The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Writing Decisions, Writing Excitement... and Back-of-the-Book Blurb # 64

Perhaps some of you have noticed. Okay, probably one or two of you have noticed that I've turned into a slacker. Maybe those one or two are even rubbing their hands together in delight. Yipee! Maybe she's quit blogging. Maybe I won't have to read her drivel anymore.

I've been posting trying to post on Tuesdays and Fridays. Tuesday I didn't post. Today is Saturday (late morning even) so I missed Friday, too.

Initially, I thought that perhaps I should slow down to just one post a week. However, my Friday posts are soooooo popular, if I only post on Friday, I'm afraid my trickle of followers will end up drying up completely.

What I do not want is 1) my posts to get in the way of my serious sporadic writing and 2) my posts to become drudgery for me. I think that if I'm feeling resentful or bored, it'll come out in my writing.

Now I'm wondering if perhaps Tuesday is a bad day for me. I've heard that studies claim that Tuesday is the least productive day, and Thursday is the most productive one.

So, I'm going to switch and post on Mondays and Fridays. I'm hoping that sometime over the weekends I can write something and schedule it for Monday. We'll see. 

As far as excitement, I'm getting closer to finishing polishing up my YA novel. For the first time, I believe I have something marketable... something that's easy for readers to "get." My goal is to finish polishing by the end of August... and then start shopping it around.

Also, a writing critique friend has finished with their manuscript. They're ready to get feedback on it. This writer has led such an interesting life, I'm sure the story will keep me laughing and crying and nodding my head. 

Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your bookYou choose the genre. Is it a comedy? (It sure looks funny to me.) Is it a romance? (Like Romancing the Pooper?) 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 are currently basking on the beach in Florida. Leave the sand to do this book blurb stuff? No way. (She's also working on a new novel--I'm sure--so that keeps her occupied in between applying the sunscreen.)


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:


photo by pixabay

The Turf War

Mrs. Cravitz was tired of dogs pooping in her yard. “If I wanted poo in my yard, I would get a yorkiepoo or some other ankle-biter,” she’d complain to her friends. “Those neighborhood yappers are always waiting to crap on my lawn. They sashay up and down the block, holding it all in until they get to my zosyia grass. Then they drop a big fat deuce smack-dab in the middle of my yard. I can’t stand it.”
So crabby Mrs. Cravitz decided that all’s fair in war. She put up a sign. It was a polite one. A gentle one. But the pooping continued.
Those people are just as stupid as their dogs… and just as inconsiderate, too.
So the neighborhood crabass upped her ammunition, hoping…

Will what she sprinkles on her grass help? Or will she have to escalate the battle and resort to water balloons—or worse? (149 words)


And finally, for Val and Pat (and anyone else who'd like to participate), here is the photo for next week... And hopefully you'll see a post pop up from me on Monday morning.

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10 comments:

  1. Funny how we both thought of a Yorkie at one point, even though that sign is some kind of beagle/hound, and the rocks I imagine to be poops are WAY too big for such a little yippy dog.

    Slack away all you want. If you write it, I will read.

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    1. Aw, I'll bet you say that to all the bloggers...

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  2. It's summer. Slacking is at least a temporary lifestyle adjustment this time of year. That's an interesting (and kind of hot) image for next week. Not sure if my brain is up for that much organized thinking. You know, when both brain cells are working at the same time.

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    1. Jono--I agree. The groom IS kinda hot. ;)

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  3. Water balloons! LOL I can see the crabass now. Congrats on completing your YA novel. Have the WWWps been privy? By the way, is this phot from Ms. Kathy's campground? LOL

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    1. Linda--Privy? Not yet, but they will probably be forced to read it sometime in the near future.

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  4. You're not a slacker in my book. You are one of the most faithful bloggers and commenters in the blogosphere.
    Congratulations on the progress of your YA novel and another essay to be published in Chicken Soup for the Soul.

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    1. Donna--I think I need to say "Thanks" three or four times.

      And here comes the nudge--How is YOUR novel?

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  5. I hope this works! I can't imagine the all out war if it doesn't!

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  6. I've gone to posting more like every couple of weeks, which also has slowed down my reading other blog posts as quickly. Don't worry about not posting as much, there are other writer things to do besides a blog post. It drives me a little crazy when someone posts every day or so. I want to say Too much! I can't keep up with this!

    Pat
    www.patwahler.com

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