The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Monday, October 2, 2017

Winslet (Winne), Whine...Whine... Whine, NaNoWriMo and Back-of-the-Book Blurb # 78

            It only took a few hours, but Winslet (Winnie), one of Love a Golden Rescue's newest Turkish dogs, learned what "sit" means. She's also learned that if she does something outside (poop or pee... sniffing and walking the perimeter of the yard doesn't count), she gets a treat. And quickly, she connected the sound of the treat jar lid coming off with the necessity for her to sit (pretty).

       A whirlwind trip to Chicago, and all the stuff that preceded it, kept me from posting on Friday. (I know. It was a different excuse last week. Hopefully this Friday I will be able to post on schedule.) Thursday night I had to bake for our 8th graders' bake sale this past weekend. Two batches of muffins and deluxe brownies. The brownies became a gooey hot mess. At 9:00 on Thursday night I dropped off the muffins. (The brownies were too unsightly.)

        Friday morning--I finished laundry and packed for the Chicago trip. Then I headed off for a day of professional development with the hot-mess brownies in hand for our table of teachers. 

        Friday afternoon we gathered for a three-vehicle caravan trip to Chicago. After waiting for everyone to get off work, we left by 4:30, stopped a couple of times and got to Chicago a little after 10. Three volunteers to a room (I slept on the floor in our room) and up at 5 for a quick shower so we could get to the cargo building of the airport by 6. The plane was on time, on time, on time... the plane was delayed. For more than two hours.

        When all the dogs were uncrated and fed and watered and walked, when all the crates were cleaned and dismantled and stacked (our rescue group was in charge of transporting the crates so they could later be shipped back to Turkey), we headed back to St. Louis. 

        Thankfully, Radar has been a gentleman (so far). Winnie got a bath (she was covered in poop from the plane trip), she's gotten some much-needed sleep, she's gotten too-many-to-count treats, she's begged and pleaded for pizza/bagels/a turkey sandwich or anything we're eating/anything from the refrigerator or whatever's loose on the counter but has been unsuccessful in snagging anything unintended for her (so far). Hopefully the time she's with us as a foster will go just as swimmingly has her first night.

         A quick note: NaNoWriMo begins in a month (from yesterday). My students and I are going to begin with some talks and some brainstorming and some peptalks before November 1 rolls around. I think I know what I'm going to write about, but I'm not 100% positive yet. Being a pantser (I fly by the seat of my pants) I still have oodles of time to land on something for keeps.

       Also, if you think you might be afraid of success, check out my post on The Muffin.

      And now (three days late) is my back-of-the-book blurb stuff.

          Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your bookYou choose the genre. Is it a love story about a feline and the bus driver? Is it an insider's tale, exposing the horrors of the lives of feral cats? Is it the true crime story of a cat stalking Morris the cat? 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. She moved to Florida, and is too busy to host a weekly book blurb. Her first romance novel, Love Built to Last, just came out as an audio book. She's busy with a new book (or a new series, probably), she's got an editorial business so she's waaaay too busy to do this anymore (although she did post each one on time).

          Okay, back to book blurb stuff.
          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: 

On the Road Again… Forever?
People wondered. Some even gasped in surprise. “A cat got on the bus. What’s a cat doing on the bus?”
The regulars never even looked twice. They knew Sam. He didn’t ever pay a fare, but he also never played loud music nor did he bother the other riders in any other way.
Sam began riding the bus as a baby. His owner, Bobby, would sneak the tiny kitten into his jacket pocket or backpack. Then they’d make the rounds.
The shelter in the morning. The strip of hoity-toity restaurants after the lunch crowds left. The soup kitchen at night.
When Bobby died, Sam didn’t know what else to do except stick to his routine. He had friends (mostly) wherever he went.
But things are stirring inside Sam. Could he ever leave his traveling ways behind and become a house cat? Could Sam find a forever home? (147 words)

And for those who like to work ahead (or at the very least, on time) here is the photo for the October 6 book blurb:

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  1. Poor Sam! Maybe someone on the bus will adopt him and let him keep riding the bus. I always wonder what animals are thinking when I see them wandering the neighborhood. We have a neighbor's cat that thinks he lives at home and at our house which is fine with us. We have no rodent problem and he seems to guard our house from the squirrels too.

    1. Pat--I'm glad your wandering cat is helping with the squirrel patrol...

  2. Sam seems to have things under control for now, but maybe he will get a desire to settle down if he is introduced to the right home.

    There are only 24 hours in a day. I don't know how you fit so much into them. That's more than I've done since I retired over a year ago!

    1. Val--For you, every day is Saturday. And I'd say your days are full, with all the hiding and avoiding and evading you have to do...

  3. You amaze me with all you do! And I would do more myself but I've got this boa wrapped around my legs...oof! :-)

    1. Cathy--Oh, you're taking over the international children's book market. You, aspiring to do more?

      Come on. ;)

  4. Winnie is so beautiful, and obviously so smart! Thanks for all you do for these precious fur kids.


    1. Pat--You know as good as I do: we get twice the love back that we give (when it comes to our four-legged friends).

  5. maybe he will get a desire to settle down if he is introduced to the right home.


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