Wednesday, March 16, 2016

You Know You're A Writer If...





 by Debby Giusti

Raise your hand if you’re a Southerner, eat grits or like Jeff Foxworthy. The rest of you don’t know what you’re missing.



Foxworthy made his name by poking fun at Rednecks. Some of my favorite lines in his routine include:

YOU KNOW YOU'RE A REDNECK IF...

You think a 'cursor' is someone who swears a lot.

You got stopped by a state trooper. He asked you if you had an I.D. And you said, 'Bout What?'

You think Possum is "The Other White Meat."

You think subdivision is part of a math problem.

Want more? Check out Jeff Foxworthy Jokes. But read my blog first. The initial installment appeared in July 2010. It's back by popular demand...and a nudge from Tina! We’ve been hard at work this month and have 15 more days of Speedbo, so it's time to take a break and relax with a bit of light humor. 

REDNECK BAIT?

A tube of crickets you received as a wedding gift.
 (Crickets come in tubes? Who knew?)

SEEKERVILLE BAIT?

A $15 Starbucks’ gift card, plus a copy of one of my books—winner’s choice.
Post your own original “You know you’re a writer if…” one-liner to be included in the drawing.

Spring in Georgia!

READY?

SET?

HERE WE GO!

YOU KNOW YOU'RE A WRITER IF...

Your list of New Year’s Resolutions not only includes your goals but also your motivation and conflict.

You edit your personal incoming mail for typos and grammatical errors.

You’ve  never read a dictionary you didn’t like.

You dream about your WIP and wake to write down a phrase that keeps running through your head.

You think point of view means more than just having an opinion.

“Doing lunch” means editing your work while you gobble down a sandwich.

You never pass a bookstore without going inside…and buying a book.

You’d rather spend time in Seekerville than with your non-writer BFF.

You read the first lines of every book in the bookstore and made note of any agents or editors mentioned in the acknowledgements.



You never leave home without a pen and paper tucked in your pocket, purse or man bag.

You’d rather sit at your computer than ________ (fill in the activity of your choice).

You can figure out who the villain is in any book you’re reading by the third chapter.
(Not Seeker books, of course.).

Your Christmas Wish List includes the latest How-To Writing book.

The Tomato House Restaurant, Senoia, GA,
where The Walking Dead is filmed.

You break down every movie you see into 3 Acts and Turning Points.

Your kids know eating pizza 5 nights in a row means mom’s on deadline.

Your kids get tired of pizza after ordering delivery 5 nights in a row.

You talk openly in public about how you killed someone.

You critique every book you read.

You take notes when police chase scenes run on the nightly news.
  
You check caller ID for a New York area code every time the phone rings.

You break down in tears when the kids bring in the mail and say you’ve received a big envelope from the editor who’s had the hard copy of your manuscript for over a year.

You ask your pharmacist the easiest way to poison someone.
(Not the editor, of course.)


Your to-be-read pile includes books written by many of your good friends.

The history listing on your laptop includes “How to Make a Bomb” and “Meth for Beginners.”

You’ve never met a cop you didn’t want to interview.

At writing conferences, you realize the women, age 23-27, wearing black and hiding their name tags, are all New York editors.

The first section you look at in the Sunday newspaper is the bestsellers’ list.

Rejection means more than being dumped by a boyfriend.

“Your baby” refers to 400 pages of Courier New.



Your family takes vacations each summer in the locale you’ve selected for your next book.

You know query means more than a question.

Along with the dust bunnies under the bed, you’ve also shoved five completed manuscripts rejected by a wide-range of editors, who you call names I won't mention.

You know you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Your flying body parts are never bloody.

You go to work in a T-shirt and sweat pants. Or maybe jammies.

You know voice has nothing to do with singing.

You end everything with a HEA.

Pretty azaleas in my yard!

I scanned the comments from 2010 and found the following gems:

Kav said:
You know you're a writer when you spend more time selecting the perfect name for your characters than you do selecting the perfect name for your own children.

Audra Harders:
If the *keeper* section of your bookcase rivals the public library.

BK:
You read about a Hollywood Gossip Columnist named "Hedda Hopper" and wonder if she has a cousin named "Pointa View."

This bench in The Tomato House is
inviting me to sit and relax with a good book.

Sherrida:
You keep calling your husband by your Hero's name.

Myra offered this, or maybe it was the Grammar Queen:
You own five different thesauruses (thesauri?), six baby name books, and you love looking up arcane info in the Chicago Manual of Style.

Dianna Shuford:
You cut back on buying groceries to fund a writing conference trip.

Hope Chastain:
You have a bumper sticker on your car that says, "I'd rather be writing." 

Janet Dean:
You know you're a writer when you could wallpaper your entire house with rejection letters.

Vince:
If you talk to a teacher about editing your child’s behavior.

Walt:
You know you're a writer if your home library of police procedures automatically makes you a person of interest.


Now it's your turn. Post your favorite line.

Breakfast is a Southern buffet that includes a wide assortment of dishes made with grits--cheese grits, shrimp and grits, quick grits and plain ole hominy grits--plus fresh fruit, ham and egg casserole, hash browns and hot biscuits.


Tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day so today's lunch menu includes corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and boiled potatoes, along with shamrock cookies for dessert!

Enjoy!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby

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190 comments:

Megan Brummer said...

Hey! I just started reading "Stranded" and love it so far!

What a fun post.

You know you're a writer if you keep a notebook by the bed for brilliant ideas from dreams you have...and the "brilliant" ideas are mostly indecipherable the next morning.

Tina Radcliffe said...

The history listing on your laptop includes “How to Make a Bomb” and “Meth for Beginners.” - hahahahaha


You Know You're a Writer if ...you asked for a $107 book for your birthday and got it. And it's called, Practical Homicide Investigation.

You Know You're a Writer if..your kids ask you what you want for your Mother's Day and you say the same thing for 30 years. "A day to do nothing but write."

You Know You're A Writer if...you swipe magazines from the doctor's office because there was a human interest story that would make a great plot for your next book.

Keli Gwyn said...

What a fun post, Debby! I'm feasting on ham and cheese casserole and hash browns now, even though it's only 9 p.m. in California. Yummy!

You know you're a writer if you watch movies with the subtitles on so you don't miss a word of the snappy dialogue.

Trixi said...

You know you're a writer if you know what ACFW stands for & have went to a conference, you're busy Speedbo-ing in March, hope to attain a Golden Heart award & have scoured the dictionary & thesaurus for every meaning and synonym to use in your WIP.

Ok admit it, that was lousy......

