Top 10 Sound Bites Heard at Pulpwood Queen’s Girlfriends Weekend ‘15
After each holiday season, I still have something exciting to look forward to on my calendar: Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend! (PWQ GFWE) I’ve been studying Kathy L. Murphy’s recipe for these outrageously fun weekends, and I think I’ve about figured it out:
– Take a bunch of exceedingly entertaining authors—50 or so will typically do,
– Stir them up in costumes—then have them serve dinner, schmooze with book club members—oh, yeah, and talk a bit about their books,
– Mix in 300+ book club members with a passion for both books and merriment—these should also be in costume and/or wearing pink and leopard with their tiaras,
– Add New York Times best-selling author Jamie Ford as your clever and comedic co-host,
– Finally, par-tay every night with great music (her lovely daughter is conveniently the DJ) in a tribal-type-dancing-affair culminating in the Great Big Ball of Hair Ball on the last evening (after all, Ms. Murphy IS a hair stylist …)
It’s a winning recipe!
I realize that not everyone is able to make Kat’s creative clambakes each year—but I’d hate for my readers to miss out on all of the fun. So, as in past years, I took notes to share with you some of the fun and funny tidbits that the authors shared with us. Here are 2015’s Top 10 sound bites:
10. “Huguette Clark wrote, ‘On my honeymoon…I had to go home…’ Well, who doesn’t have that feeling?” (Bill Dedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Empty Mansions) on the reclusive heiress’s tough start to an unsuccessful marriage.
9. “I have good genes. Terrible thighs—but good genes.” Christa Allan (author of Test of Faith) responding to a reader’s comment about how young she looks. (Be sure and check out Christa’s top 2 sound bites from last year—the woman is a hoot.)
8. “My friends told me, ‘As a single woman, you’ll love Alaska. The odds are good…but the goods are odd.’” (Kim Sunee, author of A Mouthful of Stars: A Constellation of Favorite Recipes from my World Travels) about the quantity and quality of the opposite sex in her newly adopted state.
7. “People say to me at parties, ‘I’d love to write a book, if I only had the time.’ No one ever tells a neurosurgeon, ‘I’d love to operate on a brain…’” (Karen White, author of A Long Time Gone) on how some folks think writing is so easy.
6. “I don’t know where Philip Roth goes for Thanksgiving, but I have to live with my family.” Jamie Ford (author of Songs of Willow Frost) on the former author’s contention that one should use one’s relatives for truthful and meaty content. (And Jamie has reason to be concerned as he does have quite a large family…)
4. “Let the turd go!” Kathy L. Murphy (PWQ founder and author of The Pulpwood Queen’s Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life ) on changes her editor wanted her to make in her memoir about going down what she and her friends affectionately dubbed “Turd Creek” in Kansas. Can’t you see just Idina Menzel singing Let it go with Kat’s altered lyrics? (…the poo never bothered me, anyway…)
3. “One of her paramours was a Major Dick Long. I couldn’t put it in my non-fiction book because no one would believe it.” Karen Abbott (author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy) discussing the love life of one of the women profiled in her civil war book.
And the top sound-bite heard at PWQ GFWE… (drum roll in the background…)
1. “Our costumes are battlefield-authentic…except for the Spanx. I’m fighting my own war…” (Kathy Hepinstall, co-author of Sisters of Shiloh) on the civil war uniforms she and her sister, Becky Hepinstall, wore for their panel discussion. (This may not be the funniest sound bite, but I sure relate to this one the best…)