Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I Wrote Today

For maybe the first time since August, if I were keeping track, I sat down and actually wrote.  It felt good.  The creative juices were flowing.  Sort of.  Okay, it was only 688 words, but I think I got most of them in the right order.  And I finished a crucial chapter in my work, once again, in progress that sets things in motion for the plot to unfold.

For those who have followed this blog, you may know I wrote a middle grade adventure about a kid living on a pirate ship.  If you haven’t been paying attention, I wrote a middle grade adventure about a kid living on a pirate ship.  That story consumed me for years.  I had JK Rowling-type delusions; plotting out sequels, going on book tours, living on my own pirate ship.  And then I started querying.

Needing a break from all things pirate, I had another brilliant idea whilst visiting some friends over the summer.  My friend Prissy Bower (not his real name, but what I think his surname means in German) and his wife took me to a musical called Nun-Sense 2.  Apparently a sequel to the wildly popular Nun-Sense, which I’d never heard of, it had a cast of nuns.  Well, actresses playing nuns.  Actually, I’m not sure actresses qualifies.  It was a small town production.  Even that might be giving it too much credit.  It was in the high school theater of the town where they make Smucker’s Jelly, and, where I learned, the Amish like Taco Bell.

All that aside, one of the actresses was rather attractive, so Prissy and I took to calling her Sister Very Pretty.  Not long after I found myself chuckling about that name and began to wonder about such a character.  Has there ever been such a creature as a pretty nun?  The Catholic school survivor in me says Hell no!  But the writer in me said, “What if?”

Hence, an idea for a new novel was born.  Pushing Schmitty and the pirates aside, I dove into the world of Seymour Glass, a teacher trying to keep himself from falling in love with a nun.  Like most things in Seymour’s life, he’s not very good at it and the trouble it causes seemed like good fodder for a novel.  Still, even I didn’t know why Sister Very Pretty was a nun.  Once I figured it out, the plot came together.  All that was left was to tell the story.

So, with the problems of real life waning for the time being, I’m back to writing.  And it feels pretty good.  Prettyyy prettyyyyyy prettyyyyyy prettyyyyyyyy good.  Heck,  I might even post something one of these days.

Oh, and if you haven’t figured it out, it’s called Sister Very Pretty.

P.S.  I think I'll offer a prize to anyone who can guess Prissy Bower's real last name.  Hint: think Prissy Bow.

19 comments:

Tina Lynn said...

I have absolutely no clue. Love the post. You never fail to make me laugh out loud. I get numerous stares from the fam.

Matt said...

Hey. Nice new pic. Now I know which one is Tina Lynn.

Stroke my ego a bit. What made you laugh 'cause I swear I wasn't trying to be funny.

Matt said...

Wait, I just read it again. That was pretty funny.

Yay me!

Travener said...

(1) Keep up the writing.
(2) Prissy is a guy? Does he get teased/beat up a lot?
(3) Bauer? (Even though that means farmer.)

Matt said...

Prissy is a guy. Not his real first name either. Prissy Bower is what I take his last name to mean. Bauer is wrong but the pronunciation is correct.

I don't know about any more but he told he once got hoisted off his feet by the lapels back in high school. I don't know know what he did. I just want to know why he wore lapels to high school. So, teasing? Yeah.

Gemma Noon said...

HI there! found you through Tina Lynn's award, and she's right, you made me laugh :-)

Natalie said...

Sounds like a great premise for a novel. (The pirate book sounds fun too!)

Jm Diaz said...

Downplaying at is finest!

"It was a small town production. Even that might be giving it too much credit. It was in the high school theater of the town where they make Smucker’s Jelly, and, where I learned, the Amish like Taco Bell."

I tip my hat to you, sir... indeed I do.

Oh, and congrats on the writing...

Patti said...

It's amazing where our ideas come from. Sounds like a great idea.

thanks for visiting my blog.

Wendy Sparrow said...

The Amish like Taco Bell? How extraordinary.

Yay for your writing! It sounds awesome actually. Hopefully, you will post a portion sometime.

Kathy said...

Prissy Bow--all I can think of is either bowtie or ribbon? Maybe Barrette? (to tie back the hair)

Did I win?

Love the new story idea! It's different and interesting.

Kathy said...

Prissy Bow--all I can think of is either bowtie or ribbon? Maybe Barrette? (to tie back the hair)

Did I win?

Love the new story idea! It's different and interesting.

Kathy said...

Oops, sorry about the double post.

Matt said...

That's the problem with homonyms. I wondered about that. Think bow, as in, I bow to you sir. Or, (hint, hint) how one might greet the queen. Or how one might greet their dance partner at the midnight ball.

Lost Wanderer said...

Yay for you! carry on writing.

Kathy said...

Oh!

Curtsy?

Matt said...

Well done Kathy. You're almost there. Now turn it into a last name.

Oh boy. Now I have to think of a prize.

Clair said...

Tina said you were funny. That's a lot of pressure, but I think you're up to it!

But wait...there are no pretty nuns? You've just ruined The Sound of Music *sigh*

Clair said...

Tina said you were funny. That's a lot of pressure, but I think you're up to it!

But wait...there are no pretty nuns? You've just ruined The Sound of Music *sigh*