Shannon Stacey

There once was a blurb…

Writing blurbs is excruciating for me. I labored extensively over one the other day only to be told (correctly, of course) that it was a synopsis, not a blurb. (I’m trying to work on my that addiction. It’s more difficult to battle than my comma addiction and less difficult than my struggle to only put one space after a period and not two.)

So anyway. I can hear everybody thinking “If you want to learn to write blurbs, study the back cover copies on your nearest pile of books.” I’ve tried that it. My brain isn’t wired that that way. (Can’t replace that one.)

So I’m going to write all my blurbs in rhyming form from now on. Yup. I’ll start with Twice Upon A Roadtrip:

Once a couple got stuck on a bus
And got left when she kicked up a fuss
While on that roadtrip
His wick he did dip
Is it love or is it just lust?

I’ll have to think of one for Forever Again. It’s not a comedy, so it may lend itself to some other poetic form. Which sucks, because I can only do limericks and haiku, and my haiku is really bad. Worse than the limericks, even.

So let’s see your blurb in limerick or haiku form! Come! Join me in my bizarre procrastination activities. You know you want to…

19 comments to “There once was a blurb…”

  1. Anna Lucia
      · November 9th, 2005 at 3:53 am · Link

    Spy Alan was happy as larry
    When he found a young tourist called Mari
    She got lost in the sand
    But the spy was at hand
    And now his sweet Mari he’ll Marry

    Can I tell you the story of Kier?
    It’s not as it may first appear
    He’s not the real bad guy
    Though living a sad lie
    Until he tried loving, not fear


  2. Ann Wesley Hardin
      · November 9th, 2005 at 6:42 am · Link

    So Jack wants to do it with Kira
    but his promise to not he holds dearer.
    Then one day on high seas
    to hot sex he agrees
    and his love for her gets mighty clearer.


  3. Ann Wesley Hardin
      · November 9th, 2005 at 6:59 am · Link

    Coop has a problem complex.
    Lea just wants him for sex!
    Her hand is his goal,
    that, and sex with fruit rolls,
    And in Coop Lea finds her Rx.

    :lmao: I’m killin’ myself here.

  4. Mel
      · November 9th, 2005 at 10:02 am · Link

    you guys are nuts. Hilariously good, but okay…. :rofl:

    I tried, no way this tired brain will handle it, but I bet one brain cell hangs on to the idea (I will not BE defeated!!!!) and I’ll be back….

  5. Shannon
      · November 9th, 2005 at 10:23 am · Link


    More more more!

    {Note to editor(s): I’m working. Really.}

    Mel, you can do it!


  6. Ann Wesley Hardin
      · November 9th, 2005 at 11:03 am · Link

    Miss Behavior is all about work
    ’til a pilot her sex drive doth perk.
    When they’re stranded in snow
    and they’re parts they do blow
    Miss Behavior for sex goes berserk.


    PS to editors: pwease wet us submit this way. Pwease!

  7. Diana
      · November 9th, 2005 at 1:04 pm · Link

    :thumb: Dude, I think you should. Would certainly shake things up at the old editorial cubicle.

    Okay, here goes:

    This chick at an Ivy League school
    joins a secret society most cool,
    All-boy rule she does flout
    The alums want her out
    Until she fights for a modern self-rule.

  8. Jaci Burton
      · November 9th, 2005 at 4:15 pm · Link

    A Christmas list no one should see
    Is picked up by the man of her dreams
    It’s kinky and perverted
    And Santa’s alerted
    A lot of whoa ho ho’ing there’ll be!


    These are oh so much fun to read. Keep going!

  9. Charlene
      · November 9th, 2005 at 5:35 pm · Link

    There once was a werewolf named Lou
    Who though that revenge was her due
    Then she met Dylan
    and found herself willin’
    To get revenge and her man, too.


    Veronica wanted a man
    Her cat had an opposite plan
    So she looked for a fling
    But Scott wanted a ring
    Instead of a one night stand.


    Lorelei let a strange piece of jewelery
    Throw her into time-travel foolery
    Now she’s dealing with Vikings
    And rhinegoldian arm rings
    And falling for Erik’s love slavery

    Hey, ED, can I use THAT for my blurb? Can I, huh, can I? :rofl:

  10. Ann Wesley Hardin
      · November 9th, 2005 at 5:02 pm · Link

    :lmao::lmao::lmao: @ ho ho’ing

  11. Mel
      · November 9th, 2005 at 6:35 pm · Link

    A Nascar racer did hate
    that the media dictated his fate
    When in love he did fall
    He lied about it all
    And made the poor girl irate.

    and for the Christmas story….

    A dream brought led her to the lake
    And to the cabin, the hero did take
    She believed in the dream
    But after, it seemed
    That her imagination had created a fake.

    not so very funny, but, *shrug*

  12. Ann Wesley Hardin
      · November 9th, 2005 at 6:49 pm · Link

    It amazes me how easy it is to use this method to boil our stories down to a couple of lines. Miss Shannon, I think you’ve struck gold here. From now on I’m going to Limerick all my stories before attempting a blurb. Just snowflake a little from there.

  13. Charlene T
      · November 9th, 2005 at 8:43 pm · Link

    My limericks weren’t that dirty! How come they have to be moderated? :cry:

  14. Shannon
      · November 9th, 2005 at 8:45 pm · Link


    These are awesome! And why is it they come so much more easily in this format.

    I’m going to write a “How to Write Romance Using the Limerick Method for Poetic Dummies” book. :nod:

    Hmmm…the one I’m working on right now for EC…

    There once was a chick from deep space
    Her people a nonsexual race
    She came down to Earth
    Then hopped into his berth
    And learned ’bout desires most base


  15. Anna Lucia
      · November 10th, 2005 at 3:36 am · Link


    Poor Emily was constantly scared
    Tristan stole her, and saw how she fared
    A threat from the past
    Gave Tristan the chance
    To convince her of how much he cared


    A castle, a pub and tequila
    Tells the story of Hal and his ‘sheila’
    Rachel’s bent on destruction
    Hal’s pride causes ructions
    Till he gives in to the craving to feel ‘er

    That’s better….

  16. Jaci Burton
      · November 10th, 2005 at 8:55 am · Link

    I definitely think you’re onto something here, Shan….:woot:

  17. Shannon
      · November 10th, 2005 at 11:29 am · Link

    Crap, Charli! I had no idea you got moderated. It’s up now. And damn brilliant, I must say.

  18. Karen Templeton
      · November 10th, 2005 at 1:52 pm · Link

    Like I don’t have anything else to do. Like, you know, :type:

    Anyway, this is for MARRIAGE, INTERRUPTED.

    There once was a widow named Cass
    In debt way beyond her cute ass.
    Now her ex doth pursue her —
    And not just to screw her —
    But to once again make her his lass.


  19. Ann Wesley Hardin
      · November 11th, 2005 at 7:23 am · Link


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