I'm no writer so I have no clue....I just made this stuff up....lol!!

Trixi said...

Oh, and by the way, congrats on the new book Debby, I got this one sitting pretty on my shelf :-)

Trixi said...

Or how about this one....you know you're a writer when the voices in your head scare even you.....

See, lousy :-)

Tina Radcliffe said...

You've actually got the hang of this, Trixi! Everything you said was spot on.

Marianne Barkman said...

Oh my...I loved the post and the comments so far.
You know you are a writer when end of Daylight Saving Time means an extra hour to write!

Wilani Wahl said...

I'm a southern girl born in Georgia living in nc.

Thanks for the prayers. Still in hospital before I try to sleep here's mine.

You know you are a writer if you are afraid people will check what you Google.

Melissa Jagears said...

You know you're a writer when you read other author's reviews to see what you should avoid doing or attempt to do to keep the audience happy.

You know you're a writer when you watch clips of certain movies that are similar to what you're writing to help you figure out how to write the body movements of said situation.

You know you're a writer when you send people three page long emails without thinking that's abnormal.

You know you're a historical writer when you ask your doctor to help you figure out how quickly laudanum would take effect and he has no idea what that is.

You know you're a historical writer when you care about etymology and have at least 3 ways to look up word history within arm's reach of your computer.



Elaine Stock said...

You know you're a writer the second you walk into the day job, skip saying good-morning to your co-workers, and race for scrap paper to jot down snippets of conversation between your characters who have been talking tons during the drive to work.


Thanks for these smile!

Mary Preston said...

I'm a reader. Here goes.

You know you are a reader when there are bookcases in every room.

Jackie said...

Hi Debby,

What a great way to start my day.

My favorite quote is, "You never leave home without a pen and paper tucked in your pocket, purse or man bag." Combine that with Elaine Stock's ,
"You know you're a writer the second you walk into the day job, skip saying good-morning to your co-workers, and race for scrap paper to jot down snippets of conversation between your characters who have been talking tons during the drive to work."

So many mornings on my drive to work, a song or comment on the radio grabs my attention, and I have to write it down. If I'm running late and can't sit in the car to write the idea in my notebook, I rush inside the store, write it down on a scrap of paper and stuff it in my pocket. Also during the day at work, if I hear something intriguing, I'll write it down also.

Most recent comment I wrote down was, "Higher than a cat's back." I don't know if I'll ever use it, but I'd never heard that expression before.

Great post, Debby!

Jill Weatherholt said...

Loved this, Debby! The picture of you holding the sign is adorable.

You know you're a writer when your coworkers start saying, "I always wanted to write a book" or "Can you read what I've written so far?"

Praying for you, Wilani.

Debby Giusti said...

Morning Everyone!

Megan! Glad you like Stranded.

Too funny and too true about not being able to read middle-of-the-night scribbles!!!

Great line!

Debby Giusti said...

Tina, love the lines you left.

Okay, I need to know. Is Practical Homicide Investigation worth the money? I have a birthday in the not-too-distant future. Might be something I should ask to receive!

Also, great idea to read personal interest stories in magazines for novel ideas. :)

Debby Giusti said...

Keli...

Love your line: You know you're a writer if you watch movies with the subtitles on so you don't miss a word of the snappy dialogue.

Another good writer tip. This blog post could have a subtitle too: Writing Tips you learn from a Jeff Foxworthy post!

Debby Giusti said...

Trixi, you get an "A" for effort! Plus, you've captured what we've all been doing this March. It's been crazy busy with so many things demanding our attention!!!

The suspense writer in me loves this one, Trixie:
You know you're a writer when the voices in your head scare even you.....

Great!!!

Did you get breakfast? I need a second cup of coffee. I overslept. Stayed up late and then dreamed about attending a writing conference in Australia.

Debby Giusti said...

I should have said that I stayed up late writing! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Marianne, great line!

More time to write...and read! :)

Rose said...

You know you're a writer if every vacation is planned around research opportunities or writers conferences!

Fun post, Debby!

Debby Giusti said...

Wilani, we're all praying for you!

You know you're a writer if you check Seekerville even when you're in the hospital...and you leave a comment!!!

Love your line:
You know you are a writer if you are afraid people will check what you Google.

Watch those nurses, Wilani. Are they looking over your shoulder at your laptop or tablet or smart phone? Don't let them see what you Google! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Melissa, love your lines, although I'm wondering about your doctor. Is he fresh out of medical school? Does he not know anything about the history of medicine? He's never heard of laudanum?

Great idea about watching movies for nailing character movement! Brilliant!!!

Your last line makes me think you have a bit of the Grammar Queen in you: You know you're a historical writer when you care about etymology and have at least 3 ways to look up word history within arm's reach of your computer.

You know you're a writer if you love reference books!!!

Glynna Kaye said...

FUN! LOVE this, DEBBY!

Let's see...you know you're a writer when you get up before 4 each morning so you can write before you leave for the day job....! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Elaine, so true about not saying hello when you need to jot down a snippet of conversation...conversation you've been having in your head with your fictional characters!

You need pen and paper in your car! I think Tina sends a voicemail to her phone with the dialogue she wants to save.

Thanks for sharing your line. I could see it play out in my mind!!!

Caryl Kane said...

These one liners are awesome! I wish I was as creative...

WE DON'T HOARD BOOKS, WE COLLECT THEM!

Have a WONDER-filled Wednesday!

Debby Giusti said...

Mary...

Bookcases in every room! So true! Also piles of books!

Don't we love books?

Books everywhere...

Debby Giusti said...

Jackie,

I'm nodding along with you about Elaine's line...and smiling as I watch you rush into your pharmacy, looking for a scrap of paper.

I bet you overhear lots of great lines.

"Higher than a cat's back," qualifies for a Redneck line. You must live in Jeff Foxworthy country like I do.

BTW, Jeff lived as a child in Moreland, GA, which isn't far from me. It's rural, skirts the interstate. Lot's of rolling hills. Green fiends and tall oak trees.

He attended Georgia Tech and lived in Atlanta for some time, which makes us almost neighbors!

Debby Giusti said...

I'm smiling and nodding, Jill, about coworkers showing you their work!

How 'bout...you know you're a writer when everyone has an idea for a story they want YOU to write!

Vince said...

Hi Debby:

There are three used hardbound copies of "Practical Homicide Investigation" for under $5 each on ABE right now!

You know you are a cheap writer when the first place you look for writing/research books is on ABE.

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&tn=Practical+Homicide+Investigation

Vince

Kav said...

