Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Belligerent Burrower

Yeah, me. What of it? Sometimes when I fly by the seat of my pantslessness, which I pretty much always do, I forget stuff. I don't mean to... my intentions are good... but the fruit gets rotten, or the email doesn't get responded to, or... you got it... I forget to tell all of YOU something cool is going on!

Now hopefully this month you will forgive me as TWO somethings cool are going on, and I got the word out pretty darned well about BuNoWriMo... Pretty much everybody who's anybody who didn't have a conflict is participating, knowwhatImean? We have 110 participants! And THAT is a flipping success. I just don't think you could call it anything else.
(and I am at 20,503 words=41%!) Now if you are pretty sure you are SOMEBODY, and you don't have a CONFLICT it is not to late to join us... the daily word count is creeping up, but thus far I've managed better than 2500 words a day, so I figure you could join as late as the 10th and STILL do it. Come on... All the Cool kids are doing it! *cough*

Along with that... can I tell y'all a secret? You won't tell, right? The Burrow, with the wind up of this WriMo, is launching an author blog with ALL of us... I'm really excited, partly because I love my Burrowers so much and it's fun to do something together—we have a synergy as a group, I think that is... well, if not magical, at least somewhat insane... but insane in a good way.

Wait... but I was going to tell you what I forgot to say! Right.

In JUNE, The Burrow website, where we've been doing projects together for about a year and a half... in fact a year and a half this month! Well, we have a FUN FEATURE... See... a few months ago, you'll remember Lee at arleebird's Tossing It Out, hosting a 'Blogging A to Z' yeah? The Burrow decided this month we would DRABBLE A to Z, and some of these drabbles are PRETTY DARNED AMAZING!

What's a Drabble, you ask? A Drabble is a short work of fiction: exactly 100 words (no more, no less) that is a fun exercise in both brevity and word play. The term is a Monty Python one, and since the majority of us practice Digression as religion, the Python Cast are minor deities.

Normally, we write Drabbles to images... something originating in the Steinbeck Cafe, an online literary cafe (now, sadly, out of business) where most of us first connected as writers... THERE we would choose a work of art and all write short stories, but at the website, because of... you know... the attention span of most people (not EVERYBODY can read something... say... as long as my blog *shifty* and keep following... but we felt the drabbles gave us maximum opportunity to show our breadth (we are a very varied group) without anyone (and nobody called me out by name) hogging all the attention.

Anyway (is that the point, I see just ahead?) THIS month, we've all taken letters—randomly assigned, though I haven't examined the random letter generator... I suspect there was also an effort to spread us out, as I got C, J and W... but each day a new letter is revealed... We even have our first guest Drabbler (we plan to have some more as time goes) this month—Marjorie is joining us... though I forget her letter...

So go over and check us out! A new letter is revealed daily—making today, what—I—wait... no... Sundays don't get letters and we've had 2... so G? (I particularly recommend D. Jason would lead you to believe he is a blushing wallflower, but he is among the cleverest, funniest people I know) So hopefully peeking NOW, when you can see several, will be incentive to also go back later in the month when a few more letters are up... or that is the goal...


In other news...


In keeping with the B Theme. (did you notice there is a B theme?) I have a big thanks for one friend B and a hysterical image from another friend B to share with you today...


Naked World Domination Tour gets Sound Track!

You got it! Heard it here first! About a week ago, B. Miller gave prizes on her Pay It Forward deal—one to the fabulous Karen Gowan for all her fine work advancing the cause, and one (randomly selected) to yours truly—My prize—a copy of the Literary Mag with B.'s latest published short story—and can I just say it is FABULOUS—B. Has incredible skill with words—a gift.

Some of you may have seen posts recently on description—Elizabeth had one yesterday and Charmaine maybe Thursday... the CONSENSUS is it is harder than snot to do right, but you know what—B. has it DOWN. Reading, you can actually see and feel and taste where you are (in the story I mean... it would be weird if you couldn't sense where you REALLY are)... it is SO VIVID, but done with a touch where it is all just brushed on in passing—you barely notice noticing... none of that heavy handed narrator telling... all just the observations a character makes, told in beautiful prose. And the contrast between the beautiful prose and the main character, who you learn is in the middle of doing something REALLY DASTARDLY! Powerful stuff. I recommend all of you go over to her blog and follow the couple links to things available ONLINE, and it will prove you may want to order one of these hard copy versions too—this one is a journal called Fissure...

