Thursday, August 4, 2011

Camping dropout (and Book Blurb Friday!)

The kids went camping-I did not. In fact, half of my husband's family is camping alongside them-I am not. Let's just say I am not a big fan for many reasons, one of them being that I've been there, done that. My childhood vacations were spent cooped up in tents, then in campers and trailers of various sizes with my mother, father, and three sisters (and sometimes a cat or dog!) You don't really know your family until you've spent a week with them in such a small space, and it isn't pretty... My dad often asks if I remember that time we went to Yellow Stone National Park, or Rehobeth Beach, and all I remember is a hot truck ride (no air conditioning my friends) and fighting with my sisters for SPACE.

And my other reasons? No escape from the heat, the bugs, the dirt, and then there's all the work to set up camp, and the lack of SPACE (yes, I know I said it already, but it needs repeating.) So here I sit, more than a little teary eyed after wishing my family goodnight via a cell phone call (my daughter texted me half the day!), and I keep reminding myself of all the negative so that I can pull through this okay. Are any of you campers?

So I am doubly glad for:

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:

The Water Takers

Darby watched the rain just as she did the day they forgot her, but they were coming back-she could feel it, and the bizarre weather patterns were her proof. Not only was the little town of Bridgewater, Main, the only town getting rain, it was getting close to the yearly rainfall for the entire state.

She remembered how the ships hover out of sight, heating nearby oceans so that massive amounts of precipitation falls, water they desperately need on their dying planet. They are Humanoid in nature, resembling Earthlings the most as children, easily adoptable, at least that’s what they thought…. So the young serve as water takers, in case something goes wrong.

And things went terribly wrong years ago, and Darby now lives with an alien species, in a government scientist’s home. But this isn’t her home, and she needs to make it back somehow. (146 words not including the title.)

This is sort of funny. I was reading Lisa's previous post about allowing her muse to lead her, and the direction this took is way off the deep end for me. I looked at this picture earlier today and couldn't get an idea, and when I started writing this evening I thought I was heading to the horror realm (another first for me) but thankfully sci-fi extreme took hold. I can't wait to see what you all wrote!


  1. I like the idea of water takers...

    Great job!

  2. Just the title alone would be enough to lure me into your book.

  3. Like Atlas Shrugged "Looters". Love this twist of SciFi.

    Happy Friday to you.


  4. I love your science fiction take on this ... a very interesting storyline. I had a hard time too, and I didn't want to do horror again. Something about that sidewalk of ours reminds me of no electricity though (the one with the snow had a similar theme but more worrisome.)

    Way to go!

  5. Susan, camping is a sore subject for me so won't comment further! Your books sounds like a very creative story, scifi movie material!

  6. I despise camping. I could only day camp and then go stay in a hotel at night time, I think!

  7. I loved this take on the picture--very creative!

    I'm with you about camping. At least you have texting, and enjoy your me-time! I'm sure you've earned it.

  8. An interesting place to which your muse took you. "Water takers" indeed, an intriguing concept.
    My parents spent 25 years traveling in camper vans, many of those years with my youngest brother. He thought it was normal. I have a fond spot for camper vans, but my husband likes hotels. Maybe he's on to something.
    — K

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

  9. Hi Susan

    I have such wonderful memories of spending two weeks in a 14 ft caravan with my parents and two sisters and brother (it is possible to fit everyone in - incredibly!) BUT I really do see your viewpoint. Just remember that missing someone is very good for the soul!

    Loved the sci-fi take - right up my alley! I went for the fantasy slant myself. Well written blurb too.

  10. This is a cool way to approach this prompt! Good job Susan. Love the idea of water takers.

    No camping girl here either!

  11. My dad purchased a lot of camping equipment when I was young and our family camped for two weeks in Quebec's Laurentian Mountains. I loved it, my brothers tolerated and my mother hated it. We never went camping again, although I did a fair amount of camping as an adult, mostly alone, as my husband and daughter didn't share my enthusiasm.

    Nice job of listening to your muse. This is an interesting and creative premise and I would love to see where it leads.

  12. I love this one, Susan, and great title! There just isn't enough science fiction out there for my liking, and this story is so entirely plausible.Water is definitely one of life's most precious resources, even on our own planet. I would very much like to know the outcome of this tale!

  13. Kudos to your wandering muse! Great book blurb. The premise is interesting and the alien hook is just right. Nicely done.

    Camping...well...let's just say my idea of camping is a weekend at the Hyatt. LOL

  14. Wow - wait until the fringe element specializing in aliens and climate change read this!!!


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