This is sooo much fun. But a spew alert should have been mentioned at the beginning of the post. I'm wearing my hot chocolate now. Ah well, it's laundry day and time to get dressed anyway.

You know you're a writer when you start using dialogue tags in your real life conversation. "I absolutely am not going to do that!" she protests defiantly.

Julie Lessman said...

OH MY GOSH, DEB, KAV IS RIGHT -- THIS IS SOOOO MUCH FUN AND WHAT A HOOT!!

"You edit your personal incoming mail for typos and grammatical errors."

LOL ... guilty as charged!! Pretty much to the whole list, actually. :)

And, SHERRIDA ... DOUBLE LOL OVER YOUR COMMENT!! "You keep calling your husband by your Hero's name." HA!!

MINE:

You know you're a writer when you drive down a winding road at night with one hand because you're writing a line that just came to you with the other. :)

Hugs!!
Julie

Vince said...

Hi Debby:

How come the serious Suspense/Mystery writer pens the funniest post?

Oh, I can't cut my children. Take your pick.

YOU KNOW YOU'RE A WRITER...

When your husband says your characters get more attention than he does.

When your friends call you a drama queen and mean it literally.

When you call you son's poor midterm grades his sagging middle.

When you open your personal letters with a hook and end them with a cliffhanger.

When you watch "Say Yes to the Dress" so you can observe the physical proxies that go along with almost any human emotion.

When you have a bumper sticker that says, "I Brake for Runaway Brides".

When you have a bumper sticker that reads: "A Hero is More than a Sandwich".

When you named your three daughters: RITA, CAROL, and RUBY.

When your husband has to remind you that you're speaking in third person...in public...again.

When you just assume everyone knows who Nora is.

When you're being extra nice to your husband so as to get something out of him later, you call it laying a foundation.

When you call morning sickness, foreshadowing.

When you call desert at a fancy restraint the epilogue.

When a friend tells you she is pregnant and you ask her when's her deadline.


I have all your books, in fact, my wife came in from the library holding a hardbound large print copy of "Headline" saying how proud she was that she found a copy of one of your books on her own. I told her that I checked that exact same book out couple of years ago and she wouldn't read it!

I said, "You've come a long way on your character ARC." Unfortunately, she's not a writer and she didn't get it! : )

Vince

Jeanne T said...

Too fun, Debby!

I don't know how to put mine into a cohesive sentence, but I'll try: You know you're a writer if your recorded conversations about writing and characters on your smartphone takes up more space than your music on your phone. :)

I record conversations I have with friends about my story so that I can remember details when I get home. :)

You know you're a writer if acquaintances ask you to read the books they've just written and give them feedback. :)

Janet Dean said...

Debby, your post was so much fun! Thanks for the chuckles and the yummy St. Patty's Day spread.

I've got to scramble out the door this morning. More later!

Janet

Connie Queen said...

You know you're a writer when use Amazon to read to first 3 pages of all new LI books to see how they do it.

Not too funny but true...

I love these Debby!

Laura Conner Kestner said...

What a fun post, DEBBY! Loved all your examples, and the Jeff Foxworthy ones, and identify with almost all of them. Which truly makes me happy :-)

So many great examples in the comments, too! I particularly love what VINCE said:"You know you're a writer when you call morning sickness, foreshadowing" and "When a friend tells you she's pregnant and you ask when's her deadline." LOL

I'll add a couple: You know you're a writer when you light up like a kid at Christmas whenever you meet someone with an unusual hobby or profession. (Like a man who refurbishes vintage windmills, and a man who makes handmade musical instruments and let me watch the step-by-step process in his workshop :-).

And, you know you're a writer when an elderly woman in the grocery store starts describing the symptoms of her latest unusual illness to the clerk, and instead of running quickly to the next aisle, you decide to listen...and maybe take notes :-)

Thanks again for such a fun post!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I love this!!!!! Deb, you made me smile and laugh, and this is totally smokin' hot awesome stuff!

You know you're a writer if "what if" is your go-to phrase.

Myra Johnson said...

This was too, too fun, DEBBY!!!!! I related to so many of these!

And GQ does share all her thesauri, name books, and CMS with me--actually I think I paid for them all--so as for which one of us came up with this gem, it's a toss-up.

Here's mine for today:

You know you're a writer when you try to figure out the Moral Premise of every movie and TV show you watch.

Myra Johnson said...

VINCE, I just scrolled up to read your hilarious list! You rocked it!!!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Rose...research trips and writing conferences serve as family vacations! YES!

Thanks for joining in the fun today.

Jana Vanderslice said...

Debby! I'm am Laughing! I have done some, a lot, ok- maybe 50% or more of these things!! Which makes me a WRITER!! My head is a little higher & my shoulders a little stronger today because of you! Thank You!

And you know your a writer if...one of your best friends randomly comments, "You should put that in your book!" in the middle of a conversation b/c they know so much about your characters & story line! (And YES that totally happened to me! How Exciting!!!)

Debby Giusti said...

Glynna, you and Ruthy are the 4 AM team!!! Good for you. Only a writer would have such dedication!

Thanks for your one liner!!! And for all your hard work that results in such wonderful stories. Love Ruthy's stories too. Maybe there's something to say about writing at 4 AM! Does it enhance creativity?

Debby Giusti said...

Caryl, so true. No hoarding. Love the collection reference. I have a vast literary collection of Seeker books! :)

Myra Johnson said...

DEBBY said: "Stayed up late and then dreamed about attending a writing conference in Australia."

You reminded me I dreamed about the ACFW conference last night. Went to check in at the hotel, then couldn't find my room and was told it was in the overflow hotel a couple of blocks away, except it was still under construction and they warned me to be careful of all the debris and building materials. I was really glad to wake up and discover it was ONLY A DREAM!!!

So . . . you know you're a writer if dreams about awful conference experiences start replacing all your dreams of reliving traumatic high school moments.

Jana Vanderslice said...

And you know you are a writer when... you cause a small traffic jam in the middle of the Ace Hardware parking lot because you have to jump out of your car to take a picture of 25 lb bags of Chicken Manure stacked outside in the garden section! Seriously! They sell bags of Chicken Manure!! That's got to go in the story somewhere!

And it's very hard to cause a traffic jam in Mineola, Texas! Just saying! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Vince, thank you! I didn't know about ABE! Interesting. Plus, did you see the other forensics and law enforcement related books featured on the same page? Amazing!

What about the one liner you provided back in 2010? "...editing a child's behavior." Love it! It's had me chuckling for days!

Debby Giusti said...

Kav wrote...

You know you're a writer when you start using dialogue tags in your real life conversation. "I absolutely am not going to do that!" she protests defiantly.

