Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dust It Off Bloghop - Day 1

Welcome to the first day of the Dust It Off Bloghop hosted by two wonderful women, Cortney Pearson and Theresa Paolo. This bloghop encourages you to take a shelved manuscript, dust it off, and rediscover some of the treasures forgotten inside. Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it?

There are three parts to this bloghop:
Day 1 (today) - Post a 1-2 sentence pitch.
Day 2 (May 5th) - Post a 300-350 word excerpt.
Day 3 (May 7th) - Post what you learned from this manuscript.

To make this bloghop even sweeter, there are prizes for each day. Yay!

I have quite a few shelved manuscripts. Ten of them, actually. Hey, I consider them practice! I'm going to go with my 2005 NaNoWriMo winning novel, Toe-suckers. Yes, the title is horrible, and it's not what you're thinking at all. It's a sci-fi dystopian romance. It might have potential if it weren't so... weird? It's not main stream, and it would take all the charm away from it if I tried to make it so. Yet I adore my odd little child.

Here's my pitch:
Earth has been bought by economically savvy aliens, and humans are forced to either work themselves to death or become designer pets. Zegg steals human artifacts from right under the aliens' toes, but his world collapses when one of their pets steals his heart.

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  1. Honestly, after your A-Z posts, I'd pretty much read anything you write! I like your pitch a lot!

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    1. Thanks! I was only hoping people would have a giggle and that would be enough for me, but you like it! :)

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  2. oh that sounds good! The title would make me stop and read the back of the book if i saw that in the store!

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    1. Thank you! What if it had giant green alien "toes" on the cover? *LOL*

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  3. i love a quirky sci fi! and i wonder if i have the chops to do nano... love it!

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    1. I think you'd do great with NaNo. It's so much fun. I even managed to do it with a toddler last year!

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  4. The title would definitely grab my attention. Humans as designer pets, not that's interesting.

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    1. Thanks! I'm surprised so many people are liking the concept.

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  5. Different is always good. Yeah, title is different too. =)

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    1. Thanks! Some people flee from anything too different, but it's nice to see some people liking the concept.

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  6. What a cool and wacky pitch. I like it!

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  7. Nice, I like the sound of this, I'd definitely look into a book with that blurb on it.

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  8. Ooo, very intriguing, and the title made me laugh. :D

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    1. The giggles were what I was hoping for! :)

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  9. Oh, I love weird. I would definitely read this. Have you considered self-publishing it?

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    1. I've only recently decided I want to self-publish some stuff, and if it goes well with the projects I'm working on, I would consider it with this novel. I don't think there's a publisher out there that would take a chance on it since it's too far off the main stream.

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  10. This sounds utterly awesome. I'd love to know more about it.

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    1. Thanks! Well, stay tuned for the next two parts of the bloghop and you will find out more. :)

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  11. It's definitely attention-grabbing. And the title? Man, that one's unique.

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    1. Thank you! I just hope unique in a good way.

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  12. Ooh, that sounds interesting. Would definitely love to read it. *hint hint*

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    1. Thank you! And that wasn't subtle at all. *LOL*

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  13. That is definitely original. Nice pitch.

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  14. It's such an awesome premise. Weird, but awesome!

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    1. Thank you. One of the few that you haven't read yet. If the self-publishing goes well, maybe it will be more than a dusty old manuscript!

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  15. you are so gosh darn talented--:)

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  16. Okay, this sounds totally awesome! Weird, yes, but that's good. It's so unique!

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    1. Thank you! And welcome to my blog. :)

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  17. I like this! Even the title :) Don't give up on it just cuz it's weird. Weird can be very, very good :)

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    1. Thank you. I like weird myself, but sometimes it's tricky to find an audience.

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  18. Yes this sounds weird, and the title is a bit odd, but that is what makes me want to read it. I can honestly say I haven't read anything like this but I want to.

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  19. I think it's fabulous! Time to pull this one off the shelf, eh? ;)

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    1. Thanks! With everyone's reaction to it so far, I think I might have to do so. :)

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  20. That is intriguing! Now I want to know why it's called Toe Suckers!

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    1. Thank you! The answer will be revealed later in the bloghop. ;)

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  21. It reminds me of one of those awesome 70's sci fi books I used to devour as a teen. Love the pitch!

    Andrea

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  22. Oh my, this definitely sounds quirky and fun. I think it's a fascinating concept.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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  23. I love the idea of us becoming designer pets. You really should polish that up. :) I'd read it.

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    1. Thank you! Nice to know I'll already have people eager to read it. :)

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  24. Designer pets! What a great concept. And weird, yes please! The weirder the better because it makes it unique and unlike anything I have ever read. It's not generic and I am so intrigued especially with the romance aspect. Always been a sucker for romances :)

    And I just have to say I have seven shelved WIP's and sometimes it can be discouraging but it's also a reminder of how far you have come. Though, none of my sheleved WIP's are anywhere near as clever and interesting as this one.

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    1. Thanks! I'm a sucker for romance in a great story too. Wow, you're like me with many shelved ones. And it is amazing how far we come as writers.

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  25. Hmm, I might regret admitting to this, but your premise reminds me a lot of Ai No Kusabi if it was from the POV of the pet rather than the alien. It's a Japanese Yaoi from the 90's or so.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I've never heard of that and now I have to check it out.

      Just googled it! It's not the same since the aliens in my novel are actually really interested in humans as pets like dogs rather than any other intentions. ;)

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  26. I'd read this. :) It sounds like an interesting, unique story!

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  27. Gosh, this sounds great! So different and so intriguing!

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  28. Ha, your idea would be great scifi short story!

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    1. Thanks! I might consider making it a short story.

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  29. Great pitch. I always love the unusual :)

    I'm sorry I missed this blog hop.

    ........dhole

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    1. Thank you and no worries. Sometimes I'm lucky if I can remember the day of the week!

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  30. As soon as I saw Aliens, I knew this would be my kind of story! Great pitch!

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  31. Oh, my goodness! The pitch sounds awesome. :D Very unique--and the title cracked me up. :D

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    1. Thanks! It does sound quite silly and produces all the wrong images! *LOL*

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  32. Hey it sounds really cute! What a great idea for a bloghop I've got a few mss in my drawers as well. :)

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    1. Thanks! My problem was deciding which one of my dusty old manuscripts to use for this bloghop. *LOL*

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  33. Ha! I love the title! And it's a great pitch. Maybe you should send some of these dusty manuscripts off?

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    1. Thank you! I'm considering it. I have a nice stack of them ready for it! :)

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  34. The title has me rolling, but the pitch... so many awesome elements. Fantastic job.

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  35. What a cool premise... I like it:)

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