Thursday, August 23, 2007

More starter dough

When I first started thinking about my current work-in-progress, I knew that the story would involve boys and a creek and little boats floating down the creek. Originally, the boys were making the boats (out of bark? not sure...) and floating them down the creek.

Then, luckily, I had a DUH moment and realized it was much more interesting if the boys found the boats (instead of sent the boats).

But I still envisioned the boats as made out of bark or something.

Then one day I was reading the livejournal of author Tamra Wight. She had a post about what B did on a rainy day - he made a boat! And not just any ole' boat. A YOOHOO BOAT!


Eureka! Talk about serendipity! Talk about starter dough!

I love that little boat so much! (That's a race car inside it, by the way. Pretty cool, huh?)

So I wrote to Tamra and told her how much I loved the boat and asked if I could use it in my story (because I'm ethical like that) and she said I could and even sent me B's terrific directions for making the boat:

First I put the straw in and drank it. Then I unfolded the top to be the front of the boat. Then I cut out the top right side. I didn't use any glue or tape.


Thank you, thank you, Tamra and B for that fabulous Yoohoo boat starter dough. (Now if you could just finish this novel for me, that would be great!)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

AW!
I'm so glad you liked B's invention!

Yes, he's full of inspiration. I have a whole file full of ideas . . .


Tamra

Barbara O'Connor said...

Aren't you LUCKY!

Tell B he totally rocks.

Kerry Madden said...

I love that boat...so perfect, Barbara...I want to go visit Tamra's campsite in Maine one day.

Very cool boat...I'm still in the throes of jetlag...but I got up at five instead of three...it's a start.

hi said...

ROFL a boat out of a yahoo bottle? COOLIO! xD