"Too funny," Debby replied!!!

Loved your 2010 line too! Naming characters is always a challenge...to find that right name takes time and effort!

Sorry about the hot chocolate! :)

Hugs!

Megs Minutes said...

You know you're a writer when everything you see could be a book scene.

You know you're a writer if every time you see a travel book (no matter how long it's been in print) you think you should add it to your library to help get your creative juices going for your next book location. =)

Debby Giusti said...

Julie, watch where you're driving! I'm worried about you...no texting while driving. No writing notes while driving either!!

You know you're a writer if you die with a pen in your hand. :)

Debby Giusti said...

Vince, you've got me rolling on the floor!

You're a born comedian. Such imagination!!! I can see you taking this gig to a writer's conference...Vince Mooney entertains with one-liners sure to please any writer.

I love them all, but some of my favorites from you, include...

When your husband says your characters get more attention than he does. (My hubby might agree with this one.)

When you call you son's poor midterm grades his sagging middle. (Too funny!!!)

When you open your personal letters with a hook and end them with a cliffhanger. (Love it!)

When you have a bumper sticker that reads: "A Hero is More than a Sandwich". (So creative!)

When you named your three daughters: RITA, CAROL, and RUBY. (LOL!)

When your husband has to remind you that you're speaking in third person...in public...again. (Yes!)

When you just assume everyone knows who Nora is. (So true!)

When you call morning sickness, foreshadowing. (Cracks me up!)

When you call desert at a fancy restraint the epilogue. (Love it!)

When a friend tells you she is pregnant and you ask her when's her deadline. (I'll never think of my deadlines in the same way!!!)

Debby Giusti said...

Jeanne, I'm agreeing with each of your one liners!

You and Tina turn your smart phones into a secretarial service!!! I need to call Siri when I'm out and about and have an idea that needs to be saved.

Great tip to record conversations with your cp! Brainstorming sessions too!

Hope the leg is getting better!

Debby Giusti said...

Waving to Janet...

Debby Giusti said...

Connie, great tip for learning how to begin a story!!!

Why didn't I think of that!

Thanks for sharing...plus, it's a fun one liner!

Sending gentle hugs and prayers for healing!!!

Debby Giusti said...

Laura, is there any doubt that you're a writer? NOPE!!!

Love your one liners. So are you going to use windmills and vintage musical instruments in your story?

Also, we need to know how you met those folks with interesting professions! Amazing! What's your secret?

Vince's one liners were/are hilarious! Deadline and foreshadowing!!! Too, too funny! He's a genius, which we already knew! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Vince, I failed to reply to your comment about Linda! Give her a big, big hug from me!!! She went to the library and found one of my books! Woot!!!

Killer Headline was part of a continuity, a six-book series written by different authors. Hope she enjoys the story!

Debby Giusti said...

Ruthy, you kept me up late last night reading...

You know you're a writer if you like to reread your friends' books!

Debby Giusti said...

Myra wrote:
"You know you're a writer when you try to figure out the Moral Premise of every movie and TV show you watch."

Which means you understand Moral Premise!

Or the one-liner would read...
You know you're a writer if you understand Moral Premise!

So, Myra, do you find that most movies have a Moral Premise?

Debby Giusti said...

Jana, you are a writer. No doubts. No hesitations. Nice to know your friends realize it too!!!

Love your one-liner and the truth behind it!

Hugs!

Pam Hillman said...

Love all these!!! Thanks Debby, for the laughs this morning. Just what I needed! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Myra, we were on the same wavelength last night! What's with these conference dreams? I couldn't get everything packed into my suitcase. Of course, that's a common problem for me. :)

As I mentioned, my dream took place in Australia. I think I was channeling Lyndee!

Wilani Wahl said...

You are a writer if you keep reading your own book because after all it is part of you.

Wilani Wahl said...

You are a writer if you keep reading your own book because after all it is part of you.

kaybee said...

DEBBY, I'm a Northerner and I like grits so go figure.
I know I'm a writer. My specialty is copy-editing restaurant menus.
No kidding, we do think differently from other people.
Kathy Bailey

Myra Johnson said...

DEBBY, the better movies and TV shows do have some kind of Moral Premise. Like Supergirl this week was all about being true to who you really are. I might phrase it this way:

Denying your true self leads to resentment and unhappiness; but . . .

Accepting your true self leads to healing and authenticity.

Okay, so now I have admitted publicly that I am a Supergirl fan. Whatever the genre, for me, it's all about the characters.

Debby Giusti said...

Jana, you've got me laughing even harder!!!

Chicken Manure!!! And you snapped a photo! What a hoot!

"Writers brake for photo ops!"

So how are you going to work that 25 lbs of chicken manure into your story?

And what does one do with 25 lbs of chicken manure?

Ruthy has chickens. Maybe she knows.

Debby Giusti said...

Megs...so true! You're turning everything into a scene for a story...the magical "What If!"

Travel books! YES! I've got a small collection too!!!

Debby Giusti said...

Pam, check out the one liners in the comments. Too funny. The Villagers are so creative!

Did you read Vince's list?

Deadline and foreshadowing!!! I'm still laughing!

Debby Giusti said...

Wilani, so true about the book being part of the writer. It's our baby, right?

Angela K Couch said...

LOL...but so true.
Here are a couple from my life:

Your spouse asks you what’s wrong because you’re making faces at the computer (actually you are trying to figure out how to describe an expression.)

Your three year old opens a word doc. instead of a fun, colorful game geared for his age. He spends the next twenty minutes writing randomness (Mom does it, it must be epic.)

You can’t enjoy a long bath because you get an idea while relaxing and you have to get out to write it down. (I hate this one)

Debby Giusti said...

KB...

Copy-editing menus! Only a writer would do that! Too funny!

Debby Giusti said...

I haven't watched Supergirl, although I used to be a Wonder Woman fan! :)

They say The Walking Dead provides moral lessons. Do you watch that show? It's filmed close to my home, but I never tune in.

Debby Giusti said...

Angela, great one liners...and all so true!

Cute about your little guy copying what Mama does! :)

Julie makes faces too, although she keeps a mirror close at hand. You two should create a writer's video with facial contortions. Bet it would go viral! :)

No relaxing baths allowed for writers! EVER! :)

Laura Conner Kestner said...

DEBBY, I met those folks when I was writing feature stories for several weekly newspapers. Now that I'm writing fiction, I've recently gone back through and started making a list of all those wonderful (and sometimes wonderfully eccentric) hobbies and professions.

