Must have answers!

Okay, I’m going great guns again on a manuscript. But!

1) I said a singer was as good as Susan Boyle. I am told she has had her fifteen minutes of fame, and to use someone else. But not to use Streisand or another classic singer. I already said she was better than Britney . . . I need today’s Judy Garland or Aretha Franklin. Celine Dion? Too out-of-date? Anyone? Bueller?

2) Who is a currently dishy guy that everyone knows? I don’t know a single “new” actor. I am hopelessly outdated in saying people look like Keanu Reeves or Cary Grant or even a young John Wayne.

3) Who is a famous Peace Corps-type person? Someone who has gone out into foreign countries and made a difference in ministering to the poor. How about Bono? Mother Teresa seems too religious. Florence Nightingale was too medical. I’m thinking of some celeb who goes out to “feed the poor in the third world” the way Sally Struthers used to before she got fatte and was accused of eating the third world people. *grin* I need some missionary-type person to refer to.

(These pop culture references are KILLER when my pop culture is stranded firmly in the 1960s/70s/80s and even in the 1800s.)

And most vexing:

4) My heroines are teen sisters who have gone to rescue their cousin from an evil crew of sorcerers. Their parents are Yuppie types that are preoccupied with their own lives to the point where they don’t watch the girls TOO closely, but the girls are homeschooled (ha). So! When they leave and don’t come home for dinner, this is going to scare most parents. The mother will start calling their cell phones. They don’t want her to turn them in as runaways or interfere. So . . . would it make sense for them to leave a note saying they are reminding Mom that today is the first day of some kind of camp or activity they supposedly signed up for long ago (and thus Mom has forgotten) and that they’ll see her in a few days . . . and as a backup, they’re going to have a friend of theirs back home check in now and then with the parents to reassure them that he has seen the group they’re with (he is doing a day camp version of this, let’s say)? Okay, then. What kind of camp could it be? A math camp, a horse camp, Girl Scouts, what? I need to come up with something so that the mom can call the girls on the cell and be “reassured” that they are on a trail hike, or about to hit the swimming hole, or whatever. (When they are actually rescuing their cousin by means of magic.)

Anyone with any ideas, please comment! This all needs to make sense. . . .

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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