's going on for you before June! Eeek, and you have time to blog? I'm such a slacker!

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    1. Lynn--No, you are far from a slacker.

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  2. You are one busy woman. How do you manage it all? Good luck with your performance. I'm certain you'll do a fantastic job! And congratulations to your son on his upcoming wedding. Enjoy your summer vacation. You definitely deserve a break. As far as writing advice, I would say never give up and believe in yourself. And join a critique group.

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    1. Donna--I'm lucky like you are. We both belong to wonderful critique groups.

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  3. Did you choose dress #1,2 or 3? Gosh I remember those days of having to box up, do progress reports, and all the other stuff that comes end of year. If you need help packing up, let me know.

    The book blurb is a hoot, and I want to know if this model WAS a success.

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    1. Linda--All three were so gorgeous, I bought all 3--I couldn't make a choice.

      Thanks for the offer. Fortunately, it will be really easy to get my room shut down for the summer.

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  4. I've suddenly lost my appetite...and all it took was ABC! Cheaper than an appetite suppressant! I hope they made a success of their business venture.

    You're gonna need all summer vacation to rest up from your oh-so-busy May!

    The best writing advice I continue to receive is to submit, submit, submit - and I ignore, ignore, ignore.

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  5. Good grief, Sioux! You are busy!

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    1. MZ--I'm sure you're busy as well. I'm just whining about my
      busy-ness at the moment.

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  6. I love the St Louis art!!! Ah, Viggo...isn't he a work of art too!!!!

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  7. But what are you doing in your SPARE time?

    I hope the ABC Diner doesn't get Goldilocks as their food critic. Her review might be less than glowing.

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    1. Val--Yeah, Goldilocks wouldn't be happy at the ABC Diner.

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  8. (I'm not sure any of my comments are coming through so if you inundated with many of mine, it is because I've been trying for a few days.) Ewww. I don't want to eat at this diner. This brings back memories of when I was little and my sisters would give me ABC gum (already been chewed).

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  9. I hope you're able to take time in the midst of all these wonderful activities to relax and enjoy them.

    As far as writing advice goes, something really hit me with the novel I just revised. I hadn't even looked at it for seven months. It had already been through an editor and a proofreader. But time showed me all sorts of things that needed changing. Time really does bring new perspective to writing.

    Pat
    www.patwahler.com

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