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, April 15, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #7...and Surviving

You know how it is when your normally hectic life gets a crisis added to it so that you go into Survival Mode? I've been in Survival Mode all week. Was sure our beloved dog Buddy was a goner with what I thought was a stroke. According to the vet, however, dogs do not have strokes. In fact, he’s certain that it’s an inner ear issue that he says has a chance of improving within the next week or so. In the meantime, Buddy can’t stand up or walk on his own without falling over or eat without throwing up.  It's been like caring for a newborn again—a really big, heavy, stubborn newborn. We could use your thoughts/prayers/crossed fingers that either the medicine kicks in or the motion sickness kicks out. I don’t know when I’ve been more grateful for a Friday in my life.

Which brings me to the beloved Book Blurb Friday, hosted by Lisa Ricard Claro of Writing in the Buff! Each week, she posts a pretend book cover. The challenge is to write a blurb of 150 words or less to go with it. Here’s what I came up with last week at a skimpy 65 words.

~Quench: Poetry for a Thirsty Soul~

Just as a brook murmurs its song that refreshes the inner spirit, so does this marvelous collection of soul-quenching poetry speak to the thirstiest of 21st century readers. Prepare to immerse yourself in such poems as “Outcrop,” by T’Mara Goodsell, and “Exhaustion” by T. Powell Pryce.

Allow this marvelous collection of poetry to wash over you. It will quench even the most parched of spirits.

He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how. ~Nietzsche


  1. This does look like it would grace the cover of a poetry book! (I hope your dog is doing better.)

  2. Wow! Poetry didn't occur to me. Very nicely written!

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  3. I am SO in agreement with SJerZGirl. Why have I convinced myself it must be a novel? Your idea of the blurb being attached to a poetry anthology opens up so many doors. I can see it now! Toilet repair books. A book on the history of hula hoops. The possibilities are endless...

    Seriously, sometimes the reader is drawn to short, sweet blurbs. It's nice not to have to wade through paragraph after paragraph after paragraph. I don't know about T. Powell Pryce but I'd definitely buy a book with poetry in it by T'Mara Goodsell. (And she has such a cool last name. If she makes a "good sell" to a publisher after she succumbs to writing a collection of her personal essays, she'll be a best-selling author!)

  4. Love the author! Prayers sent skyward for Buddy just now, and you too.

  5. Sounds like you wrote the type of book that you need to read this week. Hope Buddy recovers quickly!

  6. I could use this after the week I've had. *sigh* Your blurb really is enticing, and you said all you needed to say with fewer words and still drew me right up to well.

    Poor Buddy! Thank goodness his illness will be short lived, though it is tough caring for a sick pet, physically and emotionally. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. I was very conscious that the shape of the photograph didn't 'fit' a novel (but thought it'd be bad manners to change it!) - never thought of a poetry collection, which was so clever and so succinctly described.

  8. Paws crossed that Buddy is doing better. Poor guy, he must wonder why the world is spinning around him.

    Great job on the book blurb. That's the perfect theme for such a peaceful photo!


  9. Hope Buddy is as good as new soon! And loved your idea of the book being poetry! Nice.

  10. Tammy,
    That is so perfect for that photo! I wouldn't have thought to pair it with a book of poetry. Nicely done. I hope Buddy is on the mend very soon.


  11. just joined up and glad I did. I hope your dog gets better.

  12. Thanks so much to all of you for your kind wishes for our dog. And yep, Sandra, I think it was the shape of that "book cover" more than anything that drew me away from a novel!

  13. A lovely change of pace to read a poetry blurb. I can't believe you actually wrote anything after your terrible week. I hope your dog gets better soon.


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