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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Writing in the Buff's Book Blurb Friday #5 - "The Meditating Tree"

The Meditating Tree

The tree beckoned her visitation...

Amy had just about had it.  She was sick of her dad's drinking; of her parents' constant fighting.  All she wanted was peace and quiet, something that was not easily found at home these days. 

Grabbing her journal and hoodie, Amy closed the front door quietly behind her as she stepped outside.  They probably wouldn't notice her leaving, but she didn't want their anger focusing on her today.  Sometimes, Amy felt as if her parents staged their arguments --- as if they were performing in a horrible play that she was obligated to watch.

Crossing the street and walking through the tall grassy field, Amy headed toward her solace and favorite place ever.  Her meditating tree.  Climbing the 100-year-old oak, she sat on a huge limb, resting her back against its rough trunk. 

Taking out her journal and pen, Amy begins to write her story. (150)

Disclaimer ... if that green thing is a snake, I think that I missed the point.  Amy isn't about to sit down as a snake crawls up the tree! 

I am participating in Lisa's Book Blurb Friday, from over at Writing in the Buff.   It is fun, and you can play too!  Pretend that the picture above (this one was taken by Lisa's son, Joey) is the cover of a book.  On the inside jacket, you have 150 words to entice the reader to buy your book.  Lisa gives us a week to think about next week's entry (she's gracious like that).  Please CLICK HERE   to read what everybody else wrote!

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Lisa Ricard Claro said...

I'm enticed! And I love your additions to the "book cover." Great job, friend!

Lynn said...

That was great Kathy and it's funny that I too called it a 100 year old tree! :-)

Susan Fobes said...

LOL! I don't think it's a snake! What an intriguing story, I wonder what she will write?

Sandra Davies said...

I never thought of climbing the tree - lovely idea!

liberal sprinkles said...

I love this, Kathy. I had a similar idea of someone climbing a tree as refuge but I didn't think beyond that. and I'm not gonna get time to write a blurb this week. But I'll be reading!

Ellie said...

I love what you did with the cover - it's perfect!

Your blurb has me intrigued.

Book Blurb Friday

Margo Benson said...

Lovely blurb! I love the quiet feeling after the parents arguing. I would read this.

Arkansas Patti said...

Ok, I'll get comfortable and turn the page.
Nice job.

Diane said...


Starting a new feature at my blog called The MicroFiction Muse! Please pop in and take a look and hope to see you next week! :O)

jabblog said...

I hope Amy's writing will prove as much a sanctuary for her as the tree.

Linda O'Connell said...

Very realistic and the tree offers refuge. It;s worse than a snake, it's a poison ivy vine probably.

Jenners said...

I'm loving the variety this week!! And I didn't even see the "snake" until you mentioned it. I think Amy is safe!

Tony Benson said...

Great blurb. It sets up the story but leaves me wondering just where it will go. Looks like a good read.

Ms.Daisy said...

I think sometimes this is how great writing starts...a diary and a quiet place to think! Love your story idea!


K9friend said...

I wonder what Amy's story will reveal?


Fireblossom said...

Sounds like she's up a tree, to me. I hope there's an agent on the next branch!

Bookie said...

This sounds like a good YA or a coming of age novel....nice...inticing.....

June Freaking Cleaver said...

My favorite part was the parents acting out a play that she was obligated to watch...very evocative for me.

I hope she finds solace and solutions while she's in the tree.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Thank you, Everybody!

Lisa, thanks!

Lynn, well, it must be at least that old! You and I do lots alike anyway. Did you know that my middle name is Lynn?

Susan, I don't know ... I probably should have kept going. Something about how the death of her baby brother tore apart her family.

Sandra, that's what they are for, lol! I'm too old now though.

Grace, thanks so much for stopping by and reading everybodys stories...we look forward to your next blurb!

Ellie, thank you, glad you liked it. I later wanted to change "book" to "novel" but would have had to redo the whole thing, so I just left it.

Margo, thanks! Yeah, sometimes you have to seek out peace and quiet by leaving.

Patti, thanks ... you are so nice.

Diane, maybe after the A-Z Challenge is all done I'll give it a try. Thanks for the invite.

jabblong - you know, I have a feeling that it will. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.

Linda, ha ... hope it isn't poison ivy! Thank you for your comments.

Jenners, I'll go with your gut feeling on the snake. I loved all the variety too.

Tony, thank you. I wonder too.

Ms. Daisy, I think you are right about that. Thanks so much for commenting.

K-9 Friend Pat, it would be fun to keep writing and find out! Thank you.

Fireblossom, ha! Me too.

Bookie, that is what I had in mind. Thanks so much for stopping by and understanding my intent.

June, I liked that part too. I think that too many times that is what it turns out to be. Thanks for your comment!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Kathy M.

Sioux said...

Kathy---I love the direction you went in. What did Amy write? Inquiring minds want to know...

I took a more lighthearted approach. I too saw the snake/vine but decided to pretend like it wasn't even there. Not even a disclaimer from me! ;)

Tammy said...

Another nice take! I too wondered what the heck that crawly-looking green thing was!

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