Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Dispatch From Unpubbed Island

Today is my day to climb the palms on the backside of the island and bring in the fresh coconuts for the rest of the unpubs.

Not my favorite task, and me doing the shimmy up that tall tree is not a visual either of us wants to repeat.

From the top of this tree I can see the entire island. The rest of the gals can't see or hear me, but I can see them.

There's Ruth, sitting on a piece of driftwood reading a Harlequin SuperRomance and eating Mallow Cups. Cara and Sandra are chatting on the beach; probably discussing Cara's dress for the Golden Heart awards ceremony. Audra is catching fish in the lagoon. And Pam is in the hammock reading her Excel Bible.

I have been waiting for this moment alone to get something off my chest and screaming from the pinnacle of a tall palm on Unpubbed Island seems the appropriate place.

I want off this blasted island!!

Oh, my, that felt good. Really good.

Life's been a little on the ragged side lately,though I really do try to make the most of my situation and move forward.

Time to carefully climb down this tree and consider my assets.

What exactly are my assets?


Lots of coconuts.
So what do I do with coconuts?

10 Things To Do With a Coconut

1. I can practise my pitch.

With some help...

2. I can make writing snacks.

Trail Mix
2 pounds dry roasted peanuts
2 pounds cashews
1 pound raisins
1 pound M&M's
1/2 pound flaked coconut
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
Store in an airtight container.
Yield: 6 quarts.

3. I can exercise. I'll have the best looking writerly bod at the next conference using a coconut as a medicine ball. Or what about bowling with coconuts?

4. Make coconut jewelry to trade on the mainland for writing supplies.Making jewelry is therapy. Every writer needs a little therapy.

5. I can sell coconuts on E-Bay to pay for a professional writing critique or line editing.

Professional Editing Services:

6. Write what I know. How about an epic romance about a beautiful, witty, 3rd generation Italian-American woman (did I mention she is really beautiful?) stuck on an island? The hero is a ship's captain! He saves her from a band of maurading coconut pirates.

Conflict. I need more conflict. Time to pull out my writing resources from the hut.

Michael Hague and Christopher Vogler, The Hero's Two Journeys

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain

Making A Good Script Great by Linda Seger

The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great by Donald Maass

7. I could open a writer's cafe on the island.

A perfect retreat for writers, editors and agents to talk shop, eat, drink and be merry. The perfect place to showcase...MOI!

Name. We need a name.

Seekerville Coconut Shack!

Now we need signature menu items:

Coconut Shack Tropical Smoothie

Makes about 2 ¾ cups


1 (15-ounce) can Cream of Coconut
¾ cup pineapple juice, chilled
½ cup fresh or frozen unsweetened strawberries
1 small banana, sliced
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup sugar
1 cup ice cubes


In blender container, combine all ingredients except ice; blend until smooth.
Garnish as desired, Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.

Unpubbed Coconut Shrimp


24 medium Shrimp
3/4 cup Flour
1/2 tsp Garlic and herb seasoning
1 egg, well beaten
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 cup shredded Coconut

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray large baking sheet with non-stick spray. Sprinkle shrimp evenly with seasoning blend and pepper. Place flour, egg, and coconut in three small separate bowls. Dip shrimp first in egg, then flour, then back in egg, then generously in coconut. Arrange shrimp on baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden and crisp. Serve with dipping sauce. Makes 4 servings.

8. I can write Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules on coconuts and display the rules prominently in my writing hut.

  1. Never open a book with weather.
  2. Avoid prologues.
  3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
  4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
  5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
  6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
  7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
  8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
  9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
  10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

9. No time like now to start painting coconut invites for my First Sale Party!

10. President John Kennedy kept a very special coconut paperweight on his desk in the White House.

While he was serving in WW2 as commander of the PT109, his boat was hit by a Japanese destroyer and his crew was stranded in the Solomon Islands. Lieutenant John F. Kennedy carved this Coconut shell with a message and gave it to two natives to deliver to the PT base at Rendova so he and his crew would be rescued. He later had the coconut shell encased in wood and plastic and used it as a paperweight on his desk in the Oval Office. The message carved on coconut shell reads "NAURO ISL…COMMANDER…NATIVE KNOWS POS'IT…HE CAN PILOT…11 ALIVE…NEED SMALL BOAT…KENNEDY".

And so with respect to PT109, I share my coconut help message:

Amazing, how much better I feel.

