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Thursday, May 24, 2012

This & That for the Merry Month of May




My turn to blog was rapidly approaching, but I found myself devoid of ideas. Not a good thing for a writer. But there I was, high and dry of topics. Then I read a newsletter that included blog ideas for May. Eureka!



The article wasn’t quite what I thought. Rather than blog topics, it listed May monthly observances. I picked out the ones I liked, then set about figuring how I could relate them to each other and to writing. So here goes:



May is Creative Beginnings Month. That certainly relates to writing. We all need a great beginning, a hook that will reel in editors, agents, and readers.



May is National Salsa Month. Salsa is spicy and delicious--just like romance novels. A scrumptious opening hook whets our taste buds for the rest of the story.



May is Sweet Vidalia Onion Month. Vidalia onions sweeten a salsa recipe. Sweet, tasty Vidalia onions enhance any recipe much as a passionate and sweet love story enhances any romance novel.



May 27 is Cellophane Tape Day. Cellophane tape holds things together. Good writing, good characterization, and believable conflict will hold any story together, be it sweet or spicy, or a dash of both.



May 30 is Hug Your Cat Day. I love cats. Most writers own cats. Every day should be Hug Your Cat Day.



I’ll end on that note as I go off in search of Killer, my cat, to give her a big hug.



14 comments:

Tina Donahue said...

Hug your cat day - wonderful - I like that one the best. :)

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Tina. Yes, that's my favorite too. I want everyone to know that although my picture of Killer shows her outside, she's strictly an indoor cat. Sometimes she likes to walk around the property so we put on her leash and walk her. She has her harness on in that picture but you can't see it.

Patricia said...

Cellphane Tape Day? I mean, is that for real? I never knew most of these existed. Wow.
Patti

Aileen said...

I think every month should be salsa month!

TessStJohn said...

I'm sure everyday should be Hug your Cat Day!!! Fun post, Cara!!!

Cara Marsi said...

Patti, yes these are for real. There really is a cellophane day. Aileen, I'd like salsa month every month. Tess, I do hug my kitty every day.

Mary Corrales said...

Cool post!

I'm also told that May is national Masterbation month. Lol. I got that info. though from a male erotic author so...take it as you will. ;)

RobinHaseltine said...

National Salsa month is great, but somehow National Cellophane Tape day takes the cake -- do they even make cellophane tape anymore? lol. Fun list!

Adele Dubois said...

I don't own a cat. I think I'll hug my husband instead. He has less hair and he hugs me back. ")

Fun post, Cara!

Best--Adele

Sue Palmer Fineman said...

Hug your cat day? I think I need a cat!

Cara Marsi said...

Mary, that's funny. Didn't see National Masturbation Month anywhere. Not sure I believe your source.

Robin, they still make cellophane tape. I figure the cellophane tape industry has a powerful lobby in Washington for them to get their own day.

Adele, by all means hug your husband. But I highly recommend getting a cat. And they sometimes do hug back.

Sue, you definitely need a cat.

Judythe Morgan said...

Amazing all the things that have their own observance day. You did a great job relating to writing. I really like the Cellophane Tape comparison. You're so right: Good writing, good characterization, and believable conflict DO hold any story together, be it sweet or spicy, or a dash of both.

Janice Seagraves said...

My birthdays in May, so I wanted to read your May post.

Also there's May day.

Happy May to you. :)

Janice~

Cara Marsi said...

Judythe, thanks for posting. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Janice, Happy Birthday! Yes, May Day. A biggie. Happy May to you.

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