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, July 29, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #22

It’s Book Blurb Friday! This fun meme from Lisa Ricard Claro’s Writing in the Buff challenges us to take each week’s picture and use it as a prompt for a book jacket blurb of 150 words or fewer that makes potential readers feel compelled to buy the book. Mine this week has 147 words.

~Listening Lydia~

“And these voices,” said Dr. Sullivan, “do they tell you to do anything?”

“Even weirder,” said Lydia, twisting her tiny white hands together, the bones looking oddly like bird wings. “It’s all nonsense. Like scraps of conversations here and there. Things like, ‘guess that’s what you call a coop de grass.’”

Marcy Sullivan’s head snapped up. “What did you say? Don’t you mean ‘coup de grâce’?”

Lydia’s hands kept twisting. “No, that’s what I mean. It doesn’t even make sense. The voices in my head are as crazy as I am.”

Marcy looked down at her own hands this time. What was it her brother had said at dinner last night? That their mother had finally decided to have the henhouse torn down and planted with sod. “Guess that’s what you call a coop de grass,” he’d joked.

Were the voices in Marcy’s schizophrenic patient’s mind…Marcy’s voices?

All the arts depend upon telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing offers the purest distillation. ~Stephen King, On Writing


  1. This is a really original and interesting take! I never would have thought about that being able to happen, the voices of the therapist driving the patient crazy when they were far apart. How did you think of that? I'd love to read your book and find out how everything ties in together.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Kathy M.

  2. Sorry - too potentially mind-scary for me to read - but I'm sure it'll be a success with braver folk ...

  3. I like this! This is a psychological drama with a definite twist, and your your description of her hands was very vivid.

  4. What a creepy and tantalizing premise! I'd love to know where it goes. Do write this one.

  5. Wow, well done, Tammy, nothing at all like anyone else's, a really different take on the prompt. I like your author's name, too.

    —Kay, Alberta, Canada

  6. Very cool plot line! It made me think of the movie "The Eyes of Laura Mars" with Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones. Creepy!

  7. Oh my gosh....this is terrific. Kinda chilling and yet humorous. It'll most definitely keep me turning the pages.

    With the Tropical Storm threat, this is the first chance I have to catch up on those that stopped by to visit me the past couple of days. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment for me: much appreciated!!!

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    Have a blessed weekend.

  8. Even when you are dead serious you are dead funny.

  9. Thanks all! And thank you, Linda, for liking my dorky joke. Glad you're okay, Anni!

  10. I find stories like this compelling. Multiple personality disorder is a fascinating subject.

  11. This sounds like an entertaining mystery.'Voices' that joke.....original.

  12. LOL, I loved the bird wing vision you planted too. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow


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