Finding Fourth of July Fun


There comes a time when one must find one’s own fun.

When I asked the Beneficent Mr. Hall if we’d be doing something thrilling and exciting for 4th of July, he asked what I had in mind.

And I said, “I was thinking of going to the top of the Georgia Aquarium for Red, White and Brew. Great food! Fireworks! And brew!”

And he said, “Is it going to be crowded?”

Ummm…it’s Atlanta. It’s ALWAYS crowded.

Then he asked, “Is it outside? ‘Cause that’s gonna be really hot.”

Ummm…it’s FIREWORKS.

I did not exactly respond to the mister. But I did write a 4th of July story for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Fourth of July Secret Mystery Writing Contest. And you know what? It was a ton of fun (and delightfully cool and uncrowded, now that I think about it).

P.S. Hope your 4th is fun, too! ( And join the writing fun! Come up with a 400 word story and post it on your blog by July 5th!)


Friday’s Fun Find: Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader, Part Deux

Remember how I started on the first day of August, suggesting you try something fun over at Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader?

And now here it is the last day of August and look what I’m modeling for y’all:

Get it? Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader…Go With The Flow? And I got to pick out any book from the collection of Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers, and I chose this one (It’s got 544 pages!):

And all because I started the month with a little writing fun (and thought up a caption for a picture, which you can see here , as well as other funny pics and the top winner pic and caption).

P.S. I sort of have this thing about Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader blog. I have to read it every day. I don’t think the Beneficent Mr. Hall quite understands. But I plan to read my new UJBR all the way from Georgia to New Jersey on the upcoming road trip to Rutgers. I’m sure by the end of the trip, he’ll love it just as much as I do.

Finding a Frolic Through Genre Terms

Getting your pre-published book out there can be daunting, but as I mentioned when last we chatted, it’s helpful to be armed with knowledge of the publishing world. It’s also exceedingly helpful to know exactly what your book is, genre-wise.

So I thought I’d share agent Jennifer Laughran’s exceedingly thorough post, “The Big Ol’ Genre Glossary.” Because honestly, just because you wrote that manuscript doesn’t necessarily mean that you know what genre in which it fits. And you kinda need to know that bit of info if you’re planning to send out query letters to agents. Agents are funny that way. They expect a genre in the query.

And after you’ve read up on all those genres and your head is about to bust with brilliance, you’ll want a little mental break. You should zip over to the Internet Anagram Server and play around a bit. I put “Finders and Keepers” in the server and came up with a bazillion anagrams. But my favorite is “Endeared Pen Frisks.”

I’m thinking that’s a lovely name for a blog…if the genre were romance.