Friday, June 10, 2011

End of the school year madness, a party to plan, and Book Blurb Friday!

My last day of school was yesterday but instead of taking a much needed break, I have been running around all day picking things up for my son's end of the year party tomorrow, and cleaning my house. To say I'm sick of cleaning would be a definite understatement.

Yesterday I was scheduled to leave school at 11:30 (I was taking my half day compensatory time for four hours spent at back to school night in September) but I didn't leave until 1:30. I had my kids with me because I thought I could tear my room down and clean it for the summer in four hours, but there were trips to the bathroom, and then snacks from the snack machine, and then my daughter wanted to help me-I finally let her use my three hole puncher to update my class binders and things picked up from there.

After being together for 6 hours, my kids were bored and tired of each other, so naturally they began to argue-about where we were going to eat lunch, what we were going to do at the party, what we were going to have for dinner, etc. My son had a mini-meltdown because he wasn't happy about where we picked to eat at for lunch, and he sulked most of the time we were there, almost to the point of refusing to eat until ice cream was mentioned as an after meal treat.

Today I promised fast food after we ran around getting our party things, and my daughter nearly gave me heart failure-she discovered 15 minutes after we left that she forgot her purse, and inside that purse was her new cell phone, and $20 in her wallet... I turned the car around and called my husband to see if he could quickly look up the restaurant's phone number for me and then call me back with it while I raced to get back there. My saintly husband called the restaurant and found out the purse had been turned in with the cell phone and the $20, and I really can't believe it. There are still good people out there!


Now on to Book Blurb Friday. This is where Lisa Ricard Claro, from Writing in the Buff, posts a picture meant to serve as a fictional book cover.

It's your job to write a blurb about the book in 150 words or less to entice a prospective reader. Are you up to the challenge?
Here is this week's picture and my story:

A Race Back in Time

Jake’s capsule landed with a thud, and he was barley able to crawl out onto the rocky pavement. Where he was remained a mystery because the controls on his craft had been badly damaged by the landing, but one thing he did know- he had achieved his life’s goal and successfully traveled back in time. Now he could search for the prized compound his people needed to fight off fighters from Omega Centauri.

The time sweeper on his wrist read the year 2011, but there was something odd about this town. Jake kicked at a can lying on the ground and noticed metalloid pieces of what seemed to be some type of explosive device everywhere.

Jake picked up one of the shards and turning it over in his hand he saw a now familiar mark and his blood ran cold-could they have gotten here before he did? (147 words)

Once again I'm not too happy with the title, but it's growing on me... Sorry about posting so late-I can't wait to check out the other stories. (I am sure they lean more to the dark side-sorry, we've been watching the Star Wars movies, LOL!)


  1. You've been VERY busy! Good grief. I was feeling sorry for myself until I read your blog. Now I'm really exhausted. I need wine! Probably you could use a glass, too. LOL

    My blurb was sci-fi as well, but I like the time travel aspect of yours and the promise of some altercations and fights and stuff blowing up. :) Please tell me there's a romance in there somewhere. You know I love a good romance. Great blurb, as always! I'm in for the read.

  2. Susan — your sci-fi is much more Dark Side than mine. LOL
    I like your title, and am curious to find who the "they" are who got there before Jake.
    Congratulations on surviving until the end of the school year. Hope you recover soon. I tried teaching once, and was a glorious failure. (Long story. Boring. Except for the part where I fell headlong down the concrete steps of a parkade.)
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Hi Susan,

    I sure do enjoy reading about your family. It seems such a short time ago when my kids were little like yours are, and you remind me of things that I would have forgotten.

    I really enjoyed your story. Who got there before Jake, and what in the world did they do with all the people?

    I hope that you keep writing this one, it is very interesting. Thanks so much for stopping by to say hi. I hope that you all have a great weekend.

    Kathy M.

  4. It was such a treat to read your time-travel piece! There just isn't enough of that around glad you and Lisa went the sci-fi route! And I think your title is absolutely certainly is a race, and Jake's in danger of losing to 'them'!

    Loved it...:)

  5. It's true that once you're retired you wonder how you ever had time to work, and reading your account I wonder how I ever managed to bring up three children as well ... I certainly could not have written as well so all credit to you for having the mental space to bring Jake to life.

  6. I hope things quieten down for you - it's a different routine in the holidays, isn't it?

    I'm curious to know more about Jake's mission. It sounds as though he will encounter much adventure and danger before he is ultimately successful (I hope!)

  7. A real sci fi take on the prompt...does remind me of old Star Wars and early sci fi...after the day you having I bet you were ready for Scottie to Beam You Up! :)

  8. I love that a simple can of beer became a clue for a time-traveler! Almost has a "Terminator" quality to me!

    I too felt busy till I read what all you've been up to. You put me to shame.

  9. This book sounds thrilling. Now he'll have to tackle them all alone, without his technology and allies from his own time! I'd definitely read this book.

    Your last day of school was quite a day!

  10. Have you caught your breath yet?

    Good job letting the imagination run with it!Maybe it was the black and white photo but it put me in mind of one of the old twilight zone episodes.


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