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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #12

Amazing that the week has gone by so fast and it’s another Book Blurb Friday already!  If you are unfamiliar with Book Blurb Friday, please check out Writing in the Buff, where Lisa Ricard Claro provides us with a weekly fictional book cover. The challenge is to write an accompanying blurb of 150 words or less. Mine for this week came in at 149 words. And welcome to new blog follower Liz Davis! Thanks so much and hope you visit often!

 ~Contra Band~
2111 A.D.: Funding for education has been cut so much (because who cares about children who can’t vote?) there are no longer any teachers—merely Educational Facilitators who screen for weapons and make sure that the children are getting their government-approved H-Tel Imagery lessons properly streamed into their nervous systems.

The arts are expendable, too, of course—except in certain government-approved E.C. Facilities—but art made of metal? Metal is too precious and must be used for important things like technology.

When sixteen-year-old Denver Bishop and his fourteen-year-old sister Fantom move to a new subcity, however, they find a storage facility for antique art that somehow missed being surrendered to the government…and there they find old-fashioned musical instruments thought to exist only in museums. Will Denver, Fantom and their friends be able to learn to play in secret? Or will the government find out and destroy it—and them?

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang but the best. ~Henry Van Dyke


  1. Oh, wonderful, Tammy! Music without permission. I like that.
    — K

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

  2. So creative! I would never have created a "world of the future" from this pic, but I love your take. (Pretty timely, too, considering all the schools dropping the arts...) Nice job, and I love their names.

  3. Tammy this is fantastic! This story is certainly one you should consider spending more time on.

  4. Tammy,
    Love the foray into the future where music is banned! Great take on this photo!


  5. I'd NEVER have thought to take this into the future - very clever indeed - and the musical connection is equally inspired - excellent.

  6. Fantastic! I love everything about it ... future dystopia, great names, rebellion in the name of art!



  7. You amaze me. Good take on this picture.

  8. Banning music?!!! Oh no. Loved reading this...talent reeks from your keyboard!! Well done.

    Bronze Mirage My 1st attempt at this meme.

  9. Hi Tammy,

    What a great take on Sandra's photo! I love their names. Somehow, the story doesn't seem too far-fetched at all (I was thinking that it wouldn't take us 100 years to get to that point though).

    Great job!

  10. Tammy, in the sci fi story I am writing, the piano has expanded into an instrument called a "tone frame" so I guess I believe that there are enough reasonable and intellectual people in this world to know in the long run just what is important to save for posterity. I would hate to see Fahrenheit 451 become reality.

    You are a wonderfully creative writer, Tammy.

  11. Thank you all for not making fun of my futuristic, rogue gangs of...tuba players! :D

  12. Not such a scary future if some can enjoy creating music - hope they're not discovered. Well done - I just can't imagine far ahead.


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