I feel good enough for a coconut giveaway.

All you have to do is tell me what you'd do on Upubbed Island and your name goes into a drawing for a free coconut prize package. Contents are of course a surprise.

Winner will be announced in the Weekend Edition

By the way, the proper way to open a coconut isn't hitting it with a hammer.

Hold coconut over a bowl in one hand such that the "midriff" rests in the middle of your palm, with the tip on one end and the eyes on the other.

Whack the coconut with the blunt of a meat cleaver a few times all around the center until it cracks open cleanly into two nearly equal halves.

Catch the juice in the bowl as it drains from the cracks.


  1. Plop! That's me sliding onto a seat at Seekerville Coconut Shack and ordering a delicious tropical shake!

    Tina--You made me laugh so many times. Great post! So glad it relieved some of that stress buildup. :) (And can I keep the exclamation marks at Seekersville?)

    Thanks for the great links. I think I'm up in the coconut tree with you. Does anybody know what category 'partnership publishing' falls into? I have a feeling it's more in the tree than not. That's okay. I'm in good company. :)

    Now it's time to scrutinize those editorial rules and apply. (Even if some of my old favorites broke every one of the new strategies! :)

  2. Halarious! Makes me want some coconut. I'm on unpubbed island and probably going to stay here for awhile since I'm not seeking representation quite yet.

    But what I'm grappling with is if I should pay for a professional editor or not. Hmmmmm....

  3. What a terrific post, Tina! And the visuals just added to the laughs. Timely, too -- I'll be just soaking up ambience and doing research over there at Unpubbed Island, because my latest WIP just happens to be set in the South Pacific!

    Never knew about JFK and the coconut. I'll have to forward that snippet to my hubby.

    And I brought some fresh pineapple chunks to go with the coconut, along with a dip made from one 8-oz carton of sour cream and 1/2 cup of brown sugar (more or less to taste) -- sounds strange but goes great with the pineapple, or any other fruit, for that matter!

  4. Morning folks. And thanks for the pineapple EC.

    Coffee is hot. Coconut muffins are ready.

    It is raining here in Colorado. LIKE REALLY HARD RAIN. It has been raining for two weeks.What is up with that? That is so not the norm. But that means no fires and less water restrictions so it's all good.

  5. Oh, Tina, I just loved your delightful post!!! You tucked some great info among those coconuts.

    I can't wait for the day that Unpubbled Island is deserted! And it will be. You can carve that on a coconut.

    I'm going to try that smoothie! Sounds perfect for summer sipping.

    I brought coffee and coconut cake. It's never too early for sweets. The cake is gooey, delicious and easy to make. My favorite kind of recipe.


  6. What an awesome post! I put it in my Favorites to peruse all the links later. And it sure makes me wish I liked coconut...sigh. Can't do the feel of it...like fingernails down a chalkboard. Strange, I know.

    I love your honesty!!! And I am sure you will get off that island soon!

  7. Morning Sherrinda. Well, it could be worse. You could hate chocolate. I have a friend who is not a chocoholic. This is very worrisome. However I keep her around because she says the darndest things. I have to have a note book and pen in hand at all times when Steph is in the room. I use her stuff in my books all the time.

    From The Rosetti Curse..Guilt is a useless emotion. A Stephism.

  8. I"m going to use a trowel to add a layer of SPF 99 sun screen and work on my tan.

    I would much rather be here than baling hay with Hubster.

    If we have a blender for smoothies, we could make iced coffee.

  9. TINA ... hilarious, my friend, and would be even more so if it didn't tick me off so darn much seeing all that talent lazing around on Unpubbed Island. But then that place will be nothing but a deserted island one day, a sea morgue of fish bones and cracked coconut shells and great stories of the road to publication. Oh man, can't wait -- bring it on!

  10. Too funny Tina! I'm sipping on my non-alcoholic umbrella drink over here myself :-) i LOVE the rules on the coconut. Do you throw it at the offender everytime one gets broken? If so, then no WONDER my head is aching so bad!

  11. Tina, hook me up with one of them thar smoothies to enjoy while I read my latest Abby Gaines book....

    Checkered Past, a Nascar novel.

    What a talented little chick she is!

    Loved this post. Loved the imagination and the sentiment.