One that particularly (re)captured my attention, from about 20 years ago, involves a local man who participated in a months-long cattle drive, just like in the old days. They left Fort Worth with 260 Texas longhorns, a good number of horses, drovers and wranglers, and headed for Miles City, Montana. One of the organizers/cooks for the drive, who lived in the same small Texas town we did, sent regular updates from the trail (he published a newspaper that my husband I printed at our newspaper print shop) and it was absolutely fascinating! Still have all my notes. I'm grateful to have spent so many hours visiting with such interesting people through the years.

Christina said...

After a stressful start this week, this post had me laughing - just what I needed. I missed the first two posts here at Seekerville this week and by miss I mean I really missed stopping by to read and see what everyone was up to.

Hubby had to have a cardiac test to determine the size of a hole in his heart that they diagnosed him with last week. Hubby, I and our daughter were very stressed yesterday with a variety of symptoms that included headaches, upset stomachs and jitters. After all that we found out that there was no hole. This was a relief and a blessing.

We're just a bit upset to find out that he probably went through this invasive test for nothing. I had a feeling for the last week that the doctor who ordered the test was pushing him for no reason after 2 other doctors said they didn't recommend the test. Another case of doctors prescribing tests that truly weren't necessary.
Thank goodness that's behind us.

And now back to my SpeedBo WiP!

Meghan M. Gorecki said...

SUCH a great, fun post. Oh my word.

You know you're a writer when you think of a new place to set a novel every time you travel some place new.

Missy Tippens said...

Fun post, Debby!! Here's my favorite that you included:
BK:
You read about a Hollywood Gossip Columnist named "Hedda Hopper" and wonder if she has a cousin named "Pointa View."

I woke the dog laughing out loud at that one! :)

Missy Tippens said...

A $107 book, Tina??!!!!! Wow. That's a biggie. Don't think I can top that one. LOL

Tina Radcliffe said...

Laura! Have you got some fodder for books! Write Westerns girl. Write Westerns.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Christina L! What a nightmare. So glad it's over and no hole.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Elaine Stock! OH MY GOSH. You nailed it!!

Debby, the book is very graphic. But yes. Helpful.

Tina Radcliffe said...

I had dinner with some folks in St. Louis at ACFW, and one Seeker husband was there and boy did he give me some one liners. I am keeping those for a book.

You know you're a writer when you take notes during the dinner conversation.

Tina Radcliffe said...

You know you're a writer if you understand Moral Premise!

And my response would be...

You know you're a writer when you find Michael Hauge's Six Stages in every movie you watch and feel compelled to tell your husband about it.

Debby Giusti said...

Laura, love how you're reusing all that wonderful freelance info. I had a friend who wrote about interesting folks in my area of Georgia. She always found the unique and different. There are so many special people in this world, aren't there. All fodder for our stories!

I seem to remember hearing about a cattle drive many, many years ago. Might be the same one. What a wealth of information!

Remember those historical reality shows that showed modern day folks living the life of the pioneers? They had other series about maybe Revolutionary Times, if I'm remembering correctly. Even one on the Mayflower. Fascinating. I learned so much. Would love to see them reissued.

Tina Radcliffe said...

VINCE!!!

Love these:

When you just assume everyone knows who Nora is.

When a friend tells you she is pregnant and you ask her when's her deadline.

Debby Giusti said...

Christina, so glad today is a better day! Sorry about what you and your husband had to go through, but rejoicing that his heart checked out fine! Oh my, such stress on all of you!!!

Glad you're smiling. So are we! Hugs to you and hubby.

Debby Giusti said...

Meghan wrote: "...when you think of a new place to set a novel every time you travel..."

So true! I've got a long list of stories that take place in various parts of the country. All of them need to be written! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Missy,

Wonder if Pointa View will visit Seekerville today? Hmmmm?

DebH said...

Love this post. I've been trying to think of something pithy or clever, but after reading Vince's gems... not even gonna try to trump those. So, I'll go with the first thing that came to my mind.

You know you're a writer when something funny/sad/abnormal happens in your family and one of your relatives asks: "You're not going to use that in your story are you?"

I like the obscure professions for consideration for hero/heroine jobs. Like scuba diving (or our local "mermaid" who runs the scuba shop), or locksmiths/clock-watchmakers.

Fun, fun day for reading comments!

Debby Giusti said...

Laughing, Tina! Does hubby want to hear about Michael Hauge's Six Stages when you're watching a movie together? I know mine doesn't. He also doesn't like me to spill the beans on who the villain/killer HAS to be! :)

Debby Giusti said...

I'm still laughing at Vince's one liners, Tina.

Doesn't everyone know Nora!

Ah, no!

As Vince mentioned, only writers bandy her name around...and we don't even include her last name.

Could there be another Nora? NO! NEVER! :)

Debby Giusti said...

DebH, your relatives are worried! So funny! But it's true that many of life's events could...and do...end up in our stories!

Debby Giusti said...

It's time for lunch...

Smell the cabbage? :)

Corned beef looks good.

Yummy soda bread.

Enjoy!

Cindy Regnier said...

You know you're a writer if you understand what BICHOK means and aren't afraid to yell it at yourself

If you remind your kid on "Show and Tell" today to "just show, honey"

When everyone asks what you're going to do on your week off from the real job and they look at your funny when you say 'stay home and get my characters in some big trouble"

You know you're an unpublished writer when a friend reads you're latest book and says "That's wonderful. I don't understand why you don't just 'send it in' and have it published.

You know you're a historical writer when you can't watch 'When Calls the Heart' without pointing out all the historical inaccuracies.

Thanks for the laughs Debby!

Anna Adams said...

Hahaha, Debby! I especially love making goals for the new year that include motivation and conflict! :-) Such a funny post!

Janet Dean said...

Vince, I loved your list of "You know you're a writer when..." So clever!!

You know you're a writer when a sentence pops into your head that becomes an entire book.

Janet

Missy Tippens said...

Speaking of Irish soda bread...I'm not sure if it's been mentioned yet but Kav is sharing a recipe at the Yankee-Belle Cafe today! (link in the side bar)

Jan Drexler said...

This is so much fun!

Okay, here goes:

You know you're a writer if you're on a dinner date with your husband and you shush him so you can listen to the conversation in the booth behind you.

You know you're a writer if you check the publishers of all the books in your genre on the new books shelf at your local bookstore, just to see what they're publishing and what the bookstores are carrying.

You know you're a writer if you know your UPS man and mailman by their first names.

You know you're a writer if you covet that beautiful fountain pen...even though you always use your computer to write.

