Monday, May 16, 2011

Laughter is the Best Medicine Blogfest

 This is a part of Laughter is the Best Medicine  Blogfest hosted by Lydia  at The Word is my Oyster and Leigh T Moore at That’s Write. The best jokes emerge when we laugh at ourselves.

My Blog Fest entry is a  conversation between my eight year old protagonist Rohit and the Tooth Fairy Catherine. Both, Rohit and Catherine  featured in  a book I had written 14 years back. The book was sent to just one publisher who fainted seeing its length. At 55,000 words it was way too big for the target readers.

Read on to know  more about what Rohit and Catherine think of me.

          ‘I feel bad that children will never hear about your  story,’ Catherine turned to Rohit.

          ‘That silly girl Rachna, really messed up my story,’ Rohit grimaced. ‘The book sucked.’

            ‘I thought  she had worked hard,’ Catherine twirled her wand.

            ‘She wrote my story in 13  days. There was no brainstorming session, no plot outline, no character chart. Rachna just cut me out from a sheet of cardboard and pasted me into the story. My character was flat and one dimensional,’ Rohit shook his head.

              ‘She was young  and silly then,’ Cathy laughed. ‘She  put  more effort while working on me, forgetting that you were the protagonist.’

             ‘Yep,’ Rohit said. ‘Her stupid book had no antagonist, there was no sign of a conflict, no tension, no plot. The book was  full of clichés, the writing style sucked, it was an inflated story about a modern day fairyland. If I had written my own story, I  am sure  it would have been published.’

                 ‘Children nowadays don’t believe in fairies  or  fairyland. Perhaps witches or vampires would have done the trick,’ Catherine said wisely. ‘Maybe, her muse was on an extended holiday when she wrote about you.’

                 ‘When I see Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, Percy Jackson, Billy Bones, I feel jealous. I could have been famous, if that girl had worked hard on me,’ Rohit grumbled. 

                 ‘ I have heard  Rachna has plans of reviving that particular project,’ Catherine whispered.

                   Rohit shivered. ‘ I don’t want to become a laughing stock in the literary world. Do me a favour,’ Rohit pleaded with Catherine ‘make her forget about me; a few spells should do the trick. Just zap her mind or whatever it’s that you fairies do. I can live with jealousy, but not with  the criticism  she is sure to get if my story ever comes out.’

Hope you enjoyed my entry. I  am looking forward to reading all  the other entries.

42 comments:

  1. Hahahaha....nice conversation between your characters. They made me laugh. Rohit is very unhappy with you. :)

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  2. I wish I would have gotten in on this one. Sounds like fun. You know how I love funny. ;-)

    Your first book sounds like my first book. Really enjoyed reading. Very creative, Rachna. Clever, really clever.

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  3. Those clever little guys! Your book sounds totally worth reading!

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  4. Rachna, don't listen to Rohit. Revive the book, now that you know what to do with it. He'll thank you for it, I'm sure! :-)

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  5. Ha ha ha nice Conversation.....The spell didn't work :P. Everyone is reading about him, Rohit must be annoyed :).

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  6. I think we've all written that book before. The cardboard character. The conflictless plot. Glad to see you can laugh at yourself :)

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  7. New follower here.

    Nice ta meet ya!

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  8. New here as well and what delightful little humor!

    Thanks!

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  9. It's so funny because it's exactly how I was when I began.

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  10. haha:) i can live with jealousy over criticism, too, and that's for sure:)
    nice to meecha:)

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  11. Yep, very funny because it hits too close to home ha ha ;)

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  12. Haha...this is all too familiar for me. But don't listen to Rohit! You are so far from where you began :)

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  13. It's been fun to see what differing posts there are for this fest. Thanks for sharing yours, Rachna!

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  14. LOL! Fairies rock - as long as they're dangerous too! ;)

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  15. I wonder if any of my characters wish they could zap my memories and make me forget? This was very cute! Thanks for sharing!!

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  16. Come join me in revision ... purgatory. It's lovely here and things come out shiny and new and improved. :D I enjoyed reading your post.

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  17. How clever! I love reading how the characters feel about themselves, way cool :)

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  18. Eek. Scary and funny fairies! Nice little joke. Very clever. Thanks for the laughs. :)

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  19. Poor Rohit. Well he is getting his 15 mins of fame now isnt he? Good one!

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  20. Ahhh.. I loved it :) Don't let that Rohit bully you!

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  21. YES THEY do still believe in fairies. :)New follower

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  22. Note to Rohit:

    The first novel, the practice novel, is the most treasured novel an author can write. The characters live on in every aspect of the "new thing" until the original story, and eventually the original character, complete with name and characterization, is eventually realized.

    You want to grow Rohit. You want to become. And, children do still believe in fairies. Yes, and so do adults. Now, if you really need a place to play and explore your potential (nope, not spam; honestly) you and Catherine need to tell your author to visit http://comeincharacter.blogspot.com/
    You may all discover new inspiration for your story.

    Rachna: We all have our firsts; and yes, they entertain us later. Oh the horror stories I could tell you about my first submissions; you'd laugh until you snorted.

    I loved your story; and your characters.

    .........dhole

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  23. Love the conversation Rachna. Rohit sounds like a great character. Very well written.
    -Kim

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  24. Hi friends...I am enjoying reading all the comments and all the funny posts. Its very difficult to come across writer jokes. I loved the ones I read :)

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  25. Very funny! Scary what our characters must be thinking.

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  26. thank you for stopping by...I am excited to follow you!

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  27. Yes, funny n interesting. Watch out for Cathy's spell!

    Tx for going by my blog :)

    Nice to meet you!

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  28. LOL! Boy aren't they harsh?? Our characters are so alive. I love this!!! =)

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  29. Rachna, I love this dialogue, and I love the pretext of it. Very clever and very funny. Laughter is, indeed, the best medicine :-)

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  30. I loved this! I have found your blog courtesy of MrB (aka Tony Benson) I love how our characters can gang up on us! Very funny.

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  31. How cute! You know, they are always looking for new fantasy/paranormal stuff, so the tooth fairy could be it!

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  32. I love this! How funny to imagine the characters talking to each other like this. Love it~

    And thanks for playing!!! :o)

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  33. Hi Rachna! That was a cute dialogue with your characters. My characters make fun of me sometimes, so I feel for ya! ;)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog btw. ;)

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  34. Don't feel bad. Nobody knows Bompsy Carleffa either. :(

    Joyce
    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  35. Rachna, what a great entry! Good job :D

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  36. This is adorable! :-) Have fun reviving the story.

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  37. nice conversational story

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  38. Hooray for you, Rachna!!! I love that you are stepping out and showing us your characters!

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  39. Oh the reminders of those very first attempts at fiction :-). I can't believe how much I've improved since the first fictions words I put to paper. After the first horrific realization that our work isn't all that we thought, it DOES get easier to look back at it and laugh. We had to start somewhere, right? I enjoyed your humorous post! Sorry I've been so silent. Busy with freelance work, which is good and bad (income, but time away from WIP). Thanks for using my photos! I've perused your posts, even though I haven't commented.

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  40. This is so funny Rachna.. you get the chatter :).. You get what happens when a character thinks they are smarter than you.. :) They forget that you created them. I will send you the art synopsis picture soon. Very wonderful job.. Thank you for sharing this.. OOw if you only knew what my mannequin has to say about me.. Thank goodness she is mute LOL..
    sytiva

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