Chris of Stuff As Dreams Are Made On tagged me for one meme, "10 Ways to Tell a Book Was Written by Me" and then CJ of My Year of Reading Seriously Tagged me for a "Non-Fiction Meme", so I'm going to knock those out in one whack. And, then, I have to actually get dressed and go somewhere. Imagine that.
10 Ways To Tell A Book Was Written By Me
1. It will either have been written in 30 days or it will be unfinished and will essentially drag on, forever, as a part of my life; e.g.: "that paramedic novel . . . you know, the one I almost finished in 1997?"
2. It will have started with a single sentence and then progressed from there (as opposed to a well-formed idea . . . with a plot) or the idea will have arrived in the form of an astoundingly vivid dream that probably scared the peawaddin' out of me.
3. Someone's going to get hurt. I particularly love bonking my characters on the head, but I'm trying really hard to just trip them or get someone to shoot at them, these days. Laser guns are enormously fun.
4. The dialogue will rock. I've been told my dialogue is very realistic. This is humorous, of course, because I'm so seldom in the presence of other humans. Unless you count my family and we're all a little shy on acquaintance with reality.
5. This will surprise you (no, it won't; I'm kidding): the main characters will always have a sense of humor and tend to either poke fun at each other or do exasperating or weird things.
6. I can't even guess at what genre it'll be. You could end up with a sci-fi, a suspense, a romantic comedy, or a generic paranormal story.
7. It will not be a literary masterpiece. Nobody will use the words "tour de force" (thank goodness; that expression is so overused).
8. It will not have a pink cover. I'd seriously put my foot down on this point.
9. The novel will not be entirely my doing. I'll get a lot of help from people who are experts in whatever subject matter the novel involves.
10. It will take place someplace other than the Deep South because I just cannot get the hang of the way people speak, around here.
Wow, that was a bit more difficult than I expected. I actually had to go ahead and get dressed, run to the Big City, drop off my husband at the dental school, shop, pick up said husband, snatch
some lunch, drive to the school, scream all the way home (kiddo was driving -- oh, baby, we have got to work on those turns), feed the cat, and eat an almond cloud cookie (yes, it was every bit as good as it sounds). And, then I did the meme. Can I read now?
Nope, darn it, I can't because I must go on. Anyone who has managed to read this far and for whom the concept of writing their own version of the meme appeals . . . go get 'em.
This one's CJ's doing. CJ was tagged by Guatami, who created the meme and whom I have got to add to my sidebar. Someone remind me.
a). What issues/topic interests you most--non-fiction, i.e, cooking, knitting, stitching, there are infinite topics that has nothing to do with novels?
A better question would be what doesn't interest me. Because, honestly, there are very few topics I can think of that I'm not willing to read about (and sometimes I just ignore myself and read them, anyway). I have books on gardening, cooking, food, animals, science, scuba diving, climbing, sculpture, home decorating, geography, geology, history, numerous crafts, sailing, writing, travel/adventure/exploration, war, politics, photography, architecture, medicine, paleontology . . . geez, you name it.
b). Would you like to review books concerning those?
c). Would you like to be paid or do it as interest or hobby? Tell reasons for what ever you choose.
It would be nice to be paid for something before I die, yes, thank you.
d). Would you recommend those to your friends and how?
I recommend books to specific people based on what I know of their interests and I recommend books, here. So, yes, I do and I have. All the time.
e). If you have already done something like this, link it to your post.
A war memoir I gave a 5/5 rating and which I highly recommend to anyone who likes reading about WWII.
f). Please don't forget to link back here or whoever tags you.
Hi Guatami! I linked at the top. Have a happy day!
Who wants to do this one? The following people are obviously aching to join in (and if not, totally allowed to ignore the tagging):Kookiejar
The Stephanie who Confesses
The Stephanie who Went to China, recently
Book Nook Les
Nik of Keep this on the DL
This could be really fun. I agree with CJ that we don't seem to discuss nonfiction, around here, very often.
Gotta go. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!!!
Mouse Bar, above, came from Art By Cheryl. Sorry, the HTML thing is eluding me. I need a nap.