Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The things that amuse me.

Tessa announced that she'd found the autosummarize feature on Word. I didn't know it existed. Now I do, and I may never stop summarizing my books again. I can't stop laughing. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does make writing difficult, particularly if I'm not writing funny scenes.

This is probably one of my favorite ones, though. It comes from an epic gladiator fantasy I work on occasionally. Because it's epic. No, really.

A summary of the first chapter of Strike a Telling Blow, in ten sentences:

The sooner the better, if you ask the men.
No woman is condemned if she can't produce sons. happy, to a loving family.
Though both of us favored Papa, with dark hair and complexions, Matteus got hazel eyes that reminded Mama of her father, in turn.
Papa was well-known throughout the city. The Lirari threw grand parties. Everyone needed masks.
Papa called him the little Emperor.

Or how about the first chapter of my urban fantasy, Immortal Lies:

I've got testing anxiety. I'm not a thin-lipped, pasty-skinned pretty boy type. Violet. If you've never seen a faery have a bad hair day, count your lucky stars. I stared until my good eye started stinging. Powerful magic. "Promise. I smiled a little for her sake. Vi shook her head hard. One silver coil bobbled into her eyes.

I love this so much that I stole it and blogged about it over on The Novelty Girls. The feature is on the Tools menu under "word count". Give it a shot.

Got another great review from Mrs. Giggles today. Fortune's Fool got an 87!


Alice Audrey said...

LOL. I particularly like the one for Immortal Lies.


Maggie Robinson said...

These are all like some bizarre form of poetry...probably even award-winning if the jury had been out for a night on the town. I'm going to have to figure out how to do it so I can play instead of writing those last 9,000 words. :)

Lenora Bell said...

Those are hilarious! Tessa is a genius for discovering this fun new toy.

Ann(ie) said...

I found this on Erica Ridley's blog. My summary was so awful, I hope the book isn't that bad!

Tessa Dare said...

Yes! I've started a craze! Awesome. I've left my mark on the planet now. My epitaph can be an Autosummary.

Congrats on the second rave from Mrs. Giggles!

Ericka Scott said...

congrats on the great Ms. Giggles score!

Aren't these autosummaries a hoot!