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, August 12, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #24

Have you ever had a week that simultaneously dragged and flew? That describes my week and my body, come to think of it. I’ve felt like a really fast zombie. School started like gangbusters, and no one seemed prepared…including my immune system.  I promptly caught a cold. Plus months ago my daughter and I decided her graduation party would be more of a bon voyage party right before she and her friends set sail on the winds of their various futures. Which turned out to be this weekend.

So…am sorry I’m so behind on your blogs this week, but I hope to get caught up now that I’m almost over the hump. Till then, thank heavens for caffeine and Book Blurb Friday, a meme in which our delightful host, Lisa Ricard Claro of Writing in the Buff, posts a picture of a pretend book cover. The challenge is to write an accompanying blurb of 150 words or fewer to sell the book. Mine is a petite 80 words. 

~Embracing Nice~

Carolyn Sweeting was nice. And nice, of course, is practically synonymous with nerdy. Nice is the oatmeal, the mouse brown, the canvas tennis shoes of virtues.

But Carolyn’s not-so-nice husband gave her the only real gift of their lives together: the realization of what it was she valued most in this world. So when the children moved out, she divorced him and left behind her former soccer mom life in order to move to…where else? Nice. Nice, France.

It was only when Carolyn embraced nice that she found sometimes…nice can be a lot more exciting than anyone ever seems to think possible.

“Just like your mother, you’re unfailingly kind—a trait people never fail to undervalue, I’m afraid.” ~Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


  1. I am hoping her new Nice brings her more than peace of mind! I really like this and it could be one to pull at the old heart strings...

  2. This sounds promising. It might require some first-hand research in Nice, of course;-)

  3. She may be nice, but she's no martyr, as she proved by dumping her unpleasant spouse. She's a woman of action...I like her already! I'll bet she has some adventures worth reading about.

  4. Carolyn may be nice in Nice, but I'm guessing this will not be a mouse brown tale. I'd love to know what happens.

  5. I would read this to find out what her life is like now that she has embarked on this adventure.

    It's coincidental that you chose Nice; the photo was taken in France.

  6. I'm late as well. Allergies and then a wind storm and soon everything is out of order.

    From soccer mom to nice in Nice. :) I like the pun and I take it this led to your next post.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  7. Good to know nice doesn't have to mean dormant. Cute play on words in this one.


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