"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Friendship & 212 Degrees

Here at our house, we like to pretend King Tort (our Sulcata tortoise) can talk. I justify this by pretending it's an exercise in writing dialog.

King Tort: Can I please have a friend?
Me: You have us. Don't you like us?
King Tort: You're fine. But I'm going to live to 180 years old.
Me: Good point.

Nice dialog, don't you think?

And guess who won?
Let me introduce you to Nefertorti. We love the Egyptian names. And they do seem to lend themselves to tortoises.


Have you seen this video, BTW? It talks about 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
Basically:
  • At 211 degrees, water is hot.
  • At 212 degrees, it boils.
  • And with boiling water comes steam.
  • And steam can power a locomotive.
Makes you think. Do you go the extra degree? In writing? At home? In life?

How can we, as writers, and how can we, in life, go the extra degree to power the locomotive?

Watch the video. It only takes a couple minutes!

17 comments:

Christine M said...

You are the master of tortoise dialog. And I like the new tortoise's name. Very nice.

Inspiring video - thanks for sharing!

Angie Frazier said...

Love the tortoise dialog :-) And the difference in one degree is astounding. I hope I go the extra degree in my writing--nice way of looking at it!

Tabitha said...

Love the tortoise names! My boys would love them. :)

Great question about that extra degree!! I like to say that I go that extra degree...though, what does the steam represent? The end result? The quality of the end result? Reaching a goal? All of the above? Whatever we say it is? :)

Vivian said...

Thanks for the inspiration! Love the new tortoise name. Is King Tort happy now?

beth said...

Excellent tortoise names!! And I loved that link...

Kelly said...

tortoises rock! Tanya says hi :)

Jim D said...

King Tort looks a bit scared -- was he hiding?

Great names! Great writers use great names :-)

Hope they are friends for the next 180 years.

Jim D

PJ Hoover said...

LOL, Chris! It does entertain us to make them talk. Who ever would have thought (Besides Kelly) that a tortoise or two could bring such enjoyment!

The one degree is a great way to look at things, isn't it, Angie! I love it! I hope to go the extra degree also!

Your boys like the Egyptian stuff, Tabitha? We're all Egypt around the house. Love those mummies! And I think you're right. The steam represents all of the above!

King Tort is dubious, Vivian. We have to keep them separated until she gets bigger. And I love the video too! I thought the critique group would appreciate the name!

Thanks, Beth! It's fun picking new names. Now we want to get a bunch more and have a tortoise farm in the backyard :)

King Tort and Nefertorti say hi right back, Tanya and Kelly! Tanya says, "Buy me a friend."

Jim, King Tort was petrified. He peed everywhere and hid in his shell for hours. He's a bit of a recluse. And thanks for the Great writers use great names comment!

Sheri said...

That was really cool adn very inspriational - and a great title with much hidden meaning... 212*

I will have to borrow that quote for my hunterdon county children's writer's group blog - To get waht we've never had, we must do what we've never done... I love that.

And I love your Egyptian names for your turtles - so cleaver!

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Sheri! 212 is a really cool name. I love the whole idea of it! Definitely put it on the Hunterdon Writing blog.
Welcome home!

Amy said...

LOVE your tortoise names! Very cute.

I nearly cried when I learned Mater would live to be 50. Huh, maybe he needs a friend, too.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Amy! The names make us happy! And yes, Mater needs a friend :)

Sheri said...

Thanks, it feels good to be home. I am soooooo tired today though...

keri mikulski :) said...

I love how you tied this in with writing. :) That's were I am right now.. Finishing up book 2 and pushing myself.

Cute turtles.. :)

PJ Hoover said...

And I truly have to believe it's the pushing that makes the biggest difference, Keri!
Thanks for visiting!

Lenore said...

I loved this post - thanks!

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you, Lenore!