Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gracious Groundsel! It's Twofer Tuesday

It’s Twofer Tuesday time again. I get to share with you what I’ve been reading. And what’s more fun, for me anyway, what I’ve been writing.

Two of the sentences I’ve read this week come from a book on curing heart disease lent to me by my FIL.

From Jean Carper’s The Miracle Heart: The Ultimate Guide to Preventing and Curing Heart Disease with Diet and Supplements (Harper Paperbacks February 2000) we learn how to release the anti-coagulant compound ajoene from garlic:

“Add just enough vodka to cover crushed garlic, and let steep for several days uncovered. This releases ajoene.”

Mine are nowhere near as tasty or useful, but I hope you at least get a kick out of my efforts from A Fly on the Wall. I’ve thrown in a few extras for context.

“’Oh gracious groundsel, said Mrs. Ingetuckle. ‘She doesn’t look familiar to me at all. I wonder how she got the mirror? I though it was going to be Miss Eleanor again. Oh, it’s exciting to be wrong.’
Mrs. Phlebos reached out a hand and patted Mrs. Ingetuckle on the arm. ‘You must be in a constant state of excitement, dear.’”

For more, or to find out how to participate, please see the Women of Mystery.


the Bag Lady said...

I love your sentences, cousin! I really want to read that book.
[wanders away, mumbling "'a constant state of excitement'. Cool!"]

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks so much, df Bag Lady. At the risk of sounding like I'm bragging I really do like these two old ladies. They're fun to write.

Barbara Martin said...

I'm looking forward to seeing this story published, Leah, so I can savour it the whole way through. Those two elderly ladies are charming and entertaining as is the premise of your story.

Scott Parker said...

I don't have context with your characters but I can just see these two older women (Ingetuckle and Phlebos) clucking at each other. And fabulous choice of names. Dickensian.

Leah J. Utas said...

Barbara, thanks so much. I hope a publisher agrees.

Scott, I'm glad you see it. Thanks re: their names.

Reb said...

Great sentences again Leah. I am getting so anxious to read the whole thing.

Leah J. Utas said...

Oh, my. I'd better get at it, Reb.

Clare2e said...

I'm late to looking at these, Leah, but I, too, find it exciting to be wrong! Especially since, for me, it's so rare...

Leah J. Utas said...

LOL Clare. Good one.