Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 8/16/11 & She Writes Blogger Ball

Meg Waite Clayton of 1st Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started is doing a She Writer Blogger Ball (#6). A hello out to my fellow She Writers! To introduce myself, I write about writing here and post photos Wednesdays. I try to get out news from the writing world when I have it, such as open contests, grants/scholarships, calls for submissions and helpful sites.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Rachael took a long drag and exhaled with malice out her nostrils. Her brain finished rebooting."

Atomic Lobster by Tim Dorsey, p. 37

Tim Dorsey cracks me up. I have to post the blurb from the book cover:

Why is everyone rushing to flee Tampa on a cruise ship to Hell? Serge is back with a bullet, torn between homicide and souvenirs. So is Coleman, torn between getting hammered and getting more hammered. Then there's good ol' Jim Davenport, the E-Team, the Diaz Brothers, and Johnny Vegas, the Accidental Virgin, cranking up the fevered action as the pot boils over on a street called Lobster Lane.

It's reunion time int he Sunshine State, and we're not just talking the family jamboree of that blood-soaked criminal clan, the McGraws, whose nastiest, meanest member is finally released from prison and heads south bent on revenge. On top of it all, the government is covering up a growing list of mysterious victims across Florida who may or may not be connected to a nefarious plot being hatched against national security.

But wait! There's more on the horizon! Who is the oddly familiar femme fatale named Rachael? Is Serge wrong that guns, drugs, and strippers don't mix? What sets the Non-Confrontationalists off on a rampage? What finally brings Coleman and Lenny together? Will they succeed in building the biggest bong ever? And can Serge surf a rogue wave to victory?

So batten the hatches, don the life jackets, and take cover as all these questions and more are answered in the latest adventure from the acclaimed author of "Hurricane Punch."

Tim Dorsey was at my first writer's conference. He was so hysterical in person that I had to read his books. I'm pretty sure the man has ADHD (so do I, so I say that with no judgment). He's quite random, and his writing reflects his frenetic energy and hilarity. He also takes photos of the audience at each of his conferences and posts them on his website. There's something amusing about an author standing up during his keynote speech, using a digital camera to take multiple photos of the audience. Unfortunately, I could not discern myself in the photos from that night, which is sad, because I desperately wanted that photo of me sitting next to Kelley Armstrong! That'll learn me to not take a camera to the conferences!

May you find your Muse.


  1. Hello! I'm here from She Writes.

    Enjoy Atomic Lobster and have a good week.

  2. I'm fairly certain no one would guess what book I'm reading no matter what I typed from it, so I'll just say:

    Lewis' 'Ecstatic Religion: A Study of Shamanism and Spirit Possession.' It's a core text for a grad class. It's boring as rocks (apologies to rocks) and it's grating in its thinly veiled misogyny. I'm a longtime shamanic student/practitioner, and this text is hailed as THE informant on trance and possession. What it really does is posit that women are more likely to be possessed because they are weaker, and that men who become possessed are empowered and enlightened. Says something about academia.

    Here from SheWrites. Hope all is well!

  3. How fun! Pictures from the Podium. Nice way to keep a record of one's audiences, especially to see who's listening and who's asleep.

    Tossing It Out

  4. LOL, sounds fun

    Here's mine:

  5. He takes photos of his audience? That must have been interesting to see! :)

  6. You sold me - another new author to add to my TBR list!
    Can you also send me a message and/or post on my wall at She Writes more about your A to Z blog hop? I don't want to pollute your comment thread with my questions :)

  7. My absolutely favorite writer EVER. Tim Dorsey cracks me up, and I have fantasies of marrying Serge. That's just wrong, right?

  8. Helen, hello and thank you!

    Kelley, wow, I bristled a bit at that premise! Sounds hypocritical. I guess we should be used to that by now? I hope it doesn't bore you too badly and you get through it.

    Lee, very true. I just want to be in the position to have the option to take photos of an audience hanging on my every word. ;-p

    Valentina, it is fun! I'm going to be sending a friend the link to your snake blog since she desperately wants a pet snake.

    Golden Eagle, he was a kick!

    Shelley, I hope you enjoy his book! I will send you a message here in a bit.

    Julie, haha, maybe a little, but he grows on you, no? I need to get another of his books. He just rocks.

  9. Hopping over from the blog hop. Very interesting blog you have here! Love the report on Tim Dorsey. Come visit me at www.marciameier.com. I also write about writing and publishing.