    Unpubbed Island will never be deserted. No sir. This little plot of tropical paradise has served us well, and our empty huts (by the way, mine just got a much needed makeover and it's really quite comfy/cozy, now that Myra's gone. Once I she moved her hair and make-up supplies, it like DOUBLED my work area!!!)

    will be used to house newbies and wannabes at Seeker-sponsored writer retreats. Great food and fun, fairly inexpensive, and riotously righteous entertainment. Tina, Mary, we've got the muumuus ordered, right???

    We thought of grass skirts, but there just isn't enough available grass.



    Loving the coconut muffins. I brought almond whipped cream to go on them and fresh-sliced pineapple.


  12. I think I'm breaking about half of Elmore Leonard's rules.

    I use the word 'suddenly' too much. I've been toying with the idea of changing scenes by saying, "Meanwhile, back at the ranch."

    That strikes me as funny, but then I'm disturbed so I can't trust my own judgement.

    Also, I completely LOVE coconut encrusted fried Shrimp.

  13. Oh, wow, Tina--everything I (n)ever wanted to know about coconuts and more!!! You rock, girlfriend!

    Now Ruthy. My stuff didn't take up that much space. Makeup??? Moi??? Not unless I'm going to be seen in public, which is as infrequently as possible. But I won't begrudge you my hut space since I have a feeling you won't be needing it much longer anyway.

    And what a great idea, to preserve Unpubbed Island for retreats for those who will follow in our footsteps. Footsteps in the sand ... I feel a lyrical mood coming on ...

    And for the buffet table, a luscious German chocolate cake, oozing with caramel-coconut topping.

  14. Oh, Tina, I so relate to you, girlfriend! I'm so ready to get off Unpubbed Island, too.

    I like those Ten Rules. I break some of them occasionally, but that's okay, right? Nobody who lives on an island and dines on coconuts and shrimp can possibly be a rigid rule-follower.

    That was neat story about Kennedy. I never heard that one before.

    Since I won the Writer's Therapy book recently, it's probably too much to hope that I'll win the coconut prize, but I'm hoping anyway! Sounds fun, just like you, Tina!

  15. Rules are one step closer to legalism.

    Rules keep life from being chaotic.

    Ahh, the dichotomy of rules that trouble many a writer. Me, I've decided God is good, rules are great, let us thank Him for the knowledge of when to break.

    My word verification is All Star...phonetically speaking, of course. Sweet! It's about time someone recognized the real me.

  16. This was great, and so creative. Tina, your posts always sparkle, and the pics are great!

    I loved the coconut pirates. :)

    Unpubbed Island will be Deserted Island before too long.

  17. Oh, I just realized I forgot to comment about the main point to Tina's post.

    Coconut tastes like fried grasshoppers.

    In my quest to get off Gina's Unpubbed Rock, which rests in the harbor of Seeker Island, I decided I was going to write something new for a CBA publisher I wasn't targeting with my other manuscripts.

    Great. My word verification this time is Downer. Mr. Word Verification is a snark this morning.

  18. Tina, I feel for you!!! You're not alone!

    If I had a whole island to myself in peace and quiet I'd dream big and write big! And when my fingers got tired, I'd read lots. Oh, wouldn't that be great!

  19. Tina,

    What a day brightener! Your posts are fun and informative and most importantly you let others know what a frustrating occupation this can be...even for the talented, like yourself.


  20. Iced coffee!!! Brilliant. With a dash of coconut.

    Well, Elmore certainly has done those rules proud.

    He only gives one talk, ever and it's always The Ten Rules. I respect that.

  21. You guys are too kind.

    It's a fine line between expressing your frustration and whining.

    I only whine about things like Ruth not sharing her Mallow Cups.

  22. So Gina, tell us about your new WIP.

    Ever decide to like, toss it all in a drawer and write something so not you, so out of the box it sort of SCARES YOU??

  23. Hey, Russo!

    Temptation. Now that's a whole 'nuther blog post.

    I've been tempted to do all sorts of things to my completed manuscripts. Putting the in a chest and sinking them to the bottom of the deep blue Seeker Island harbor is one of them. What stops me is the knowledge the paper makes great kindling.

    Writing something totally not me?

    You know how on American Idol they have genre/theme night? Rare voices can transcend genre/theme. Most voices fall into muck of genre/theme.

    I'm confident if I had a co-writer who didn't write like me, then I could help create a not-me story. Alone, not gonna happen.