You know you're a writer when tend to stop whatever you're doing to crack open the case of author copies that Myron (your UPS man) just delivered.

You know you're a writer when you repeat a word to yourself just to enjoy the sound of it. "truck" "onomatopoeia" "swish"


And then:

You know you're the husband of a writer when you watch her spend a hundred bucks on a research book and you just smile and nod. :)

BTW - Debby, thanks for the card. And to all the Seekers - thanks for your prayers. You're the best. :)

Jan Drexler said...

Just thought of another one -

You know you're a writer when your daughter introduces you to her boyfriend and your first thought is, "Wow, he'd make a great hero in my next book!"

True story. :)

Connie Queen said...

Cindy, I love both of these.

You know you're an unpublished writer when a friend reads you're latest book and says "That's wonderful. I don't understand why you don't just 'send it in' and have it published.

You know you're a historical writer when you can't watch 'When Calls the Heart' without pointing out all the historical inaccuracies.

Melissa Jagears said...

Debby, he is actually close to retirement I'd guess. I was a bit surprised myself, but he helped me figure out the half-life of opium with some reference book of his so that helped.

Sandra Leesmith said...

HI Debby Love Jeff Foxworthy so this was a fun post. Congrats on PW bestseller list. woohoooooo and no surprise there. smile.

Am enjoying all the contributions also.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Tina You know you're a writer when you are on the FBI watch list because those items are in your laptop history. LOL

Sandra Leesmith said...

Trixi don't apologize. Those were great. LOL

Sandra Leesmith said...

Connie Queen That is a super idea. Great going.

Sandra Leesmith said...

You know you're a writer when you tell your husband you need to stare at the handsome men because its research. (He actually accepts that. lol)

You know you're a writer when you talk out loud to yourself. I mean your characters are talking out loud. ( This may have been said, but I do this way too much )

You know you're a writer when you tell you hubby who is all upset about some character on TV that its "just fiction".

Jane Myers Perrine said...

You know you're a writer when you don't allow anyone to use the phone the day the RITA nominees are called.

Debby Giusti said...

Cindy, your lines are great.

I especially enjoyed: If you remind your kid on "Show and Tell" today to "just show, honey."

Love it!

Also chuckling about the friends who don't understand the long journey to publication!

Debby Giusti said...

Anna, we'll be meeting tomorrow. Can't wait!

You know you're a writer when you and your cp brainstorm from noon until 5 PM...never thinking so much time has passed.

That was us a few weeks ago! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Janet, so true. Many of our books start with that first line that hooks us and won't let us NOT write the story.

Debby Giusti said...

Thanks, Missy! I love Irish soda bread. Almost bought a still-warm-from-the-oven loaf at Fresh Market yesterday, but knew I would eat the entire loaf. So I was good and didn't put it in my shopping cart.

I'm still thinking of how good it would have tasted!

Debby Giusti said...

Jan, loved your list of one liners, but I laughed so, so hard when I read the last one:

You know you're a writer when your daughter introduces you to her boyfriend and your first thought is, "Wow, he'd make a great hero in my next book!"

Did you tell your daughter? And did she tell her boyfriend?

Debby Giusti said...

Connie,
Hubby always points out inaccuracies in military shows or movies. I often have to ask him to "Hush up, Honey!" I say it lovingly, of course! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Melissa,

Seems the doctor redeemed himself.

Which sounds like the title for a Love Inspired Historical. :)

Debby Giusti said...

Thanks, Sandra, for sharing your one liners and for your kind words about the PW list.

Love this one from you: You know you're a writer when you tell your husband you need to stare at the handsome men because its research. (He actually accepts that. lol)

So are you watching the men poolside? Or on the pickle ball court? :)

Debby Giusti said...

Jane, you nailed it big time!!!

She wrote: You know you're a writer when you don't allow anyone to use the phone the day the RITA nominees are called.

Won't be long until the announcements are made. I couldn't enter this year. The category was filled by the time I tried to register. Learned my lesson! Next year, I'll submit early.

Good luck to all who entered the RITA and the Golden Heart! Hope we have lots of Seeker and Villager finalists!

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

These are all great. What fun! No way can I top them. 😄

Debby Giusti said...

HI Jess, aren't they good! I'm still laughing. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Natalie Monk said...

You know you're a writer if...

1. A friend wants to set you up with a guy and says, "He likes that you're a writer. He said he wants a wife who could help him write the book he's wanted to write for 15 years." ... -_-

2. Someone gets your number from a business card and calls to ask if you can write their book sentence by sentence as they dictate to you over the phone. Preferably for free.

Unfortunately these nuggets were mined from personal experience.



I love all the lines you have shared, Debby! Gave me a much-needed laugh!

Mildred Bastidas said...

You know you are a writer when, you start to make up a new scene in our mind while the doctor talks to you about your child's diagnosis.

Mary Connealy said...

You know you're a writer if you talk about the movie Twister and explain about the 'dumb friend' device to explain the presence of Bill Paxton's fiancé.

You know you're writer if you still can't quite help but boast about calling the ending of the sixth sense a quarter of the way into the movie.

Mary Connealy said...

You know you're a writer if you pick up a mastondon tooth at the children's hands on exhibit at a museum and a whole book writers itself in your head in ten seconds.

Mary Connealy said...

You know you're a writer if you rewrite the end to a football game over and over and over...including with body language.

Or no, that might be any sports fan.

Janet Dean said...

Natalie, I would've loved to have heard your reply to those requests. I'm speechless. Well, as close as I come. :-)

Janet

Mary Connealy said...

You know you're a writer if a tour guide at a history museum has to be interrupted repeatedly so you can ask follow-up questions.

And also if you ask them to get the Winchester 73 out of the locked case so you can see how much it weighs.

And also if you meet your friend and her husband in a parking lot so he can show you how to load his replica Winchester 73 rifle.
All the while you're rehearsing your explanations to the judge. Yes with dialogue from you and the judge included.

Debby Giusti said...

Natalie, did you go out with the guy who wants you to write his book?

Guy #1 might be great, but stay away from the second man. He sounds dangerous!

You might be a suspense writer if you see danger around every corner! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Mildred, you were in la-la land brainstorming your story! Shame on you! No, really, just kidding. We've all been there...although maybe not when talking to the doctor! LOL!

Debby Giusti said...

Mary, laughing at your one liners!

I remember you mentioning that you clued into Sixth Sense early in the movie!

I can so relate to follow-up questions during a tour. I usually have a small notebook in hand and jot down everything the tour guide says. You take photos of the exhibits, right?

Sherida Stewart said...

