Monday, September 10, 2007

Blurbs and Sublurbs


Lilly ,
(daughter of John Noble),
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt,. P.R.A.,
oil on canvas, 1864.


Pardon my pimpage.

The official blurb for Weirdly: A Collection of Strange Stories reads, in part: From sci-fi to paranormal to weird, from chilling to odd to scary, Weirdly will sate your lust for strangeness in bite-sized pieces. Each tale weaves its own spell. Vampires, beasts, ghosts, evil creatures and, of course, every day people inhabit Weirdly's pages...

You may read the full blurb at the link on the left.

Since my urban fantasy short story, Stone Child, is included in the Weirdly anthology, I thought I should provide you with a sublurb for it as well.

When accredited Talent and clairvoyant Lillie St. Claire is sent to Wild Man Mountain to find a lost child, she expects the search to end in the sad but routine task of discovery by ghost. She does not expect to find a stone child, cold murder, or a slavering of trolls bent on blood-justice.

Lillie St. Claire is one of those seditious characters who sometimes step out of a WIP (A Malignity of Ghosts) and who won't shut up and go away after one has typed End.

It's not that she's agressive, really - more at quietly insistent.

This weekend I have been fleshing and flensing another of her stories. One of dark loss, exorcism, pain and love.

And I don't know what to call them. Adventures seems too high and wide a word, like most of the usual choices.

I'm in need of an appropriate synonym.

32 comments:

kmfrontain said...

Exploits? But do you need a word like adventure? How about job description? The Case Book of L. St. Claire, Paranormal P.I.

Congrats on the release.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Karen.
I shall ponder "job description" in hopes the light will come on.

Church Lady said...

Chronicles?
Hauntings?
Whisperings?
Hmmm...
:-)

Bernita said...

You see my problem, Chris.

Robyn said...

I would have said Chronicles, too.

Bernita said...

I don't know, Robyn,"Chronicles" just seems too formal for Lilly's stories - and yes, I really should settle on a consistent spelling of her name!

Ello said...

Tales of Lillie St. Claire? Saga? Strange journeys? Perhaps just picking out a major plot point as a title instead?

I love the story blurb, am very excited to read it.

December/Stacia said...

I like "Adventures". It has a fun, charming feel to it.

Bernita said...

That would be "The Exorcisms of Lilly St.Clair," Ello!
Individual titles for Lilly's tales are not a problem - well, not always, anyway.
Thank you so much.
Of course, now I'm terrified that readers will be disappointed.

Hmm, that's two for "Adventures." Maybe I need to reconfigure my ideas, December.

StarvingWriteNow said...

I've always liked "trials and tribulations" myself...

Bernita, what a fun blog you have! I like all the cool paintings, etc. you post.

Dave said...

A slavering of trolls
How disgustingly apt, how delightfully icky! the last thing I want slavering around me is a troll.
;)

Bernita said...

Thank you, Starving!

Trolls are sasquach cousins, Dave, but they are not the real monsters of the story.

SzélsőFa said...

I did some theasurus search and found these to my liking:

quest/quests of, crusade, marvel...

(for me, crusade implis a historical story)

Frank Baron said...

The Leitmotifs of Lillie St. Claire.

Too highbrow? Okay. How's about "The Eerie Experiences of....?" I'm seeing a psychic Sherlock here. (Probably because I'm re-reading Conan Doyle.)

Congrats on placing the piece. :)

Bernita said...

Thank you, Szelsofa.
"Crusade" suggests that to me too.
And "quest" makes me assume a YA or high fantasy story.

Letimotifs?
~chokes~
Frank, please tell me you are kidding...
Not a detective, really. There have been just too many ghosts irritating the public, frightning motorists, causing accidents, molesting children, causing disturbances, in a free-range fashion, so she's hired by the municipality to dispatch them. She also finds bodies of of missing people for the police. Creatures out of legend, like banshees, trolls, etc. have begun to show up too, so she has her hands full. And then there's her dead and very nasty husband, a zombie...

raine said...

Sounds like the beginning of a great series, Bernita! ;-)

The title thing is tough. For some reason the first thing that came to mind was 'The Closer', title of a tv series about a woman who comes in to wrap up police cases. So, maybe 'The Cleanser'.
Well, no, that sounds like a household cleaner... :-/

'Life and Death In the Sublurbs'?
(no, I'm not helping, lol!).

Bernita said...

I hope so, Raine. Thank you.
Now you've done it. She's The Dispatcher!

raine said...

Now you've done it. She's The Dispatcher!

:-D

Charles Gramlich said...

"Tasks?" "Haiku quests?" I don't know. I like the blurb, though. Sounds interesting, and great that you can turn it into a series.

Jon M said...

Sounds interestingly exciting in a weirdly scaring sort of way!:-)

spyscribbler said...

Chronicles is what occurred to me, too. Sublurbs ... love it! I wonder if you could come up with a similarly perfect yet original word for chronicles?

Bernita said...

Glad you liked it, Charles.
ID I can. She does encounter some interesting situations.

Thank you, Jon! We did use all the words in that blurb, didn't we?

Might be mistaken for a typo, Natasha - like a list of books about ogres, the Compleat Bibliogrephy, or "Biogrephy - An Ogre's Life Story."

Gabriele C. said...

a slavering of trolls

*giggles*

My stories always merge into novels. I'd loved to have a series featuring Kormac Halvdanson and sell some to a S&S magazine, but it's not going to happen.

Good luck with further stories about your girl.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Gabriele.
Seems right now that my novel is disintegrating into short stories!

Jeff said...

I can't wait to read your story, Bernita.

"The Revelations of Lillie St. Claire."

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jeff.
Dear me, that sounds naughty.

Scott from Oregon said...

"The Clerestory Chronicles Of Lilly St. Clair."

Church Lady said...

Scott's is really nice.
I was going to toss in "Lillie's Lopings"
Perhaps the "L" alliteration makes it sound cartoonish.
I have to get to know Lillie before coming up with anything more...
:-)

writtenwyrdd said...

It sounds very cool, ma'am. Looking forward to reading it.

Bernita said...

That's very clever, Scott!

She hasn't anyone, so far, Chris, and she doesn't gallop...

Thank you, Written.
In case you don't like Lilly, there are lots of stories in the anthology to make up for it.

BuffySquirrel said...

Congrats on the sale :).

(I'm now wondering how to pronounce "sublurbs")

Bernita said...

Thank you, Buffysquirrel.

Very carefully, I should think...