Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Guest Blogger: Becky Povich

First, thank you Carol for having me as a guest blogger. I truly appreciate your kindness, and a big hello to all readers

I’m thrilled to be sitting under the Tiki Hut enjoying the glorious view in front of me: The soothing ebb and flow of the ocean’s waves, just strong enough to produce small amounts of frothy water rolling up onto the beach. Above it a royal blue sky with barely a cotton-ball cloud and the salty air tickles my fancy. It’s so visually stunning that even in 98 degree weather I feel goose-bumps up and down my tan arms.

Carol, the hostess with the mostess, suggested I bring along my laptop, knowing my creative muse would surely kick in after I arrived. She knows her stuff and never fails to impress me.

But first, I order a peach iced tea, made with fresh peaches just flown in from Georgia, poured over a tall glass of crushed ice. And for a little brain food, I choose tropical trail mix.

Ahhhh, I could live here the rest of my life.

I know why I’m here, though: To Write! I’m in the minority of Carol’s visitors this summer. I have not completed my book yet: my memoir. It haunts me but in a bittersweet sense. I want to write it. I want to finish it. I’m not afraid to do it. I’ve been talking about it for more years than I care to admit. I have a confession. I have difficulty focusing. What? I’m not the only one? Sheesh, I sure feel better!

I’m still working on the title for my memoir. One idea is:
Blame it on the Crowbar
Would that make you want to pick up the book and check it out? The crowbar explanation is in the first chapter.

Bye for now. I have my laptop at hand, and sense scathingly brilliant words ready to emerge.

You can learn more about Becky by visiting her blog: www.beckypovich.blogspot.com.

 She also loves to receive e-mails: Writergal53(at)gmail(dot)com

44 comments:

Laura Eno said...

That is an awesome title!

Linda G. said...

I would definitely pick up a book titled Blame it on the Crowbar -- it really piques my curiosity.

Best of luck! And remember, luck tends to happen to people who keep on working, so keep writing! :)

Janet, said...

I also like Blame in on the Crowbar. It get's you to wondering. I'm writing a family history and as of this moment the title is 'We'll Set the Coffeepot on it.' :o)

BECKY said...

Hi Laura, Linda, and Janet! Thanks so much for stopping & commenting.I'm thrilled to see that all three of you like my potential title! Wow. 3 out of 3. I'm batting 1,000 at the moment!
Seriously, I really appreciate all your kind and encouraging words. If you have a moment, please check my blog, too.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Sounds like a title that makes readers want to find out more!

And...peach tea. Mmm!

Linda Kage said...

I love that title, Becky. Good luck with the rest of your memoirs. Maybe the tiki hut will replenish you, body and soul, and get you inspired to write, write, write!

Nice to meet you.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Peach iced tea with fresh peaches from Georgia? Wow. Does it get any better than that? : )

And, Blame it on the Crowbar definitely makes me want to read on. : )

BECKY said...

Hello Elizabeth/Riley, Linda, and Cynthia! Thank you for taking the time to comment. I so appreciate it! And wow...three more gals love the title! You don't know how much that means to me. I'm already getting my muse (and my mojo) back! Thank you, thank you! :)

Clarissa Draper said...

Not finishing a book haunts me too. I love the title. Thanks for letting us know you better.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd certainly wonder about the crowbar!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Becky,

What a great post ... I can just picture you there on the beach with a yummy ice tea. I love the title ... it is a bit different than before.

Carol, I really enjoy your blog, and I see several of my friends on here! I am your newest follower.

Also, we will be in San Antonio in January to watch our grandson play as QB in the Army All American game. We were there in 2010 and loved it a lot.

Take care,

Kathy M.

L.G.Smith said...

Blame what on the crowbar?

See, it's working already. :)

M Pax said...

I think it's a great title, Becky.

Focusing is tough some days.

BECKY said...

Hello Clarissa, Alex, Kathy M., L.G., and M Pax! I am just bubbling over with happiness (does that make any sense?!)because of all your comments. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop and leave encouragement...AND so thrilled you like my title!! :D

Medeia Sharif said...

Yes, you're not the only one.

Great title.

Arlee Bird said...

Your description makes me want to go to the Tiki Hut and never leave.
And yes, now I'm intrigued by the meaning of the Crowbar. I'll be over to your blog to check it out.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Lydia K said...