    Voice isn't just how you write. It's who you are. When a contest entrant tells me she knew I was her judge because my comments sounded like me, that's when I know I have a loud voice. Duh. Good thing about getting a minor in theatre is one learns how to project.

    My WIP is book 1 in a 3-book series I'm submitting to Heartsong.

    HITCH meets NEWHART in 1912 Vermont.

    Widowed matchmaker seeks to find mates for his two children while struggling to keep the secret of his lost matchmaking skill.

  24. A comment on the trail mix.

    Why would you need to store it in an air tight container. It's a single serving right? Six quarts, just gobble it up out of the bowl.

    What was that you said about exercise? That part I didn't understand.

  25. I'm so sorry for hogging the Mallo cups.

    Here. I brought a bunch to share. There's coconut in them, did you guys know that, so they're very fitting for the day.

    We actually had a promotion at the store which houses the bakery I work at, (what a terrible sentence...) an OLD CANDY promotion, kind of retro sixties with big packs of great old candies including Mallo Cups. Dave brought me home four packs of four bars...

    I ate every last one of them within days. What a hog.

    So I got more to share, gals and guys!

    Mary, I LOVE the idea of "Meanwhile, back at the ranch...)

    Seriously love it. It's like those Scrubs excerpts, or little asides...

    Lori Handeland uses them sometimes, and other authors do too. Go for it. I think they're hysterical and they'd fit into your books and I'd like them way better than overusing 'suddenly'. Not enough panache and punch there.


    So, Gina, swim off the rock and come visit, darling. And bring that new WIP so I can critique it.

    (Read: rip it to shreds to ruin your shaky self-esteem and win all contests forevermore).

    Gotta cut down on the competition one way or another, right???

    Luckily I love coconuts, fish and seafood.

    And pineapple.

    And grass huts.

    And Myra's leftovers.

    No make-up, huh, Myra? Let me share with all of Seekerville the contents of a little bag I discovered after Myrakins vacated the Island...

    Three tubes of Elizabeth Arden mascara, circa 1968.

    Six Maybelline eye collections, shades of autumn, winter and spring, with brushes worn down to stubby ends, possibly eaten off by small island rodents.

    Seventeen tubes of Ruby and Millie retro lipstick and REAL retro lipstick, very 70's friendly complete with sparkles and glitter... Deep red and burgundy tones, so Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable.

    Four jugs of base/undercover/skin neutralizer in pale ivory.

    Three rusted compacts.

    Two midnight blue eyeliners.

    And one eyebrow pencil, worn to a nub but still usable, at least one more time. Maybe two.

    And that's just the case she left behind. Sheesh.

    Loving the German chocolate cake with broiled icing. Oh, I love that stuff! And it's great on spice cake, too. And oatmeal cake. And pumpkin cake.

    I'm getting so hungry.


  26. What a cool post! Tina, you are such a wonderful writer (have been since I've known you), once your books start selling there'll be no stopping 'em.

  27. Did you in the 1930s, three American companies were known world-wide?

    Singer sewing machines


    Elizabeth Arden

  28. Oh, Ruthy, I'll swim over to the big island with my WIP eventually. Call me crazy (and we know you do), I think I'd rather wait for you to rip it to shreds AFTER I hear back from the Heartsong editor. If she rejects the idea, then your shredding will give me stuff to work on. If she loves the proposal, then your shredding will give me stuff to improve.

    Hearing now what I need to fix and can't do anything about changing wht the editor is reading would drive me bonkers.

    And that's not a quirk.


    Now about winning contests forevermore....

    I entered 5 contest this past winter/spring and finaled in 4. Sadly, unless I decide to enter some mo', that'll be the end of my contest success this year. Still, the finals I achieved are sweet, especially the Genesis and Daphne ones.

    Now about my shaky self-esteem...

    My word verification is I'll Rock the Potty. Granted, it's the phonetic version, but still.

  29. I just fixed the hole in my boat, so I'm setting sail. Okay, I don't have a sail. I'm rowing. Great for the upper arms. Now once I exit the mouth of the St. Lawrence River and start south . . . no seriously, I can do this! I live on the water and I can make it to the Atlantic.
    And I can continue to learn, improve my writing craft and follow this dream. (and try to reduce the number of exclamation points in this post)

    I really needed this today. Thanks Tina. And--who knew? Your helpful coconut opening lesson may come in handy someday.

