Send email to The Daily Scroll or to The Scroll Chamber Press
Thinking Outside The Box About Something Outside The Box
I knew I needed to write a book description and an author bio for my Tree House Tales antho but I avoided both chores until the last minute. Have you noticed how obligations appear more difficult the longer you procrastinate? The last minute for these chores arrived when the publishing process refused to complete its routine until I turned in my overdue homework.
I tried to write something suitable several times, loathed every effort and erased them all. In the old days, especially in old comedy films, crumpled paper would have been scattered all around my full trash can--or maybe knee deep around my chair.
So here I was, owner of a blog about "Imagination, Inspiration and Creativity" who was defeated when she tried to describe her own work. It wasn't like I was writing a description of "Ulysses".
Why was this so hard? Simple. I was approaching the fearsome Book Description the way I imagined I dreaded writing high school book reports, specifically imagining writing a book report late at night after just skimming the last third of the book.
I didn't skim or rather scribble a rough draft of my Tree House Tales entries. Some entries were written nearly 30 years ago. I reworked and revised the already revised twenty short stories and the thirteen anecdotes or "whatevers" for nearly a year. I spent much longer than I'd expected choosing art and deciding which "Narenta Tumults" extracts to use with my "How I Write" afterword.
I knew THT maybe better than I wanted to by the time it was ready for publication so I wasn't in the best frame of mind when required to describe the project.
There was a solution for that and it didn't involve Swiffer mops. Once upon a time, I was inspired to create everything in THT. Now it was time for all those odd little entries to do their share. Time for them to start 'thinking outside the box' of their individual stories, to inspire each other to create a book description that fit them all.
I was about to tell them this when they told me. They pointed out that all they lacked were hands--more specifically fingers--to key in their account. Since I was handy, they h/i/r/e/d/ d/r/a/f/t/e/d/ threatened me to do it.
Seriously. Threatened. "Write this up in the third person, or we'll chase away your Muse. Again."
So, with trembling fingers (and toes) I offer t/h/e their Tree House Tales Book Description.
A Sailor's Tale (mythic tale);
Sisyphus (interlinked horror story);
Garden Mosaic (poems);
Daisy & the Paper-Mice (2 sides of a paper trail);
Luckiest Hunter Ever (story outline, story-telling suggestions);
The Dragon's Tail Tale (tall tale fantasy);
Winter's Season (a what if);
Smashed Fairy Song Cycle (humor);
A Dream with Bowling (Confidential informant in hitman land. With bowling);
Shadow Harper (new take on an old tradition);
Gajit's Research Expedition (SF, undergrad research papers, culture shock);
Dingle (finish the story challenge);
Baffled by the Green Door;
How I Learned to Hate Phones;
Catzis#2 by Khiva & Vartha;
Rainstorm Coming (scattered drops of poetry);
Between Worlds (poem re Ocean City NJ)
A Smidge of Plot, A Glob of Character:
TREE HOUSE TALES;A Collection of Short Stories, Non-Fiction Shorts, Art, and Extracts From Five Narenta Tumults Novels