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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

We're Having Guests!


I started following Elizabeth Seckman around October last year. Now, just four months later, she's going to become my first ever guest blogger. I'm very excited! She's a big first guest to have, she's even got her own Wikipedia page.

But look at this place, it's a mess! It's not fit for anyone to see! Who put all those widgets in the corner? Someone tidy up this grammar@#! I want you all on your best Think Tank behaviour!*
*So basically don't scare the guest away.

Now, since we're having a little get-together, you're going to have to bring something. Don't worry, you can save the regifted chocolate for someone else. All I need you to bring is your ideas. See, Liz is an author. She's doing a round of visits to bloggers she usually only sees on Easter and Christmas so she can talk about a great new book she's written. It's called Defying Reason and it continues the good work begun in her 2012 novel Past Due. To show you how good a writer she is (as well as a great sport), she's agreed to come up with a short story exclusively for this blog. For no money. Based purely on suggestions that come from you.

So the plan is simple enough. Place your ideas in the comments below and Elizabeth will take them all and turn them into a short story. It could be a character, a theme, a word that you want mentioned... For example, here's my suggestion: Liz, you're a romance writer. I'd like a character who falls in love with someone they shouldn't ;)

Elizabeth will take your suggestions and turn them into something by next week. Until then - no misbehaving!

82 comments:

  1. Congratulations - Elizabeth rocks!
    And she likes to kick. (Inside joke.) So Elizabeth, this is for you - include something in the story about kicking, coconut bras, a tutu, and a dragon.

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    1. Wow, that's a lot of suggestions :P Hope that's not too hard for you Liz ;)

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    2. Alex is just smug because he never, ever warrants kicking.

      No challenge is too hard. I'm picturing a ninja in a coconut bra and a tutu kicking a dragon...

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  2. Whoa. Elizabeth has a Wikipedia page? I had no idea. She's so humble, and she's a burst of energy and talent and heart. She's one of my best bloggy girlfriends, and she gives me advice (or just helps me calm down) on romance. I love her. We're going to go for Mai Tais (spelled?) some day. Insert girlie drinks into the story...This will be fun.

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    1. Love you too Robyn! We will share those girly drinks!

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  3. How about addressing the power of female relationships in support of one another.

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    1. Girl power. I like it! Why is it men have a wingman and we don't? We ladies need one too!

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  4. Oh no, Michael, you're asking me to BEHAVE and yet still suggest something for a ROMANCE novelist to include in a short story? And yet -- look at Rawknrobyn up there, behaving herself so nicely. If she can do it, so can I. Okay then -- Miss Elizabeth, please include the phrase "hot erotic poetry" in your story. That's for you, Robyn!

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    1. I have a calming effect on Robyn. She saves all the really ornery stuff for emailing strangers. (Robyn once sent me a titillating email and sent it to a stranger...the lady was kind enough to inform Robyn she had the wrong address. Good times!)

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    2. That would crack me up! Don't worry, I had to behave too. I was originally going to suggest including a character that falls in love with a robot :P

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    3. I'm cracking up over here. Thanks, Deb. You're awesome. I did behave myself didn't I, but now I want a wingman. And by "want" I mean...wait, he has to look hot.

      It was really funny. I emailed an eseckman and told her all about - who was it, Elizabeth? - the merchant marine or George, and how long (short) it lasted, or how I feared unrequited love...totally got personal, because I fully trust eseckman. The woman (Emily or Elise or something) was very drab and matter of fact in her response. She didn't even wish me good luck with my boy toy. Now I'm thinking, Elizabeth, we should invite her to join us for girlie drinks. =)

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    4. Holy... That would make me die inside and the only way to revive myself would be to make as many people laugh about it as possible.

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    5. I was embarrassed, Michael, and I thought about sharing it in blogland. But the info was too personal. The only reason I didn't die inside is because this other E Seckman's response nearly put me to sleep. That's actually what made it so hilarious.

      Oh, I just saw my quote in your header. Love it, but Al Penwasser's made me laugh loudly. That man's the funniest!

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    6. He is, and I do see myself in him a little bit :)

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    7. You two have a lot in common (all good stuff), come to think of it. =)

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    8. That other eseckman is probably praying for our souls. That may be our ticket into heaven. :D

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  5. Thank you so much Michael!! You found me a Wikipedia page! How awesome. It seems to have issues with technology like I do...what else is to be expected?

    I will have to write all this stuff down. You have tossed down the gauntlet! This will either be the best or worst work I have ever done.

    Hugs!

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    1. Did you not know you had a Wikipedia page?

      Good luck! I believe in you!

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    2. Nope. I believe I have some local teens to thank for that. I think that makes it all the more special!

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  6. haha what a great idea!!! Ok... I say you find a way to incorporate a Milkman. They're so outdated and deserve a little shout-out :)

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    1. It's also a great way to turn this into an erotic story ;)

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    2. Yep, a milkman does seem to up the erotic factor!

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  7. haha a fun idea indeed. Hmmm I have to make it challenging. Find a way to use Area 51 and a talking cat. lol

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    1. Well I'm sure those two can fit together nicely ;)

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    2. Oh my...feels a bit like Witch Mountain.

