Coming up with a new topic for our blogs gets harder all the time, doesn’t it? But I’m typing with new energy today, because one of my blogs spurred Vonnie Davis to write a scene and that vignette led to her creating her second Honky Tonk entry. Better yet, she just told me yesterday, TWRP is sending a contract for her story “Back Where You Belong."
So here’s the cute story. Desperate for a blog topic, I was gazing out my window at my orange tree. I couldn’t see the critters, but I was well aware that more snails than oranges hung from that tree, and it was my job to get the ding-dang things off those leaves pronto.
Since snails were on my mind, I wrote about them. Trying to be positive, I considered the ‘blessings’ of the snail, even their use as a food…escargot. And then I wrote:
Typical romance writer that I am, the sex life of an edible snail does interest me. Not only are snails bisexual, but they throw love darts at each other. They are reproducing like mad (love darts shooting everywhere!) and slowly chomping away at my orange tree. Anybody want a truckload of edible snails?
Vonnie zeroed in on the love darts. She tells me a scene about a couple came fully formed into her head as soon as she read my blog (May, 2012), and the rest of the story developed easily from there. In five months, she's got a contract! Is that cool, or what?
One lesson is clear: we writers get our ideas from the most unlikely sources if we’re open to them. Another truth: our blogs have worth!
Congratulations again, Vonnie. We can’t wait to read your second Honky Tonk Hearts story!
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