The Pyrenees---Southern France

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Funkytown... and Back-of-the-Book Blurb # 95

I wish I could figure out why my blogging has dwindled down to not-even-a-trickle.

In the past, I posted twice a week. It was fun most of the time. Certainly I didn't consider it a chore. This is a busy time of the year--work-wise--so I can use that excuse, but some of that "work" is a joy. For example:

  • I shared my "Listen to Your Mother" story to a group of 400 women at a "girls night out" in a local church. Then, I shared a memory map the audience members could use to unearth their stories. That was a blast.
  • I'm facilitating a writing retreat for the Gateway Writing Project in early March. That's involved creating a flyer, sending out loads of emails, keeping my fingers crossed, and keeping track of replies. That hasn't taken up much time or energy at all.
  • Beginning this month, I'm launching an accountability writing group. That already involved actual sweat, because I had to build a google site. For most people, it would take a few minutes but since I'm technologically such a nincompoop, I had to drive to Festus so a friend could walk me through it, step by step, over and over, because I couldn't remember the steps to insert a page and make it all linked and embed the doc and make each one able to be edited and so on. That was not fun. However, it's done.
  • Then there's the normal stuff. Grading papers and lesson plans and board meetings and an open house (at my school). I could continue to whine, but I'm already tired of it, so I know you are.
If I knew why I've been in such a funk when it comes to my blog, perhaps I could do something to fix it. Or maybe I'm just pushing the limits when it comes to Val, to see if she can craft a funny blurb and some hilarious reviews in just a day's time?

Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your bookYou choose the genre. Is it a coffee table book of fashion trends? Is it a photo collection of mentally-ill patients and their clothing choices? 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. If you'd like to read my review of The Write Man, Lisa's most recent novel, you read it here.  It's a great read (and that's saying a lot, since I don't read romance novels).
          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:

Fashion Forward... All the Way to the Insane Asylum

Wearing bras as a top. Clothing made of meat. Jeans that are bought new from the store... and they're already patched or sliced up. Jimmy's tired of the crazy clothing fads.

"Jimmy doesn't go for nutty stuff. Jimmy likes tried and true clothing. Those man skirts? Don't even think about it. Jimmy don't like those."

But eventually, Jimmy needed to fight back. He wanted to make a statement. And he did.

Jimmy started wearing a noose as a tie whenever he went to a fancy restaurant like Taco Bell. He didn't have enough hair to achieve a man bun, so he took the cat hair off his couch, wadded it up, and made a bun that he bobby-pinned onto his head.

Will Jimmy end up changing the fashion scene? Or will he end up a classic character in some sitcom about nothing? (142 words)

And Val--I know you can work magic with this photo. It's the next one.


  1. Poor Jimmy! He sounds like a confused fashionista! I was okay with the tie but the cat bun grossed me out! LOL

    1. Pat--And I thought the cat bun was such a wonderful look... ;)

  2. That tie certainly makes a statement, but then so would a cat hair bun. Eww! And my first day if teaching a mom came in with a large rat on her shoulder hanging on to Little Debbie...not the snack cake.

  3. It must be contagious. I've kind of been in a funk, too.

  4. I think this is your best one yet! I particularly liked the cat bun! You are really good at writing a fake book about nothing.

    Wow! I have a whole day! I think that's doable, even though I didn't read it until tonight, and this is the ONE NIGHT of the week that I actually have something to do, which is write letters to my boys.

    I can't believe you were as close as FESTUS and I didn't know about it! That's practically my back yard. North yard. Nearby.

    1. Val--I'm surprised the hairs on the back of your neck didn't rise up...

  5. Because you're busy, busy, busy and that's a great thing, Sioux! A blog can serve several keep us writing regularly (and it did that for you when you needed it)...or to keep readers and friends current with what's going on in your writing world (and now, it's mostly that for you) and sometimes, it's just a way to express our thoughts and share 'em. So let it go--the worrying about the blog, that is--and just let it be. (See how I referenced two different songs there? This girl's on fire! And bam, I just did it again. :-) )

    1. Cathy--A hat trick! Thanks for the encouragement. Funky me needed it...

  6. You are crazy busy! No wonder you don't have time to blog. Fortunately, though your readers may miss you, the blog police won't haul you off. lol

    Your blurb is funny. I love your MC because he clearly adores his cat. :)

  7. You're a busy lady, and life should not revolve around a blog. As a reader, it's hard for me to keep up with blogs - especially ones posting multiple times per week. My own blog has gone to a one-post-every-other week schedule. I just don't have time or energy to do more.

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