I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Novel Worthy

By Jennie Atkins

Have you ever seen that holiday commercial where a person takes a picture, likes it, and says its “card worthy”?
As writers, we experience, watch, or hear about ideas that are “novel worthy”. They can become the basis of our whole story, be a memorable scene, or just something that falls perfectly into our plot.
I have just moved into a sprawling three-bedroom ranch on four acres, in a peaceful country community.  With every move, one expects a few hiccups along the way and we’ve had a few that could fall into my “novel worthy” bucket.
Upon arriving at our new home, we found the guest bathroom beautifully decorated with bits of toilet paper. Yes, my bathroom had been T. P.’d! Hanging on the cabinets, adorning the towel racks, and draping over the edge of the tub were streams of toilet paper.  I am assuming at this point, the kids did it, but do you think they’d used it in the traditional manner?  No way!  The toilet paper roll was empty and they had used heavy brown paper towels in its place.  Needless to say it stopped up the toilet and the main line flowing (or not flowing in this case) from that bathroom to the septic system. 

Another “novel worthy” even occurred when my daughter went to use our one and only outside hose. When turned on it emitted a stream of hot water, but then again, the hose had laid in the sun.  Nothing amiss with that—except—instead of cooling down, the water got hotter!  The builders had tied the outside faucet into the hot water line—not quite what we were expecting.
As I stated above, we have a deck that runs the length of the house.  It sagged and bounced and it was already on our to-do list to rebuild in the spring.  What we hadn’t realized was the propane tank was attached to the flexible boards of the deck.  When you walk on the deck, the propane lines are in motion.  Can anyone say…Kaboom!?!?!
Needless to say, I’m filing these away as nuggets I can use later.
Your turn – Do you have any moving stories (or nightmares) that are novel worthy?


  1. Unfortunately, novel worthy events are usually not pleasant ones. But if there's no black moments or tension in our novels, no one would really want to turn the page. And no reason to exercise faith in real life or bring glory to God if we had no troubles.

  2. Last week I would've said I didn't, but this week after a wild weekend where my nephew was helicoptered to a hospital 100 miles away with sepsis and a bp of 80/40 and a heart rate of 138...I can see how I might use that in a book!

  3. Kitchen deck at my farm house included a special stairway for their potbelly pig that grew to 200 lbs., bathed in the bath tub, slept (& puddled) in the master bdrm., now mine. That's the 1st room I bought new carpet for. My grandson proudly crawled up that outside stairway saying he'd found a new way to come into the house. His screech and the expression on his face when I told him its previous use was priceless. Glad you're in and (relatively) safe.