Thursday, June 25, 2009


Holes, Part One
As in, there are gaping holes of suck in the manuscript for The Tale of Ant and I promised a draft to my agent by Friday. Have I mentioned that my agent is a black belt? Blogging will be sparse until said gaping holes of suck are plugged with some acceptable drivel.

Holes, Part Two
As in the middle of donuts. I am eating them by the bucketful. See Part One.

Holes, Part Three
As in this week's Thursday News of the Absurd Will Someone Please Write This Book Inspirational Moment (TNoftheAWSPWTBIM).

From Yahoo News and the AP (article by Joseph Marks, AP writer):

Dead Sea Peril: Sinkholes Swallow Up the Unwary

"EIN GEDI, Israel – Eli Raz was peering into a narrow hole in the Dead Sea shore when the earth opened up and swallowed him."

For real. He got sucked into a 30-foot-deep pit from out of which it took rescuers 14 hours to dig him. Apparently, these "underground craters can open up in an instant, sucking in whatever lies above and leaving the surrounding area looking like an earthquake zone."

Here's the second craziest part (after the whole THE EARTH FREAKING ATE HIM bit): he's alive. He was conscious the whole time and even wrote his will on a postcard he had with him. So the sand doesn't just swallow you; it takes you somewhere that you can see.

And -- because what's a good story without a biblical reference? -- it's all happening on the exact land that was Sodom and Gomorrah.

So you know where these people are ending up, right? Sodom and Gomorrah. In biblical times.

There's a cheesy message book here in which Earth is eating people and sending them back to simpler times in an aggressive attempt to stop people from destroying her completely (this fits also because the sinkholes are in part a result of water over-use in the region).

You could write that one. OR, you could write me the story of the kids who find the portal and get addicted to the time travel. They keep diving into the sand and acting with wild abandon down there in partyville because it seems so unreal. Every time they get back, not much time has passed. Nothing seems different. But things are different. Insidious things. And the kids are not coming back alone.

Who will write me this book?


Jody said...

P.S. Perhaps your ant is in one of those sinkholes. :) Just a thought.

Amber Lough said...

Oooh #2 is so much better. And creepy. And the thing that comes back with them is called a "woofi" because that's my word verification.

cath c said...

you have good ideas from silly things. i like that. when you're done with ant, this is a good one to persue - lots of excellent adventures, lots of crux.

i also like the running theme of holes sucking here.

Diane T said...

Or, the kids are sucked into the #3 holes because they've been eating too many of the #2 holes....

Nora MacFarlane said...

LOL ... your brain is avoiding your manuscript. Love the time travel idea. Are the kids bringing back prophets of old?

Mary Witzl said...

Whoo -- holes that swallow you? In Sodom and Gomorrah land? I can't imagine what Mr Raz was thinking about as he waited to be rescued: probably wished he'd lived a life of blameless and sin-free life, right down to the tiniest detail.