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Book Blurb Friday and Pawsitive Pondering: M is for Meow!

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   26 Comments | Posted in A-Z Challenge · bailey · cat · meow · Pawsitive Pondering

Can you believe it? Today is the letter M and that means we’re halfway through the A to Z Challenge.  Bailey complained that she had yet to participate, so here she is with her feline insight.


M is for Meow:
The perfect four letter word. 
It means, “Hey, I’m hungry!” 
“Feel my soft fur!” 
“I want to curl up on your lap!”
“Where are you? I love you and want to be with you!” 
all at the same time. 
Human four letter words are often taboo,
as opposed to the delightful sounding
which is universally acceptable.
Bailey isn’t usually this verbose, but when she is passionate about something she isn’t shy.  This ranks up there with her dissertation on the heartbreak of lactose intolerance. (Dairy makes her hock up fur balls. Really.)
Tomorrow is the letter N!
I invite you to please scroll down for Book Blurb Friday!
So how do you like this experiment that is Book Blurb Friday? I’m having a great deal of fun with it, especially reading all of your blurbs.  I especially like that I’m building a cache of story starters from the blurbs I’ve written. Have your book blurbs given you any writing ideas? Have you written anything based on one of your blurbs? I’d love to hear about it if you have.

Here is the photo for this week, courtesy of Lynn Obermoeller. My 150 word (or less) blurb is below.

Shady Daisy

Pearl Gerlish is tired of being treated like an old woman. The staff at Shady Daisy Rest Home wants to attach bells to her shoes—so she won’t wander off, they say. But Pearl knows better.  Something is afoot on the Shady Daisy grounds come nightfall, and she aims to learn what it is. 
Pearl enlists the aid of her teenage granddaughter, Chloe, a Goth wannabe who quotes Sylvia Plath; and Milton Studbruster, former gumshoe and Shady Daisy’s resident octogenarian Lothario.
Pearl, Chloe and Milton begin tailing Shady Daisy’s perky manager, Charlotte Chimera. But when she leads them through the woods to Slippery Rock at midnight, the hapless trio realizes they’re in trouble. For Slippery Rock is not just a simple water flume. . .Charlotte is not your average female. . .and dentures, sensible shoes and a waterlogged iPod are unreliable weapons against things that go bump in the night. (150 words)

If you are participating in Book Blurb Friday, please add your link below so other blurbers can find you, and then scroll down to see the “book cover” for next week.

Here is the “book cover” for next week’s Book Blurb Friday, courtesy of Sioux Roslawski.

See you tomorrow for more Pawsitive Pondering!


26 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday and Pawsitive Pondering: M is for Meow!"

  1. Comment by Gregg
    April 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm  

    Bailey is cute. My oldest daughter has a labradoodle named Bailey. He isn't as verbose as Bailey the cat.Gregg MetcalfColossians 1:28-29Gospel-driven Disciples

  2. Comment by ♥~Judy~♥
    April 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm  

    That was purrfect dissertation.

  3. Comment by Susan Fobes
    April 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm  

    The names you chose are priceless-a very fun read! I have my blurb up and ready, but my computer is acting weird and I can't see the linky. (Firefox and I are battling this evening and I am losing!) Hopefully I can link up tomorrow.

  4. Comment by Susan Fobes
    April 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm  

    Never mind-I see it now. Ugh!

  5. Comment by Sioux
    April 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm  

    The last sentence in your blurb is unbelievably engaging. Slippery Rock! What a great setting for things that go bump in the night! (And thanks for using my photo for next weeks BBF. Hopefully bloggers will find something inspiring about it!–ha!)

  6. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    April 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm  

    Ohhhh! Lisa this gave me shivers…love that last line things going bump in the night. Mine kinda follows a mysterious bent this week, too. This has been so much fun…and I haven't been inspired enough to start a WHOLE book…yet!~Jean

  7. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    April 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm  

    Hi Lisa, sorry, I was posting the letter "M" … now I'm back. Great story, I wonder what they will find. Hope they aren't pushed into the river and left to drown. Or, are those hot springs, and will they be forced to shed their clothing? So much can happen!I rewrote mine 3 times … it isn't perfect, but still gives an idea, lol.Happy BBF!Kathy M.

