Saturday, December 05, 2009

Back on the Blog Chain: What Was I Thinking?

This is the last Blog Chain for 2009. (scary thought, huh?) Shaun picked a fun topic:

What is the silliest thing from a book or short story you've written, and why? It can be a line or a paragraph or a whole page. Anything that you look back at and go, "Say what?"

Or, as Christine Lavin would say, "What Was I Thinking?"

(Please note that this version is much more political than the one I know from her album.)

Mandy posted before me, and Eric comes next.

Personally, I think my funniest story was the one I wrote in March for another Blog Chain. It seems like cheating to use it twice, so I'm going to post an excerpt from my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project from 2007. The premise is that the narrator, who can shapeshift into an owl, is trying to cheer up her sister, a reluctant werewolf:

Although I couldn’t manage words, I could try to hoot a song and see if she recognized it.

I started with a song from the late 80’s. It didn’t take me long to realize that owls weren’t meant to sing. Although I could make different sounds besides hoots, none of them were exactly melodic. I continued anyway. So what if I drove all of the prey into Lake Michigan with my singing?

Yeah, I'm cringing myself. But hey, anything goes during NaNoWriMo!

I hope once you recover from reading that paragraph that you have a wonderful holiday (whichever one you celebrate). Although the Blog Chain will be on break until next year, I'll continue to post. Please stop on by!


Cole Gibsen said...

Hee Hee. I am so digging this chain! I don't know that I could be brave enough to let people see my nano draft. I'm dyslexic and I disabled my backspace so parts of it look like they were written in a foreign language :)

Michelle McLean said...

LOL I now have visions of an owl, with wings spread, hooting its little heart out as droves of animals plunge into the lake :D Great post!

Mandy said...

:D I'm with Michelle! I have a great mental image of an owl hooting to the sky and swaying with the music!

Eric said...

This is awesome. Great take on trying to communicate as an owl. Nice job.

Sarah Bromley said...

I'm laughing my head off at the image of all these animals being driven away by the hooting owl. Great stuff!

Shaun Hutchinson said...

I have this awesome image of an owl hooting some 80's song like 99 Red Balloons. Fan-freaking-tastic!

B.J. Anderson said...

Hehe, I'm with Shaun! And have a great holiday!!

Kat Harris said...

You hoot the songs that make the whole world sing. :-)

I love this one.

Rebecca Knight said...

I'm hearing the owl hoot Stevie Nicks: "just like the white wing dove sings a song, sounds like she's singin'... hoot, baby, hoot, say hooooot!"

LOL. Good times!

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