Monday, July 7, 2014

Are You There, Blog? It's Me, (Needy) Author

A quick note: you may have noticed that old posts are suddenly reappearing on the blog. We had a minor housekeeping issue that required the authors to go back through their old blogs to tidy and repost. Things may be unsettled for a few more days as we work through this, but please be patient, bear with us, and hum some of your favorite oldies but goodies while reacquainting yourself with some blog blasts from the past.

Dear readers, I need help!

Back in January, I asked you for help choosing a meal to prepare for my winter writer's retreat. You came through admirably. Now I wish to draw from your collective wisdom once again. 

I am working steadily on my next Super, which stars a brother of Hank North, hero of DATING A SINGLE DAD. (No, I'm not telling which brother, though I'm open to requests.) Darcy, the heroine of this yet-untitled story had a very lonely childhood. She spent a lot of time reading. As a result, when faced with a decision, she will often refer back in some way to a children's story, such as in this (unedited, subject to change) passage: 

He wasn't talking about visitation or overnights or taking Cady on trips to meet his family or any of those other scenarios that had made her wonder, wildly, if it was possible to stuff a one-year-old back in the womb. He simply wanted to see her again right now. One bullet, dodged.

But not for long.

Cady was his as much as hers. He had rights. Not just moral ones, but legal ones as well. And she would have to honor them.

Are you there, God? It's me, Darcy.  

See what I mean? A fleeting reference to a well-known story that should, I hope, strike a familiar chord with a number of readers. (And if by chance you aren't up on your Judy Blume, this passage refers to that tween-age classic, ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET.)

What I need are suggestions of other stories you, dear readers, think might be familiar enough to others that I could safely refer to them in some way. Movies are also acceptable, as are nursery rhymes. If it makes a difference, Darcy is in her early 30's, Canadian, and ever so slightly warped.

To thank you for helping me, one commenter will receive a $10 gift card to the online bookstore of his/her choice. Many many thanks to all of you, and – GO!


Laney4 said...

"Life is a highway, and I wanna ride it all night long. If you're going my way, I wanna drive it all night long" (Canadian) Tom Cochran

Anonymous said...

The Baby Sitter's Club and Sweet Valley High were popular series.
I am older but liked Little Woman and Judy Blume's books - How about Then Gain Myabe I Won't

My song for today - Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down

Anonymous said...

Make that Then Again Maybe i Won't

Kaelee said...

I'm almost 66 and childless so I can't help you out much. All I can think of book wise other than Anne with an e is Jean Little's Hey
World Here I am!

I think a song would be Shania Twain's Man! I Feel Like a Woman! or That don't Impress Me Much. She has a lot of other titles that might work also.

I don't think a 30 year old would know Anne Murray's Snowbird but "Spread your tiny wings and fly away." might be usable as well as Stompin' Tom's hockey song.

bn100 said...

Titanic, Mark Twain books

kris said...

These are excellent starts. I'm going to have fun working some of these into the story. And oh, to get some Stompin' Tom in there - brilliant!

Summer said...

I'd look to a Canadian children's classic - Anne of Green Gables. Anne's the kind of character who feels like a best friend, so I think a lonely young girl would definitely have adored reading about her, and she's very quotable.

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