Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #2

So far I am really enjoying Lisa Ricard Claro's "Book Blurb Friday!"  This is only #2, but I've begun to look forward to it as my TGIF break after work.  I believe she posts the new ones on Thursday nights, but I don't allow myself to look until Friday, and then I write whatever immediately comes to my head.  I guess a little like a writer's Rorschach...which is literally a scary thought this week.

~The Groveyard~

The large Overton family couldn’t wait to move from the traffic and crime of the city to their peaceful new home in the woods.  But they soon found out that it wasn’t the pastoral escape they’d once believed.  One by one, the pets began to disappear.  Were they really all running away?  And then, when the family decided a tire swing was just perfect for that big apple tree out back, the unthinkable happened….

Where was little Nikky Overton?!

Just when things couldn’t get any worse, a mysterious child began to appear in the swing with a message:

Don’t.  Touch.  The Apple Tree.

(105 words.)

Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let's not bicker and argue over who killed who. ~from Monty Python and the Holy Grail


  1. I love the punctuation of "Don't. Touch. The apple tree." I can just hear the eerie/ominous music that would accompany it when it got made into a movie.

    This is definitely a book I would want to read.

  2. Once again, I'm sounding like a robot with all the messages on these BBFs - everyone needs to be writing the book that goes along with these! I want to know more!

  3. Ooo...that was excellent. Don't. Touch. The apple tree. Sent shivers down my spine!

  4. Ohhh. This one is intriguing and spooky.
    Love it!

  5. The post was written eerily well but the disclaimer made me laugh. And you had to write something spooky after a night of my dog waking me up growling at thin air. They are seeing my ghost :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  6. Ooh, that's creepy...I'm not going to touch the apple tree....

    Great job!

  7. Ooooohhh, scary! Loved that punctuation, too!

  8. Ooh, spooky! I hope it's not going to get too bloodthirsty . . .

  9. Very eerie...nicely done! Sounds like a wonderful ghost story.

  10. Thanks all! And just so you know, little Nikky and all of the pets were found playing next door with the neighbor kids. Turns out the mystery child was really a very short arborist who had discovered that the tree, in fact, had a bad case of cedar apple rust and that touching it would interfere with organic treatment of the disease, thereby endangering the health of the surrounding ecosystem. This is what I told myself...and why I couldn't write horror.

  11. I really enjoyed this! You know it's funny-there are quite a few "dark" takes this week...

  12. Spooky sounding book for sure!

  13. I love this blurb. It promises a scary read and plenty of intrigue.

  14. Tammy, you're funny. I liked your blurb but I like your disclaimer even more. A very short arborist, organic treatment, health of ecosystem... I'm with you, I couldn't write horror, either, but you did get off to an eerie start in your book blurb.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  15. Scary stuff! Very nicely done!


  16. Hey girl, I thought you were all sugar and spice, but you have a dark side...oooooh. Love this set up.

  17. Oh I did enjoy this! Well done - and if horror isn't your genre, you could always do a swap! lol

    I have been blog deprived this last week, so am only just getting round to read everyone's blurbs!



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