Thanks, Debby, for a laugh-filled break from today's writing. Fun! Plus the sign you're holding "Don't quit!" will be my motivational slogan for the rest of the month....along with "Face your fears!" Your prayer is especially meaningful this month. I read it right before I start my writing time. Thank you!

Here's my epiphany from this week......You know you're a writer when ....you're writing a synopsis and tears begin to cascade from your eyes because of the hero's painful backstory. *sob, sob*

Congratulations on the release of Plain Danger! It's waiting for me when I finish Speedbo!

Missy Tippens said...

Mary, that's so funny!! I can imagine you doing those things. :) And can just picture you in court. hahaha

Missy Tippens said...

Natalie, those are awful!! LOL

Jeanne T said...

I've just got to say, I'm thrilled to have been able to spend 75 minutes toward my Speedbo goals today! Thanks for spurring us on, Seekerville!

Toni Shiloh said...

Loved, "You read the first lines of every book in the bookstore and made note of any agents or editors mentioned in the acknowledgements." So glad to know I'm not the only one who does that.

How about this: You know you're a writer if after getting injured, you write down your emotions for point of reference when you use it in a novel.

Sandy Smith said...

You know you're a writer when you always make up stories in your head about the people you see and try to figure out what they're doing.

Please enter me in the drawing!

Chill N said...

Debby this is such a fun post!. I don't have an original one-liner, but I giggle at this one: You now you're a writer if you have an opinion on the Oxford comma.

Thanks for the day brighteners -- and the assurance I am not the only one who does those things :-)

Nancy C

Lara (Storm) Hitchcock said...

Fun post. (And I needed a break anyway.) Okay, so here goes ...

You know you're a writer if, in the middle of a conversation, you ask your hubby to hold that thought while you write down some idea you've just had.
You know you're a writer when you spend more time talking about what your characters did than what YOU did.
You know you're a writer when you type ideas into your iphone with one finger at 2 AM because you were up feeding the baby and you only have one hand to spare. (Totally hypothetical, of course ... :-| )

Well ... that's all I've got for now and I'd better get back to my writing since I still haven't met my daily goal yet. Happy writing, everyone!

Debby Giusti said...

Sherida, I'm sniffing about your hero. What happened to the poor guy? Do I have to wait until your story is written to find out?

Thanks for your mention of The Writer's Prayer and Plain Danger!

Love your one liner, by the way. Sniff, sniff!

Hugs!

Debby Giusti said...

Yay, Jeanne! Words written! Woot!!! It's all good!

Debby Giusti said...

Toni, love your line...

"You know you're a writer if after getting injured, you write down your emotions for point of reference when you use it in a novel."

So true. Sometimes when I'm feeling low or am in pain, I think about how I would write those feelings. We are crazy people, aren't we!

Debby Giusti said...

Toni, I hope you're okay, which I should have mentioned initially!

Debby Giusti said...

You're in the drawing, Sandy Smith! Great line and so true!!!

Wilani Wahl said...

Good News! I am home from the hospital.

I just thought of another one. You know you are a writer when you create characters around the people you meet while in a hospital or whatever circumstances you find yourself.

Connie, Praying for a speedy recover for you as well.

I am so grateful for everyone's prayers. I am really wanting to write again and actually feel like it so I may allow myself to do a little but also know I need to rest.

Sharee Stover said...

OH my goodness this was AWESOME. Thank you!!

"You know you're a writer when you pass a large dumpster or while sitting in traffic and staring at the car trunk in front of you, and wonder how long a body could remain there before someone noticed."
"You know you're a writer when you grab your cellphone and speak scenes into it to type out later...while walking through the grocery store."

Debby Giusti said...

Chill N...

"You now you're a writer if you have an opinion on the Oxford comma."

You can write a great one-liner!

BTW, I don't add a comma before a conjunction in a series. You?

Debby Giusti said...

Storm, I'm nodding to all your lines. Yes, to putting hubby on hold. Often! Poor guy!

Also talking about what my characters did. Probably because if I've been at my computer all day, I haven't done anything exciting...and they have! :)

Enjoy those special moments with baby, even at 2 AM.

Debby Giusti said...

Wilani,

Such good news! We're all so glad that you're home!!!

Take good care of yourself and get better fast!!!

Seems you gathered a lot of fodder for a story while you were in the hospital. I see a medical romance in your future!

Debby Giusti said...

Sharee, you are a writer...sounds like a suspense writer since you're thinking of dead bodies. My type of stories!!! :)

Jan Drexler said...

Debby, yes I did tell my daughter what I thought of her new boyfriend.

I don't know if she told him or not.

And that may or may not have been the deciding factor in their upcoming marriage. :)

Yes, I will have a romance hero for a son-in-law, because I did use him for the hero in my next book.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

You guys are so good at this! I'm reading these comments and loving them!!!

Debby wondered about the 4:00 AM thing.... Deb, it's quiet. There are so few quiet times in my day/week/month/life that I've always tried to get up early so I was ahead of myself and the six kids... and then it became writing time.

And I'm a whiner at night, so that's bad for creativity!

I love all these lines, you guys are the best.

CatMom said...

LOVED this post and comments, Debby. As a native (and life-long) southerner, I will happily say I LOVE grits and Jeff Foxworthy! :)

You know you're a writer when you're Christmas shopping, and you see the perfect gift for Sadie....but then you remember that Sadie is a character in your WIP. ;)

Thanks for the laughs and the yummy food today, Debby. Seekerville is the BEST!!
Hugs, Patti Jo

Tina Radcliffe said...

"You read the first lines of every book in the bookstore and made note of any agents or editors mentioned in the acknowledgements." hahahahaha Loved this too, Tony Shiloh.

Debby Giusti said...

Jan, what a fun story...with a very happy ending! Thanks for sharing. I'm smiling!

Debby Giusti said...

Ruthy, you inspire us!

Aren't the lines great! Everyone is so creative.

Debby Giusti said...

Patti Jo,
Your line has me laughing. True story?

Pat W said...

Debby, so much fun in this post. I think my favorite would have to be from Sandra:

"You know you're a writer when you tell your husband you need to stare at the handsome men because it's reseasrch. Hahahaha!

I don't know about y'all but I can't wait to try this one out to see if it flies. All in good fun of course!

Crystal said...

I bet those notes are amazing and hold wonderful gems!

Crystal said...

Praise the Lord it wasn't a hole. Praying things become more relaxing for you.

Tanya Agler said...

Debby, How fun to come home after a day spent editing and read this post.

I only read the first ten or so comments so I don't know if any of these are on there.

