Penitent Sister

Hill-coverAfter yesterday’s post, I laughed and laughed because that was a fun post to write! I told my Beloved, I don’t care if anybody else enjoys the post, I had fun writing it!

But suddenly, in the midst of my laughter, it occurred to me the joke actually might end up being on me! There’s sort of an unwritten rule about lampooning … if the object one uses hasn’t earned iconic status, the joke almost always falls flat.

In my case, I got to thinking about the news reports I’ve been reading that indicate Hillary Clinton’s recent book release isn’t getting the numbers (in sales) that everyone hoped. Uh-oh!

One headline reads:  No one is reading “Hard Choices,” either. The article beneath the headline notes people may purchase but fail to complete the tome. Using a metric that gauges how far into a book readers progress before setting the book aside, Amazon rates Hard Choices as averaging a dismal 2.04%. That’s about 33 pages through this volume of 657 pages!

Another headline says:  Execs on notice after Hillary’s book sales tank. Let me quickly point out that “tank” is a relative term. It would probably be kinder to say the book has not performed as publishers and booksellers had hoped, but its fourth-place standing on the Nielsen book-scan list is hardly the tank.

However, as I began to think about whether or not the book (cover art shown above) has yet to earn “iconic status” – as in immediately recognizable by almost everyone who sees it – I’m not comfortable believing the book has yet reached that pinnacle. Hence, my need to admit the joke’s probably on me, because few may have understood my silly effort was meant to lampoon! Silly me!

Egg on my face, yep. But did that stop me? What do you think?

When I considered the initial post, I had several ideas in mind. Bard Choices was a natural for me. But there were others as well. And I now have follow-up book proposals when (at some future date unknown to me) I speak to a publisher.

Here’s your because-you-read-my-blog exclusive sneak peak of the volumes (in alphabetical order) that will follow Bard Choices.


My first follow-up to Bard Choices is Card Choices. In a previous post, I mentioned how the summer poker match with out-of-town relatives was bypassed (by me and my daughter-in-law) in favor of a chick flick. This volume will be my penance. I’m actually an okay card player, but I get impatient when the games go long and I’m bored. Especially in a game of Texas Hold ‘Em, I hate not bidding on every hand even if I don’t have the cards to support my bids. (I mean, isn’t the bluff part of the game?) And when a game of Hold ‘Em begins to stretch into the late-night hours, I’m usually ready to go all-in on every round. So Card Choices will be my self-punishment to salute card games and the people who enjoy them.

Fard-ChoicesOnce I’ve completed that volume, I’ll move on to an equally challenging topic:  Fard Choices. Now please notice, the word is fard (not fart)! If you’re unfamiliar with this word, please look it up to verify that I’m not being rude in using the word. Yes, fard is an archaic word, but I like it and think it should be in greater use! The word relates to application of cosmetics and works perfectly in the context where I’m using it.

I’m a gal who enjoys au naturel. I used to wear make-up, but even then, I was never one to slather and slap on all the various layers of gunk … a little mascara and eyeliner were good enough for me. I like simple!

To be fair to those who are make-up aficionados (and that mysteriously includes both of my adult daughters as well as my daughter-in-law!) when I was a teenager, I permitted a consultant at a make-up counter to do her magic on me. Not thirty minutes later, I was itching and uncomfortable due my skin’s reaction to whatever products had been applied. I decided then and there to shun make-up. So Fard Choices will be my attempt at more penance, discovering the necessary fine points of pomades and creams and all else cosmetic.

Lard-ChoicesAfter I’ve waded into the cosmetic decisions, I’ll also wade into culinary effort, this time with my volume titled Lard Choices. This one’s going to be a stretch for me because I’ve never used the product. But hey, I’m always ready to learn new things and I know there are a huge number of people who believe in lard’s value. In fact, Food & Wine recently queried if lard is the new health food. Maybe our grandparents and great-grandparents were health nuts after all!

Completing my five-volume set (remember, Hillary’s book has 627 pages; I promise my five volumes will be much shorter!), I wade into another subject about which I know little. This one is Yard Choices, a volume offering lots of good advice, er, ideas about how to make one’s back yard look spectacular. (The secret we’ve used is to plant plenty of trees!)

Yard-ChoicesThis volume will be complete with lots of full-color pictures! One thing I’ve realized when it comes to back yards, I collect oodles of pictures that show what I like … but seldom are my ideas carried out. And why would anyone be surprised? I’m not an outdoors person, and as I’ve revealed multiple times on this blog, just caring properly for my garden is a stretch.

So, there. I’ve laid out my plan for a book publishing bonanza! Perhaps with all these varied covers that I’m pitching, I’ll be doing my part to ensure Hillary Clinton’s book – at long last – achieves its iconic status. Lampooning isn’t much fun if readers don’t get the joke.

And in all candor, I can only dream (as I noted yesterday) of book sales like those Hillary Clinton has enjoyed. For that, I sincerely applaud her.


2 thoughts on “Penitent Sister

  1. Well, I was a little dense last night, which is my norm these days. Too much going on in that crazy head of mine! But I stand by my comment. Go Renee Go! If you write it, I will buy it and read it, Bard, Card, Lard and Yard! And I still like the picture. Hillary, move over. Renee is moving up!

    1. No, you weren’t dense … I should have anticipated Hillary’s book lacking the necessary recognizability! I did so but alas, too late. But when my books make it to print, I’ll appreciate your enthusiasm on my behalf.

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