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  8. At first, when I read "I started following Elizabeth Seckman around" I thought you meant you were stalking her. Then I realized you meant following her blog! Anyway, I don't have any ideas for a short story other than it should be about Eskimos.

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    1. I should really let Elizabeth answer these :P

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    2. Perfect place for Eskimos and talking cats!

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    3. I prefer the group attack, err, I mean method.

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  10. I'm so impressed she's very cool..

    New to your blog........enjoyed my visit

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  11. Life wouldn't be complete without the mention off peanut butter cookies.(smile)

    Michael, this is so much fun! Lucky you.

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    1. I'd like to be one of those people who initiates the fun wherever he goes ;)

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    2. Michael is genius! Peanut butter cookies. One of my favorite things :)

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  12. Ok, if this is a repeat sorry. Google is messing with me tonight.

    You have to throw road rage in there. You always get a good story with a little road rage.

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  13. She must be a star if she has a Wikipedia page. How cool to have a guest. I bet she has stories to tell if she writes romance novels.

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    1. She'll always be a star in my eyes ;)

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    2. Aw shucks, thanks Alissa and Michael. No, I think anyone can have a Wikipedia page. Not real sure. I know my son and his friends were banned from posting things to Wikipedia in the eighth grade- they were messing with history.

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  14. I'm thinking since she's an author she must know the power of the edit. A little editing woes (with humor) thrown into the story would help ease my pain over here on my 5,000,000th rewrite of the dissertation that I'm working on over here.

    Happy to meet your guest in the house!! :)

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    1. Just think, with every rewrite it gets better and better :)

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    2. Nice to meet you too! Got to love edits. Imagine it's like getting waxed and it hurts a little less.

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  15. Happy to meet Ms. Seckman... you are such a catalyst Michael!

    Ideas? Hmmmmm. A logger. Yes, a handsome young logger with the perfect beard, and a fear of sex.... and pink corsets.

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    1. Hahaha as all these suggestion are made I'm piecing a lot of them together myself. The handsome logger could develop strange feelings for the milkman and the only way to express his feelings is by baking him peanut butter cookies ;)

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    2. Oh my gosh...a bearded logger with a fear of sex and a pink corset? Now I'm getting a little scared.

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  16. I'm looking outside and this is what a I see: snow covered and leafless trees.

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  17. Having guests is so much fun! And Elizabeth is wonderful. How fun that she;s going to write a short story exclusively for your blog based on every commenters suggestions.

    Okay, Liz...put yourself in the story as a character! :D

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    1. Ah thanks Chrys- hmm, me as the character...sounds good- as long as it's not the bearded logger.

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  18. A Wikipedia page? That is cool!

    Definitely put some wine and chocolate in there.

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    1. You can never go wrong with wine and chocolate! I don't know how the page got there- I'll just enjoy it while it lasts.

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  19. A Wikipedia page? That is cool!

    Definitely put some wine and chocolate in there.

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  20. On a separate topic, Michael, how are you able to reply to each individual immediately after his/her comment? I have blogger, too, and haven't been able to figure that out.

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    1. Hm, that's odd. On my computer there's two buttons under every comment, one says "Reply" and one says "Delete". Don't get those two mixed up ;)

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    2. Susan, if you're on blogger- go to your blogger dashboard and under settings, go to posts and comments, under comment location- turn on embedded comments. Then save.

      Hope that helps!

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    3. Thanks, Elizabeth. Just followed your instructions and hoping it works going forward! :D

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    4. Yay!!! I must go add tech support to my wiki page. Hehe.

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  21. looking forward to reading your guest's story. If she's not done - add this -
    the fire crackled. She took a sip of champagne and then hiccupped.

    (I don't think anyone in a romance story is allowed to hiccup or burp)

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    1. I think Shrek covered that territory nicely ;)

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    2. LOL Michael! Shrek- I'll have to think og a non-Shrek stealing way to add that in.

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  22. Oooh, I hope it's not too late. I'm thinking a Squealer fan who falls in love with a Raven and they hatch a plan to take down dem cheaters...

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    1. It's all up to Liz how late she takes her submissions. Hope you're not too late :)

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    2. Now that sounds like a real life plan!

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  23. Well I'm not going to suggest anything other than characters who maintain their natural body hair instead of waxing or depilating.

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    1. I expected nothing less from a gorilla.

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  24. Elizabeth is awesome!!! I write Wikipedia pages for clients...it's a pain in the you-know-what. I do like the idea of a romance where a character falls in love with someone they shouldn't. That sounds like the plot of Fate Intended, the first of Elizabeth's books that I read!

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    1. I looked over the page- so many flaws, but no idea (or time or inclination) to fix it, so I'm impressed that you know how to do that!
      Looks like there are plenty of couples listed up there that should never be together!
      (And thanks for reading Fate Intended!)

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  25. Ohhhh I love this!!! What a great idea and she sounds like an AMAZING guest!!! I want some sort of shout out to NY in the story. That way I can eep when I see it. :)

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  26. All right Michael. I'm going to start writing now. Pray for me. Hehe.

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