    I agree Unpubbed Island will never be deserted. I look forward to moving in sometime (must row faster) and I'm sure I'll get company.

    Remember when ya'll gave away Jeannie the Character Therapist's assessment? Well, my characters are feeling much better now that they've seen the therapist and I have found out I'm not crazy after all. This darn plot may just work.

  30. Tina, you are hysterical.

    What would I do? Munch on coconut while I write on my laptop (can't eat too much of the stuff so I wouldn't get fat). Then, assuming I could figure out how to print it out, use the coconuts as paperweights to keep the ms from blowing away while I revise, and ponder when I might get off the island.

  31. Tina, this is what blogging is all about! What a FANTASTIC post. Funny, but full of information and fun stuff. I’m going to make that trail mix and eat it while I’m reading Julie’s book---which I’m loving!

    Hmm, what would I do on Unpubbed Island? Probably lay out for a few minutes using my coconut oil (with spf 100, of course) and then take a dip in the ocean of coconut milk. It’s good for the skin, you know.

    Thanks for the good laugh!!


  32. Oops, did I leave that all behind, Ruthy??? Truth be told, it wasn't all mine. I scavenged most of the items from Mary, Janet, Julie, Camy, Debby, Cheryl, Missy, and Glynna after they vacated their huts. You're certainly welcome to use any of it you like. But do send me my root touch-up kit. I'm gonna need it soon.

  33. Gina, how cool is that. Wishing you the best on the series and a prayer for your success too.

    Pat we have generators on the island. We have a drop off of supplies monthly.

    Mary you put the trail mix in the container to hide it from the other people on the island.

  34. I think I'm the one who drove the nail in the coffin of the grass skirt idea (and if THAT sentence doesn't sound painful no sentence does!

    I commented simply that the only grass skirt in my size was a ROLL OF SOD and we all quietly switched to the more forgiven muumuu.

  35. DEBRA! You're not suppose to row for open water, darlin', you're tryign to make landfall... COMEBACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  36. MYRA! That is NOT my makeup. To give you an idea of my make-up regimen, EVERY Sunday Morning, when I put on my weekly make-up for church, I stroke mascara over my lashes and think, "That didn't change my lashes at all. This tube of mascara must be dry. I should buy a new one."

    I'm on about my eighth week of that exercise. I need to make a shopping list.

    Seriously, my make up is, lipstick the color of my lips, mascara the color of my lashes and foundation the same color as my skin.

    That's how you're supposed to do it right?

    Maybe we can have a Mary Kay retreat on the Island, but I suspect I won't change my style. IF I can't change myself I can at least KNOW myself, right?

  37. I'm going coconuts, thanks for the laugh Tina R.

    I'm going to crack a coconut, drink the milk, scrape out the fruit and make myself a coconut bra and a find some grass for a skirt so I can sit on the beach and tan.

    Maybe one of those editors will send me my long awaited contract and let me off the island.
    Or perhaps one of those pirates will happen by and save me.

    Lets just hope he won't see a beached whale and pass by.

    Maybe we could play coconut volley ball, if we wear our helmuts and promise not to spike to hard.

    I may have to have one of those smoothies too. Yum.

    And could you make me the coconut shrimp and bring it to me? I'd be your friend forever. Even after I get off the island.

  38. Oh and to enhance my stay on this blasted island.

    I'm changing my name to Tina Louise.

    Professor, oh Professor.

  39. You are all so good with your SPF coconut tanning lotion.

    Tina Louise, you look great in your outfit. Mary, you are lovely in your sod roll. Do you water yourself daily?

    This is an island gals. NO MAKEUP ALLOWED. Only under makeup moisturizer.

  40. my husband (US Coast Guard) is on it to find Debra. he'll have her position dialed in in a short while.

    i'm going to have to put some more time in on the island. as long as my island is like the one on south pacific...with the music and shower spa and everything.

  41. We have all the amenities on the island Jeannie. Just fewer choices.We have television, but the only shows you can watch are Castle, Lost and Survivor. You can get candy bars from the vending machine in the lobby of the tourist center however the obvious choices are Mounds and Almond Joy.

    Tell hubby thank you and we enjoyed the fly over too.

  42. You don't want to know how I water my sod, Teenee, trust me.

    Thanks for getting the coast guard involved Jeannie. Hate when we have to do that.

    And it's pretty obvious that we can also get Gilligan's Island on the TV set...but we take turns peddling the bicycle to generate energy. I can only go about four minutes before I start having heart palpitations.