Awesome title. Hi Becky! *waves*

BECKY said...

Hi Medeia, Arlee, and Lydia! Thank you very much for stopping by the Tiki Hut! I've been having a great time here! Thanks, too, for all the kind words and glad y'all like my title! Waves back to ya, Lydia!

LR said...

Good luck with your memoir! Title is cool.

You're definitely not the only person who has trouble focusing. :)

Isis Rushdan said...

Love your pic and the title! Yes, it would make me stop and pick up the book.

Nice to meet you.

Ciara said...

Great title. I'd have to pick it up and see what was blamed on the crowbar. :)

Talli Roland said...

I love the title! And fresh peaches from Georgia... yum!

BECKY said...

Hey LR, Isis, Ciara, and Talli! Thank you SO much! I am truly honored and amazed by all the wonderful comments I've received. And not one person didn't like the book title! Wow! I think I'm speechless....and that doesn't happen very often! :D

BECKY said...

Thanks again to Carol for having me visit the Shangri-La of Under the Tiki Hut! I had a wonderful time and met such fabulous new friends!

Julie said...

Hi Becky! Love the title. That would definitely catch my eye at the book store and I'd be picking up your book. :) Great post, and the picture made me smile!

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm glad you're having fun here, Becky - that's what the Tiki Hut is all about :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Its great to meet you Becky! Cool title for a book. I'd at least pick it up and read the synopsis on the back if I saw it in a book store.

Harvee said...

Becky: I have a plan to write a memoir too but then I keep reading, and blogging, and...

Misha said...

Intriguing title!

I struggle with picking titles too, so I tend to leave them until I have a firm hold on the complete first draft.

:-)

Jenny said...

Titles are so difficult, but this one sounds intriquing...I would definitely pick it up to see what it's about, Becky!

Enjoy your lovely beach day! It sounds fabulous.

BECKY said...

Wow! More great comments!Thanks to Julie, Carol(the hostess with the mostess), Stephen, Harvee, Misha, and Jenny! Just knowing my title intrigues y'all, makes me want to get right back into writing! Thanks!!

BECKY said...

Hi everyone! I'll stop by tomorrow to see if there's any more new comments. Thanks again to everyone, for all your kindness and encouragement! It's been great fun!

Carol Kilgore said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and commenting.

Becky, you've been a perfect hostess here at the Tiki Hut. Thanks for guest blogging with us.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Oh, definitely an intriguing title! I would definitely pick it up and seek out why the crowbar was to blame, and for what.

BECKY said...

Thanks again, Carol. I had a blast!

And thank you, Shannon! That's great to hear...uh, I mean read!

Maryann Miller said...

I love that title and it would make me pick up the book. I just finished my memoir and while it was a WIP, I called it A Dead Tomato Plant and a Paycheck. I thought I would keep that title until I came up with a better one, but after a while I realized it was the title I needed to use.

I think if a memoir is going to have humor, the title should reflect that. I suspect yours does.

BECKY said...

Hi Maryann! Thanks so much! I love your memoir title, too! And yes, mine has both humor and sadness in it. I focus more on the humorous, though, as I've learned to do about life in general! :)

Daisy said...

Sounds like an intriguing title to me. Some peach tea would hit the spot right about now too. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

I don't think I've ever had peach tea, but it sounds good.

Ann Best said...

Blame it on the Crowbar. Love it! Oh, how terrible I am with titles. Do I ever think of anything this clever? No!!

I love Becky. What a great sense of humor she has. So glad you hosted, her, Carol.

And, Becky, I too have a confession. I'm having difficulty focusing on getting a new post written. It's been TWO weeks, the longest I've ever gone. Help me, Becky, help help me, Becky--oops, no that's the Beach Boys, subject of my two weeks ago post!)
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

Carol Kilgore said...

Ann - You're too funny!

BECKY said...

Hi Daisy. Glad you think the title is intriguing. And peach tea?? Well, now that our temps have dropped 30 DEGREES in ONE day, I'm having some hot, flavored coffee...yum!

BECKY said...

Hi Carol! Oooh, peach tea is awesome!! ....in hot weather! :)

BECKY said...

Hi Ann! Well, gosh, thank you so much! I had no idea you loved me and my sense of humor! Thanks!! So glad you like my memoir title, too. And talk about funny....you and the Beach Boys rendition! LOL!