  8. Comment by Sandra Davies
    April 15, 2011 at 12:37 am  

    Dammit Lisa, you have written the sort of blurb I would have liked to do instead of the boringly predictable one I finally, finally, wrung out this morning …

  9. Comment by SJerZGirl
    April 15, 2011 at 2:13 am  

    Baily reminds me of my Shady lady (RIP). Is he a Russian Blue?I have finished my blurb. Both it and my "M" entry for A-Z can be found on: The Frustrated Foodie

  10. Comment by Talei
    April 15, 2011 at 3:41 am  

    M is indeed for Meow. ;-)Have a lovely weekend!

  11. Comment by Lynn
    April 15, 2011 at 8:49 am  

    Lisa, as always your blurbs are great! You'll see I had to cheat a little with mine and throw in some real facts (advantage of having taken the photo). Hope that was okay that I put a note at the end about the actual photo. If not, let me know and I'll remove it. I don't know why but this one was hard for me. Maybe it was because it was my own photo?

  12. Comment by June Freaking Cleaver
    April 15, 2011 at 8:56 am  

    Slippery Rock is in Pennsylvania…have you been there?I like the multi-generational characters…fun and excitement for young and old!

  13. Comment by jabblog
    April 15, 2011 at 9:49 am  

    Bailey is gorgeous and obviously very polite.I like the 'Shady Daisy' rest home – this story sounds like a lot of laughs with a little scariness added for good measure. The names are a hoot.

  14. Comment by Bookie
    April 15, 2011 at 9:52 am  

    This is a most excellent blurb! One of your best yet! It is inciting from the first sentence.

  15. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    April 15, 2011 at 10:43 am  

    Hi Lisa and Everybody … I added on to my post, showing both of my versions, if you have time to recheck it. The second one (my original) gives more details of the love story, but less about the show. Thanks!Kathy M.

  16. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    April 15, 2011 at 11:43 am  

    I love your characters and their names! I wonder what they'll find? Again, I'm stuck at the thought and haven't gotten to writing! No way will I ever get to write a fiction book!Grace

  17. Comment by Nate Wilson
    April 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm  

    In my house, meow means "See that piece of string there? That one right in front of me? Would you please pick it up and wave it around for me? Pleeeeease? If you don't, that's okay, too. I'll just content myself by clawing up the couch."

  18. Comment by Dani
    April 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm  

    Another crazy A-Z Challenge Fool!Blog Book Tours

  19. Comment by Tammy
    April 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm  

    Oh, what shady, octogenarian, Plath-loving-goth fun!!! I am absolutely in love with your lively-sounding characters and their fun names…and games. Book Blurb Friday has been wonderful for me because one of my weaknesses when it comes to fiction is plot. It's already given me encouragement, fun, focus on what I like to write, and an idea for a novel! 🙂

  20. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    April 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm  

    I can see your book would be a delicious blend of humour and chills. ***** A real treat – NY Times!Crept in, in the nick of time, with mine this week!

  21. Comment by Jenners
    April 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm  

    I can't quite imagine actually writing a book based on these blurbs … but I have such fun with it. If I could ever get beyond having to make jokes, I'd have it made. I love this one …a great combo of hilarity and chills!

  22. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 16, 2011 at 12:34 am  

    Thanks so much for all your comments everyone! I've gotten out to the blurbs and enjoyed them all so very much, and commented to let you know. I love how they are each so different. Thank you so much for participating.

  23. Comment by SJerZGirl
    April 16, 2011 at 12:48 am  

    Lynn, thank you for your comment on my blog. I hope you have as much time loving Bailey as we had with Shady. She was 23 when she left us, purring all the way.

  24. Comment by damyantiwrites
    April 16, 2011 at 2:47 am  

    M IS for Meow…love your bailey wisdom:)I like this idea of blurbs…Maybe I can sign up in May?

  25. Comment by Siv Maria
    April 16, 2011 at 3:55 am  

    Hi Lisa, nice to meet thanks for visiting my blog.This blurb Friday looks like alot of fun. Bailey looks like a very smart cat.

  26. Comment by SJerZGirl
    April 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm  

    Hi Lisa. You may have seen my post on FB, but I wanted to tell you that I have moved my Book Blurbs to a new blog just for writing challenges like these. In fact, I've already finished Friday's and it is sitting waiting to post. You'll be able to find it at: A South Jersey Girl Writes

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