The Traveling Shovel of Death Goes Tap Dancing at the County Fair

This will make sense only to other NaNoWriMos. I read about the Traveling Shovel of Death and thought, hmm, I’m going to figure out how and where to stick that in somewhere in my novel. But I also presented this challenge to my writing cronies in a comment last night.

So I’m gonna up the ante. Anyone for trying to get the traveling shovel of death to go tap dancing at the county fair with me?

11 comments to The Traveling Shovel of Death Goes Tap Dancing at the County Fair

  • I promise I’ll use the line, “I can’t come because I’m going to be tap dancing at the county fair” in my novel, but helping you “get the traveling shovel of death to go tap dancing at the county fair with you,” is way beyond my capabilities.

    I’m sure someone from amongst us crazies will rise from the occasion.

    Good luck!

  • I can definitely fit “I can’t come because I’m going to be tap dancing at the county fair” into my story.
    I’m excited, I have the perfect place for it.

  • Nancy

    Oh, goodie! I’m going to get both of tap dancing AND the traveling shovel of death in — though I think they may have to be in the two different story lines that will (I hope) come together somewhere along the journey.

    I hadn’t actually thought about offing anyone until reading about the traveling shovel of death on the NaNo site, but it brought up a whole new realm of possibilities for me.

  • I have both lines written on an index card and pinned to the wall in front of me. Challenge accepted! What a hoot this is. Thanks for giving us such an interesting and entertaining challenge!

  • Nancy

    I invented a new character to use the tap dancing line, and I kind of like her. She may stick around. I’m not sure I want her using the traveling shovel of death, though. Still trying to figure out how to use that one.

  • I’m using the traveling shovel of death in chapter 14, which is the climax moment of the novel.
    *
    The tap dancing excuse was added as a line of sarcasim in chapter 3.
    *
    I may need to borrow the shovel to dig myself out of the hole I dug for myself today. I’ve gotten zero writing done.

  • Nancy

    Yeah, DS, but you got your blog looking pretty darn spiffy.

    And you’ve gone gangbusters since Nov. 1, I’ll bet you needed a little break.

  • I did use the travelling shovel of death earlier in my story. Not as violently as suggested, but to bury the MC’s mother, and it really was travelling since it was used to bury many others.

    As for “I can’t come because I’m going to be tap dancing at the county fair…” Hmmmm. I’ll give it a try, but it might be tough. I’ll put it on my board and see what I can do!

    These challenges are fun!

  • As usual, I’m fairly close behind you. I’m at 15,721 words so far. Is this a blast or what!!

  • Can you feel my breath on the back of your neck? I’m closing the gap so hang on to your hat, my friend.

  • Nancy

    Yes! I feel your breath, Shaddy! Must run faster!!!

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