Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Incredible ....

Time once more for Mama Kat's Writer's Challenge. This time with special sauce and a prompt from yours truly. The prompts:

1.) Mother's guilt...tell us what happened.
(inspired by Lolli)

2.) Write five "Incredibly Short Books". Some examples:

"Chemical Contraception Choices for Catholic Couples"
"Teenage U.S. Presidents"
"The Book of Female Popes"
"The 2008 Book of General Motors Profits"

Dan says, "The point is that the book is of zero size since the title is a contradiction with reality."
(inspired by Dan)

3.) I'll be happy when ________________.
(inspired by Tracy P.)

4.) Relay an interesting conversation you recently had with someone that may or may not involve creating a Loch Ness Monster Theme Park.
(inspired by Jen)

5.) Show us something you made!
(inspired by Janis)

#1 - Mother's guilt. I have to leave this one unfilled since I am not a mother. Besides, as we all know, fathers never suffer from guilt. {*grin*}

#2 - Incredibly Short Books. I am honored, nay tickled pink to have a prompt inspired by me. My must read list of Incredibly Short Books includes:
  • Quantum Gravity for Dummies
  • The Pictorial History of Overweight Playboy Centerfolds
  • Heart Healthy Deep Fried Food
  • The Well Rested Newborn Parent
  • The Ugly Plastic Surgeon
BTW, the idea of short books came from Indie 101.5 FM, an eclectic radio station out of the Denver area.

#3 - I'll be happy when ... I'll be happy when the weather once more turns to the cooler nights of fall. I'll be happy when I have a real job. I'll be happy to see L tomorrow.

#4 - Interesting Conversation. This morning as I was walking across the Wal-Mart parking lot to speak at the Grand Re-Opening after the remodel, I ran into a local attorney named Alex. I asked him what he was doing up at 8am for the gala. His reply: "Somebody good looking had to be invited to make up for all the rest of you people in attendance." Think Alex might be just a little bit vain? One of the newspaper reporters couldn't resist remarking, "If Alex spent as much time on law as he does on his appearance, he'd be on the supreme court by now." It really is funny because Alex is not truly that vain, he just likes to cultivate that appearance.

#5 - Something I made. I made this little windmill a long time ago. It has set on top of my book case in the office here fo somewhere between 15 and 20 years, I looks somewhat like the one I remember from my grandparents farm in my childhood.


  1. I love your book titles! It was a great prompt.

  2. I liked your book titles, too. I was going to respond that prompt, but then, since I am an artist, decided I had to post something I made.

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  3. "The Well Rested Newborn Parent". As a mother of 3 kids all I can say is ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME????

  4. I really love your windmill!

  5. The book titles are great, but the interesting conversation is a riot. I can't imagine what my facial expressions would be like when Alex spit out those words.

  6. Nice... That is a funny conversation. Although it's also sad, in a way.

  7. I am just loving the prompt you inspired ... and your short books! And we did totally think the same thing! Too funny ... I guess "great minds think alike."

    And I love the windmill.

  8. My favorite: The Well Rested Newborn Parent

    Not missing those days!!!

  9. Nice job on the windmill, is it metal? Thank you for inspiring the book prompts...I had a lot of fun using your idea this week!

  10. Book titles was FUN!!!

    Loved yours!

    Windmill is great!!!

    I have an Alex, and he feels the same way about himself... must be the name.

  11. First of all the prompt inspired by you is great! I really enjoyed doing it. You are a good muse. now if you ever find anything to put in your "Heart Healthy Deep Fried Food" book, please let me know.

    I was listening to NPR and they were interviewing the winner of a contest for the best worst opening sentence of the worst novel never written (phew!). It reminded me of the book prompt.

  12. Your book idea, or the radio stations book idea, is so clever : )
    How was the new Walmart? Did you get any great deals?

  13. Can I just say that I loved your short books?! I wish I had been clever enough to think of something, but I blanked! I took the easy route. :)

  14. Your book titles are inspired. What a fun prompt.

  15. Dan, you overachiever you! You HAD to address all the prompts.

    Thanks for the visit and the inspirational prompt.
    I would like to purchase Heart Healthy Deep Fried Food.
    And the one about overweight Playboy centerfolds has piqued my interest. ;)

  16. I like the windmill...very talented!

  17. Great prompt idea. As I was sick in bed when I wrote that post it was hard not to write all of my very short books along the lines of "oh woe is me I AM SO SICK", so I threw in one about Bush to feign inspiration!

  18. Your windmill is fantastic!! And I love all the book titles!

  19. I love it! It's nice to know you don't feel guilt. I'll try and be more like you. {At least you didn't claim to be perfect.} Love your books. The virgin! The windmill is sweet, as well as the memories attached to it.

  20. If only that heart-healthy deep-fried book was longer ... and available.


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