Thursday, September 8, 2011

More rain than the plain in Spain (and Book Blurb Friday!)

It's funny, but I really can't remember when it first started raining, but I can tell you that it's raining still, although not the buckets of water we were getting the last few days! Now it's more of a "too little to put an umbrella up but too much not to drag one along" kind of rain, but the damage around our community was almost unbelievable. Buses couldn't get through on certain roads because of the flooding, so the kids and I were sent home early from school Tuesday, and today most schools closed due to rising waters and lack of streets-yes, no streets! I have lived here for 20 years, and I can honestly say I never saw anything like it! Here are some images from one street over from us:

You know, you never question the power of nature after seeing scenes like this. Thankfully the weather forecast is isn't as bleak and rain isn't part of the picture! I'm so glad it's:


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:

An Angel Draws Near

Carlos was new to the neighborhood-he didn’t know the Young Lords’ turf covered the areas between La Masada and La Salle Streets. He didn’t know people in his neighborhood went out of their way to avoid these streets because entering this gang’s territory meant trouble. He didn’t know until he innocently crossed the street and came face to face with the gang’s leader, a day he will regret for the rest of his life.

Carlos doesn’t walk but runs in the streets of Miami now, always looking over his shoulder, always worried about another fight. The gang wants him to pay dearly for his carelessness, but there seems no end in sight. That is until a piece of angel graffiti starts showing up in the oddest places, always where Carlos chooses to hide from his attackers, and always offering advice. And when Carlos follows that advice, things begin to happen… (150 on the dot!)

Well, I hope you are all well (and dry!), and I can't wait to read your blurbs. (I had a hard time with mine at first.)


  1. I would have to buy the book. I'd have to know what kind of things begin to happen for Carlos.
    Your rain photos are amazing. I've been on the plain in Spain and it was nothing like this, not even a little bit.
    — K

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

  2. Those flood pictures are unreal. I hope you are ok.

  3. Seems like ideas come easy to you. I don't know, but what you write can make one wonder. Good attention to detail in the book blurb, and a story where the oppressed gets some justice.

    - Seasons.(Can't post under my profile yet as a follower.)

  4. Hi Susan,

    First, what a mess you guys have on your hands. I'm sorry. I hope that your home is okay, and the school too.

    I really enjoyed your book blurb! It sounds like a sure bestseller to me.

    Have a great weekend,

    Kathy M.

  5. That flooding is awful! Two years ago we had days and days of rain that resulted in that kind of flooding; I've been here 20 years and had never seen anything like it. Now we're in a drought again. *sigh*

    Looks like we were on the same page with our book blurbs. I like your main character; he seems like a kid who wants to do the right thing, and I care about him already without reading more than the blurb, so you've done your job and hooked me. :) I'd like to know if that his Carlos' guardian angel, or something else.

  6. I'm really hoping that it dries up soon over there, but I know it's going to take a long time. Those are very high waters!

  7. Great blurb! Just think of the positive things the angels can do for Carlos!

    As far as the rain in concerned - PA hasn't seen that much rain since 1972, after Hurricane Agnes...which came through while we were on a very soggy camping vacation.

  8. Love your blurb, I'd have to buy the book to find out how it all ends.

    Our area was so flooded this spring and many of the ponds and rivers are still high. We are hoping for a very light fall storm season. Hope you all dry out soon.

  9. Wow--what a creative blurb! I really like the graffiti twist you put on this. Those pictures are unsettling--sending good wishes!


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