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Summer Rerun 2

Hi all –

I was off work this week … well, let me re-phrase: I was away from the day job this week, spending time at home on the writing job.

I interviewed a couple of people for research on my new WIP, and I spent three 2-hour stints in a Quiet Room at the library.

I’m fresh out of blogging ideas, so I’m pasting in an entry from January 2007, because it still makes me giggle. (I’ve edited out the contest.) If you feel inspired to mangle some titles, please share!

Here’s the entry:


lisayee has a contest on her blog that caused me to spend way too much time amusing myself, while I worked to craft worthy entries.

I'll copy and paste her rules:

1. Think of a title from a book.

2. Change the FIRST LETTER of ONE of the words to make it into a whole new title.

3. Then add a sentence describing the new book.

As an example, here's my winning entry:

1. Book -- OLD YELLER

2. Changed to -- OLD KELLER

3. Sentence -- Deaf, dumb blind girl gets rabies and has to be shot.


Lisa's contest is for children's/middle grade/young adult books.

I wrote three, then went on to molest a bunch of other titles.


Goy Proof
A sci-fi fan and straight-A teenager works hard to avoid Gentile entanglements before realizing that love can be found in many faiths.

Cooking for Alaska
Pudge earns his nickname by preparing hot meals for the free spirited Alaska.

Vittle Women
A timeless classic about the March sisters and Marmee, who insist upon showing up at their neighbors’ homes with victuals.

The Mound of the Baskervilles
The thrilling Sherlock Holmes tale of murder, madness, and baseball.

One Hundred Bears of Solitude
Magical realism in a Latin American town full of reclusive bears.

Mess of the D’urbervilles
Interminable Victorian novel about lust, betrayal, and untidiness.

Done with the Wind
Epic saga of one woman’s loves, losses, and irritation with weather during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

The Kite Punner
A young Afghan boy loves flying kites and making up puns. No one gets hurt or dies, and they all live happily ever after on his contest winnings from writing advertising jingles.

The Jive People You Meet in Heaven
Touching story of one man’s awakening in heaven, and his growing horror at the realization that he must spend all eternity listening to nothing but jazz.

Comments

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latteya
Jun. 27th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
OMG, those are hilarious!
lkmadigan
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I remember having a lot of fun coming up with them.
latteya
Jun. 27th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
The Jive People You Meet in Heaven is my fave.
kellyrfineman
Jun. 27th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Look! Matching icons!

I hope you had a very productive week.

My entry for that particular contest?

1. Book -- Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls

2. New title -- Lulu Dark Can Pee Through Walls

3. Sentence -- Teen girl discovers that she has radioactive urine capable of putting holes in walls.
lkmadigan
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
I remember yours!
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lkmadigan
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
I remember having fun writing them. :)
jamarattigan
Jun. 27th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Love these! Thanks for the laughs.
lkmadigan
Jun. 27th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jama!
phoebe_k
Jun. 27th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Man, that is hilarious stuff!! And addictive. Lemme try. Okay... how about:

Pie Fidelity - Bakery owner Rob struggles with romantic relationships... thanks to his immature obsession with pies.

Not so great--but fun. I could do this all day.
lkmadigan
Jun. 29th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Heehee!

Speaking of pies, did you ever watch Pushing Daisies?
sheela_chari
Jun. 28th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
These made me giggle. I wish I could think of one but my brain is saying bad Sheela, stay away from LJ, get back to revisions!!
lkmadigan
Jun. 29th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sheela!
cmfletcher
Jun. 30th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Love these! The Jive People You Meet in Heaven is especially hilarious. Okay, I'll give it a go:

The book: The Just-So Stories
Changed to: The Must-So Stories
A collection of instructional children's fables about chores and table manners.

The book: The Mill on the Floss
Changed to: The Bill on the Floss
A cautionary tale about the ruinous financial consequences of dental neglect.
lkmadigan
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
Heehee!
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