Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Last Meme - A Partial

Card Players,
Pieter de Hooch (c. 1632-1681)
Buck House collection.

Though I'm sure I never slighted Whirlochre -- an otherwise charming and clever person and quite brilliant talent -- I have been tagged for a meme.

Chris, similarily indicted, provides an icon for those who wish hitherto to be meme free.

So, from memory, my last word:

Five place I have lived:

The backwoods ( surrounded by fierce animals), the big city (surrounded by fierce animals), a small town, in residence, ( surrounded by drunk animals) cut off by flood water while about to deliver my first child.

Five jobs I have held:

Restaurant cook, two-bit actress, library help, English teacher ( surrounded by drunk animals), forensic consultant -- some held current w/ CEO of MommyCorp.

What Was I Doing Ten Years Ago?

Cleaning up from the Ice Storm of '98 in the hours left from visiting my husband in Intensive Care.

What Would You Do If You Were A Billionaire?

Give each one of you $100,000.

Pat is holding a Tribute to Miss Snark Dear on the anniversary of that Dark Day when, despite our anguished cries of abandoment and loss, she folded her tents and slipped away.

And Nathan Bransford is holding a Dialogue Contest. It closes today. He already has over 400 entries last I looked.

I entered. I don't know why.

Quite apart from the obvious superiority of most other entries, my chief asshole and villain is named Nathan. No devious insult intended to the nice man; but, as they keep telling us, publishing is a subjective business.


James Goodman, Author said...

lol, I don't think Nathan will hold it against you. :D

Ah, I wonder if Miss Snark will ever return. I really enjoyed her wit.

Great meme, btw. :D

Bernita said...

Thank you, James.
He's not particularly interested in my genre anyway, so he's not on my list to query.
Have you seen Query Shark?

James Goodman, Author said...

No I sure haven't, Bernita. I'll have to check it out. :D

laughingwolf said...

another few glimpses into what makes up bernita harris, thank you :)

BernardL said...

You've been around the block... a couple times. :)

' chief asshole and villain is named Nathan' I wish I'd thought of that.

Ric said...

I do miss Miss Snark. In her absence, however, Bernita has moved to the first place I visit each morning.
Usually less snarky, doesn't go on and on about George, and doesn't own a poodle. What more could one ask?

Bernita said...

James, you might find the style somewhat...ah...familiar...

Of dubious interest, Laughingwolf. Why I don't care to do memes.

"You've been around the block... a couple times."
I suspect most people have, Bernard.

Bernita said...

We met there, didn't we, Ric!
Nope. I own a LARGE German Shepherd and a mostly corgi. Mobile intruder alerts.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I liked your entry.

I figured you changed the name for the contest. :) Nathan is a particularly evil type. In my series the "bad" father type is named Nathanial.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Oh and btw, Miss Snark payed a visit to the festival in her honor.

jason evans said...

Chief Asshole.

Loved that!

Bernita said...

Thank you, SS.
No, I'd named him Nathan before I discovered Nathan Bransford's blog.

Saw that. Ah, those days of fierce delight.

Bernita said...

Such an encompassing word, Jason!

Robyn said...

Why do first babies always come with a horror story?

Bernita said...

But it wasn't, Robyn.
The water went down just in time.
I was miffed. I wanted that helocopter ride.

ChrisEldin said...

I didn't want to enter.

I really didn't.

But there's always a compulsion..... The copy and paste feature is simply too easy.

I loved your entry, btw! But always think of the name "Nathan" as a good guy, don't know why.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, I entered at Nathan's a couple of times and didn't have much luck. He's looking for a different vibe.

I don't believe you were a two-bit anything. I imagine you were an amazing actress.

Dave F. said...

I put in an entry to Nathan's contest. It's now at 489 comments which is at least 450 entries. I suspect by the close it will be over 500 entries. It's a slim chance of being noticed and recognized.

The best thing about it is that it forced me to really examine the entry and make sure it was what I wanted, punctuated properly and had no obvious foot-in-mouth boo boos.

Bernita said...

You too, Chris?
I never notice names in these things, now I must go check yours out.
Thank you. Obviously to me it doesn't.

His vibe leans toward the literary/introspective, I suspect, Charles. Not so much action.We do action.

"The best thing about it is that it forced me to really examine the entry and make sure it was what I wanted, punctuated properly and had no obvious foot-in-mouth boo boos."
There is that, Dave, and one of the reasons I like posting snippits. The immediate knowledge of other eyes seems to increase one's focus remarkably.
I shall go look for yours too.

raine said...

I entered. I don't know why.

Because you're a fine word artist, and your work deserves consideration. And a free critique never hurt anyone. ;)

LOL at the villainous Nathan.

Bernita said...

Raine, thank you.
I think it's merely masochism.
There are over 500 entries and going strong.

Dave F. said...

I went and read your post on Nathan B's Blog and it is really spooky. That's the scary part of the story, you say...

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Good luck to all of those who entered the contest. I think I'll pass this time.
Miss Snark is irreplacable but some blogs like this are certainly a good substitute for the gap she left in our lives.

lester A. frack said...

if you was to have all at $100,000 an give me sum of it id git me a brand new pare of mules . wite ones if i culd find em .
if you did cookin in a cafe like you said i spect you culd whup me up sum biscuts an gravie in no time atall.

Bernita said...

You waded through those entries to read mine? Thank you, Dave!
Don't know how scary - lots of ghosts in the story.

Suzanne, you're wise.
Nathan's good. So is EE and BookEnds and PubRants.

Lester, if I had it to give away, I'd be happy to buy you a matched pair of mules!
Yep! In no time at all!

Bernita said...

I just skimmed through the first 200 or so looking at the names this time.
Dave, you have the most marvellous imagination. Metalcrack!
Raine, you know I love that story.
Chris, Wink, the devious mouse. You're a genius at animal names. I remember Doorstop the dog - which is about as perfect as it gets.

Lisa said...

I would definitely love to hear more about your stint as a "two-bit actress". I'll bet you were fabulous.

Whirlochre said...

Two-bit actress stories are always fun. I once performed Shakespeare to American tourists in a pair of stripey pyjamas — I was no actress, but it was two-bit as they come.

Bernita said...

Lisa, I assure you - entirely mediocre.

That sounds avant guarde, Whirl!

SzélsőFa said...

I will head on to read your entry, Bernita!
And your meme was interesting (as usual).
It's the thing with memes: they are hard to write, but a pleasure to read.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Szelsofa.
I think memes have lost their novelty.

StarvingWriteNow said...

Aww, you'd give me $100,000? Thanks!

Funny, you write that it's the Last Meme--you know that now someone is going to meme you again!

Bernita said...

I certainly would, WriteNow. Truly.

Flattering as it may be to be named for a meme,I plan to politely decline.

Scott said...

I was just thinking I wanted to enter a contest, but I'm a day too late. Oh well. 600 entries is unheard of!

Nice twist on this meme that I have been seeing a lot of lately.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Scott.