  43. my husband wondered what was goin gon when he saw women on the beach wearing SOD. maybe mary started a trend?

  44. I wasn't going to share about Gilligan's Island Mary. It's our little Seeker secret how we all gather around the set and sing the theme song.

  45. So sit right back and I'll tell a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, it started from this tropic port aboard this tiny ship.

    Take it ladies . . .

    I'm trying to imagine us all laying around in our sod and singing. No wonder the rescue team just flew over. They thought they'd made it to KOOKOOnut Island.

  46. LOL.

    If you don't have a sense of humor you have no place in this biz, right?

  47. Tina you just gave me a LIGHT BULB MOMENT.

    I realize my problem and why I'm still on this island. Writer's need a sense of humor and I have much too dour a personality.

  48. Well, since I've just landed on the island, I think I'll go visit your cafe and enjoy food and meet people, and perhaps I'll ask you to show me what to do with a coconut 'cause I've only tried one once and it made an awful mess (which the kids really enjoyed).

  49. Sheila, good to see you.

    Once SPECIAL coming up.

    Thanks to everyone for playing on the island with me today.

  50. Love Elmer Leonard's 10th rule:
    Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

    That deserves a place on my bulletin board!

    Thanks for a fun post, Tina! I'm heading to the kitchen to make a coconut smoothie.

  51. My, my, my, Tina! What a hoot!

    Now that you've gone and shown the world all the amenities to be had on Unpubbed Island--don't be surprised when the mail bottle comes bobbing in with all the move-in requests from the mainland!

    Loved the Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules. Did you carved them all on one coconut or one coconut for each rule? Either way, I've got plenty of room in my hut for the entire set since Glynna grabbed her stuff and left the island.

    You shouted wise words, girlfriend: I want off this island!!

    I second it with a firm, AYE!!

  52. Tina,
    You've been spying on me!! I'm so there!

    When I land on Coconut Island, I will start the morning off with a protein shake made with coconut milk. Devotion and prayer time on the beach will be next. Afterwards, because it is so peaceful and quiet, (no phone, no email, no interruptions from family) I will write/edit to my heart's content.

    Afternoon: a wonderful nap in the hammock under the coconut trees!

    Thanks for a great post!

  53. Great post, Tina! Hilarious!

    Thanks for the morning laughs and great links.

    I'm a resident of Unpubbed Island m'self, though I am constantly on the look out for a rescue ship on the horizon.

    Right now, though, I'm sitting on the sand, my feet dangling in the surf, furiously editing my trilogy. There just so happens to be pirates in said trilogy. Maybe I should throw in a few coconuts, just for good measure!


  54. Hey Tina, you're a wonderful writer and I know you'll get off the island soon. God has something special planned just for you and you're exactly where He needs you right now.

  55. Tina: I've donned by bathing suit and am ready to swim over to unpubbed island to be with you. It felt so good to laugh this morning. Even Riley, my Golden, can strolling in to see what made me so happy! I'd have the barby (Q) ready for those coconut shrimp and toast you with a smoothie. Thanks for giving me a great start to my day!

    Connie M.

  56. Edwina, Jennifer, Conni...thanks for the affirmations.

    And Anita Mae, you are sooo sweeet.

  57. Did anyone mention coconut milk can be used as plasma in case of an emergency?

    What do you mean why am I chiming in so late? I live on a tropical island and have no deadlines. You're lucky I took pains to put on my muumuu before I stopped by.

    Where's the shrimp?

  58. Kimberli, you wear that mummu well.

  59. Oh, how fun!! Only Tina could do a whole post on coconuts and make it so perfect! :)

    I'm late to the party but sure enjoyed it, Tina.

    And now I'm off to read my pet prologue once again. You won't talk me out of it!!


  60. Kimberli, you wear that mummu well.

    It's my color. But believe me, I'm happy to trade it for a sharp suit (silk blouse, calf-length skirt with matching jacket, high heels) and a contract ;o)

    Great post. I shall hold a tiki party when at last you sail off Unpub Island.

  61. That coconut shrimp sounds good! I enjoyed this post.

  62. A coconut is a good hard thing to bang your head upon. Sell it as a writer's block inspiration tool on ebay.

  63. MJ, that totally cracked me up.
    Giving away a much softer writer's block tool today in Seekerville.