Saturday, August 19, 2006

A Novel Idea

Captain’s Log, Stardate 08.19.2006

Blog book giveaway:
My Monday book giveaway is GEORGIA ON HER MIND by Rachel Hauck.
My Thursday book giveaway is MURDER, MAYHEM, AND A FINE MAN by Claudia Mair Burney.
You can still enter both giveaways. Just post a comment on each of those blog posts. On Monday, I'll draw the winner for GEORGIA ON HER MIND and post the title for another book I'm giving away.

A Novel Idea: Meredith tagged me, what can I say?

If you could write a novel about any subject, what would it be? (Just the subject–don’t give away your plot idea!)

Or, if just the thought of having to write anything gives you hives, what would you like to read about in a novel that you’ve never seen done before?

Or if you hate reading fiction (you can get counseling for that, you know), what subject might make you change your mind or try it anyway?

I’ve written several novels (five, to be exact), so I can answer the first question: If you could write a novel about any subject, what would it be?

A young maid named Cinderella . . . Oh, wait. That’s been done before.

A hip 30-something named Cindy Long is laid off from her Silicon Valley high-tech company and the ridiculous housing prices force her to move back home with her psycho stepmother and two passive-aggressive stepsisters.

All Cindy wants in life is to marry a guy who works for Yahoo, Google or Apple, and find a (relatively) affordable pair of Manolo Blahnik stilettos on eBay.

Then her stepmother, dealing with an inferiority complex that dates back to the days when she was the fat girl in school, hides Cindy’s invitation to the exclusive Black-and-Red Ball in Palo Alto.

Cindy’s Hong Kong grandmother unexpectedly arrives with a fabulous pair of Jimmy Choo knock-offs and a Vera Wang number that only cost her a couple hundred bucks back home. Cindy crashes the party and woos Bill Gates’s nephew from under her stepsisters’ noses.

They trade cell phone numbers because matching numerous girls’ feet to a left-behind shoe is very unsanitary. They marry on the island of Lanai and live happily ever after.

The End

My husband, Captain Caffeine, answered question number two: What would you like to read about in a novel that you’ve never seen done before?

“A coffee geek takes over the planet.”

My dog, Snickers, answered question number three: If you hate reading fiction, what subject might make you change your mind or try it anyway?

“Woof. Pant, pant.”

Translation: I’m hungry. Are books edible?


  1. Hysterical, Camy! Tell Snickers he's brilliant! (He is a he, right?)

    Don't forget to tag some other bloggers. And thank you so much for playing along with me. :)

  2. Too cute, Camy. Good laugh for the day. I probably won't have any more but I'll keep an open mind.

    Hey, now you have a name for your husband. Since when?

    I wanted to do some shopping today. So it's raining. Do I want to go out in that and keep changing buses? Not really. The last time it rained while I was out shopping, I lost a library book. Translation: I have to pay for it. I do still have a bit more than six weeks for it to show up somewhere, but if it fell in a puddle and got as soaked as I did that day, I think nobody will even bother to look at the swollen lump with the cute cloth cover on it. It's probably buried in landfill.

  3. Hmm, Camy. I'm just looking at yesterday's blog again and actually I feel quite differently about the sentence that makes you feel that women need men. I think it's just the other way around. Men don't have true masculinity until they have true feminity in their lives. It does imply though, I think, that we're incomplete without the other, that we're dependent on men and men are dependent on women. Well, I guess it really depends on the meaning you give to femininity and masculinity.

    From the standpoint of someone who's been single all her life, I do feel I lack something. I've never desperately looked for a mate as some other of my single friends have. Can I feel complete without having a man to love? I really don't know since I've never seen the other side of the coin. But neither have I been desperate to find someone. I've left it up to God. If he still wants me to find a godly man, I'm not averse to it. There are definitely pros and cons to both states: marriage and singleness. Yes, I do feel that I'm missing out on something but does it really mean I'm incomplete. That, I really can't tell. Sometimes it's just that I wish I had someone to call on to do all the manly chores around the house which my lack of health prevents me from doing. However, does that really mean I *have* to be married? Or that other things would change if I did find that godly man? I have no way of knowing that.

    It's the same as trying to define what's "normal", which is what we were talking about with an author who has a severely autistic child.

  4. You are.... hilarious! Thanks for the smiles! Lynn :)

  5. Camy,

    I love the Cindy story!! So clever. :)


  6. ROTFL!!!!!! Love all three answers. Snicker's is so cute!

  7. Haha! Too funny! I can't wait to read your chick lit. I know it's going to be great. And hey I tagged you on this one too. Good to see someone beat me to it. :)

  8. Great story Camy! Let me pick myself up off the floor now!!! How DOES your brain work, LOL!!!

  9. This is too funny! I especially love Snickers' response!

  10. Captain Caffeine had the best the coffee angle! ;-) You're hilarious...can't wait for your books to come out!