But that wasn't the songs part... the OTHER prize was a Mixed tape of Songs B. picked just for ME! There were silly songs, artisty songs, and Tarty songs, and it is PERFECT for the Naked World Domination tour. Most of it I hadn't heard, though a few favorites (maybe 7 of the 23) I had, and a few had familiar components (like I have heard a few Vampire Weekend songs (love Oxford Comma—what writer geek wouldn't?) but hadn't heard Horchata, the one included (and I can say this proves I like the band more broadly than just their couple geeky songs).

So for all of you on board with the Naked World Domination Tour... We are WIRED FOR SOUND!


And then the biggest laugh I've had in a long time, courtesy of another B. friend... hopefully he won't mind me sharing with my 200 best friends, as anyone FRIENDS with him, saw on Facebook, and nobody else will have a clue who he is...

Y'all know I'm from Idaho, right? Redneck country? I'm a bleeding heart and never fit in there much, but I know a few really fabulous people that fall into all of the stereotypes, though in this case, in a much more humorous, good-natured way than those stereotypes might allow. (he has a very quick laugh, and I love that)

What helps with the mental image here though, is this guy is about 6'3” with a FULL beard... does some of his poses with his guns and his game (like a good Idaho boy)... This was his Sunday status:

Wide awake @5? Have I said I was shameless? Let the dogs out,walk down stairs, hear (dogname) howl, run upstairs, they have the 11yr old paper girl surrounded!! I open the door and yell, they come running, then back to her wagging and licking. Instead of tossing the paper she brings it to me... I've been hiding behind the door in my bikini cut man panties and racy blue sling...think my face may have been red....

MAN I wish I had a real picture... I love that mantie look on a really big guy *snicker*

11 comments:

Will Burke said...

Oh my! Nothing like a grizzled angler in bakini briefs to make you say. 'Oh my."

Watery Tart said...

I know, right? Hiding behind the door so he doesn't send the 11 YO paper girl into therapy! *snicker* Then again, ANY man in panties hiding... it just is too irresistable an image!

Sugar said...

ha! have fun in your burrowing :)
sounds like a blast!!
I don't think I'll be able to get that image out of my head, at least until something else shiny or pink pops up :)

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Yay on your wordcount! I have been scattered and trying to keep up with the countless things in life and then here and over at CC, but brava on 41%. I won't be able to get that image out of my head either *giggle* Must go check out The Burrow A-Z now :)

Watery Tart said...

*giggles* Happy to be of service, ladies! and thank you!

B. Miller said...

Yessss!! So pleased I contributed to the World Domination soundtrack.

And thank you so much for your kind words, Hart.

LOL @ the image of your friend... hahahahaha

I would wish you luck with BuNoWriMo but it seems you've got it in hand! Keep it up, you're doing great!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You are one writing fool! And I mean that in a good way.

And thanks, Hart. I really didn't need that last image. It'll take weeks to scrub it from my brain...

Watery Tart said...

B. You do understand this gives you a spot on the management team of the Naked World Domination tour?!

Alex, what, you never cower behind the door in YOUR manties? Just flaut them, do you? *snicker*

Ezmirelda said...

Thats amazing! 110 participants is A LOT. And the fact that you're at 40% is just great. It goes to show that banding together and aiming toward a similar goal has very good effects!

Ellie said...

Congrats on your word count, I'm behind, but my goals are to write everyday; so in some weird, warped way, I still am on track ;-D

I love this Drabble blog, how fun!!! I will have to check out all your B links! Congrats to B Miller...how fun to truly see one of our own
in print! YOU painted a lot in this blog post, red necks, underwear....Yes, you remind me of my 3yr old, locking me outside in Alaska. I was putting the mail out in our little box on the doorstep. When I hear click, in my nightie, with snow on the ground, my short, pink nightie...my neighbor had fun, when he came out and stared me down. Then I turned all pink!
I'm pounding on the door, while the little brat has a huge grin on his face! Boys will be boys~

Idaho Redneck said...

While anonymity is good why should I care?? Its even better when my favorite tart tells it!!! Thanks Tami I have laughed all week over this! I hoped everyone else enjoyed it too!! But NO mantie pics from your Idaho Redneck!!