You might be a writer if
you see GMC on a truck and immediately think Goal, Motivation, and Conflict.

You might be a writer if
you are walking on a treadmill at the gym and start typing a note to yourself on your phone because there's no pen and paper handy.

You might be a romance writer if
you read children's picture books and imagine a HEA for the adult characters?

And my pharmacist dreads it when I bring up poisoning my characters. Yeah, my pharmacist is my husband.

Walt Mussell said...

You know you're a writer if you treat insomnia as an opportunity to pen more words.

Walt Mussell said...

You know you're a writer if you pride yourself on your choice of verbs in a business memo.

Mary Connealy said...

Debby yes I take photos of the exhibits but I am even MORE careful to take photos of the exhibit labels and any written words about the exhibit. I LOVE WORDS IN A MUSEUM.

You know you're a writer if you like the WORDS in a museum more than the exhibits.

Mary Connealy said...

Missy I am FOREVER rehearsing testimony. Which is pretty weird because I am a really law abiding woman.

Mary Connealy said...

Walt both of yours made me laugh.
Let's use ACTIVE verbs in this memo. Change 'was' to something more vibrant.

Mary Connealy said...

Hey, I'm awake. I left my heroine hanging from the edge of a cliff. I guess I'll go get her down.

Mary Connealy said...

Patti Jo, LOL you're shopping for fictional characters. Ah yes, you know you're a writer.

Cate Nolan said...

You know you're a writer when you don't come play at Seekerville until you've hit your word count. :(

Or, You know you're a writer when you're supposed to be doing report cards, but you make sure to get your word count in first. Oops #Notsayingthatwasme

Debby Giusti said...

Pat W, let us know if it works with hubby! LOL!

Debby Giusti said...

Tanya, this one has me chuckling!

You might be a writer if
you see GMC on a truck and immediately think Goal, Motivation, and Conflict.

I never made the connection. Good for you.

Hubby is a pharmacist? How handy. I may call for help with killing a character or two. :)

Debby Giusti said...

Crystal, today's been packed with great one-liners too!

Debby Giusti said...

Walt, laughing at your verb one liner. Did you see your comment from 2010? So good!

Debby Giusti said...

Mary, save that character!

Debby Giusti said...

Good for you on the word count, Cate Nolan.

Love your lines:
You know you're a writer when you don't come play at Seekerville until you've hit your word count. :(

Or, You know you're a writer when you're supposed to be doing report cards, but you make sure to get your word count in first. Oops #Notsayingthatwasme

Walt Mussell said...

You know you're a writer if you know every 24-hour coffee shop within a five-mile radius.

You know you're a writer if you're in the emergency room for what appeared to be something major and, post diagnosis, your wife is ready to strangle you when you keep the doctor there just to confirm all the juicy medical terms you just learned.

You know you're a writer if you watch Pawn Stars just to compile a database of people who know odd historical facts.

Crystal said...

Stepping away from a few minutes of coveted writing time which has been severely limited this week. I reviewed the last two days of posts and found many helpful things. I loved today's topic.

You know you are a writer when your family brings you their emails to rewrite, oh and their documents, fliers, grocery lists...

You know you are a writer when Homeland Security is monitoring you because of your search history.

You know you are a writer when you significant other accuses you of having an affair with your fictional characters... even though the hero/heroine always has a little of them in them.

Alright back to work. I love everyone's lines! I relate to WAY too many...

Debby Giusti said...

You're on a roll, Walt! So did the medical emergency happen? Are you okay?

Debby Giusti said...

Crystal, glad you could stop by for a minute...

I can relate to your first one-liner! Everyone wants the writer to check their work, right?

#2 has me worried, Crystal. What have you been searching on Google?

Walt Mussell said...

Debby, it happened last fall. I'm fine. It was just too many symptoms at one time to ignore.

Crystal said...

Counterfeiting, electroplating, secret service methods... many others, but most of it is 1880s related so I think I am safe. ;-)

Beth said...

What a hilarious post.

You know you're a writer when a friend is describing her sister's tragic breakup, and while appearing horrified, secretly you're plotting how to work that scene into your WIP.

Vince said...

Hi Debby & One Line Writers:

I sure enjoyed everyone's one liner "If I were..." comments. I love it when it is funny but also factually true. That's a home run. Many were like this. I hope we don't have to wait six more years for another taste of this fun. : )

Debby: you're right about "Killer Headline". When Linda held the book up all I saw was the word "Headline". It had a cover like no other of your books. I didn't even think LI would try to write a continuity series for a mystery/suspense. That would seem to be impossible to coordinate since red herrings and trick twists are such an important part of mystery/suspense. I'm going to have to check into this series and see if it is on Kindle.

Thanks everyone for their fun posts today. I can see it was very popular.

Vince

Debby Giusti said...

Walt and Crystal, I'm relieved concerning both of you! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Beth...

Shame on you! LOL! But you ARE a writer! :)

Debby Giusti said...

Vince, it was probably re-published by Thorndike. That's the hardcover I have. They print for libraries. The copies are expensive but less likely to fall apart with lots of wear and tear.

Thank Linda for me!

Sierra Faith said...

You know you're a writer if you hear about someone with a weird quirk and you think they'd make a great character!

Rebecca McLafferty said...

I can't believe how many of these "you're a writer if..." things are actually everyday occurrences for me. haha! Here's one more: You know you're a writer when you meet your BFF for lunch, but neither of you bring lunch. Instead, you pull out pens, writing paper, research books, and laptops.

Olivia said...

You know you are a writer when you try ti write your quota of wirds on an iphone because you didn't brung your device on vacation and you start writing in the blank areas of your book of devotions!
Please put my name in the cat jar for that wonderful drawing, Debby!

Debby Giusti said...

Sierra, Rebecca, and Olivia, thanks for joining in the fun! Love your one-liners!!!

Natalie Monk said...

Janet and Debby, no, I didn't go out with the guy, lol. There were some other major areas where we weren't at all compatible, so whew! :) But after I declined, that guy tried to set me up with his other guy friend, which didn't work out either. Stranger than fiction. :)

The second person who asked me to write their book wasn't a man, thank goodness, or I would have been a little creeped out. I referred her to a freelance editor. It was the kindest, most helpful response I could think of.

Elizabeth Van Tassel said...

So fun everyone. Natalie, so funny. I think you also know you're a writer when you're feeling lonely, and suddenly you realize you haven't written in a while and are really missing your characters, like they're real people. Or you see their magical elements when you're walking around, at the sea side, or even taking a walk.

Best to everyone!

Toni Shiloh said...

Debbi, I am okay. Thanks for asking. :)