One of These Things Is Not Like the Others…

This week’s topic is Three Facts, One Fiction about our lives, and you are to choose which you think is the one that is not true. Sticking with a writing theme, I offer these.

However, I cheated a bit:

All are based on fact, so if you have any knowledge of my work or relationships with authors, you will get no hints from any of it.

1:A name that I suggested for character’s baby in an author’s NYT best-selling series was chosen. The initials were the deciding factor as essential for the running jokes in the series. It was a real challenge to come up with a acronyms since the last name begins with an “O”, but I came up with a few. The child’s mother is a real fashionista, so I named the child Evangeline Chanel Honoria, “ECHO”, (as in “Little Miss Echo”). I foresee that she will follow in her mother’s footsteps.(The mother is also a self-centered woman, so my second favorite suggestion was  Emily Giselle, “EGO”).

2: The title I suggested for another famous author’s recent work in one of her many series is now the name of her newest novel, to be released before Christmas. I thought her original title was wonderful, but it was vetoed by her editor as suggestive of drug use.The title had to be a play on the theme of that particular series.

3:I have a long-range plan to write a musical based on a character in a work I’ve had published. The non-fiction character is very interesting, but I may have to protect their memory and that of others by fictionalizing/dramatizing portions. I also might have to broaden the interest base to make it more commercially viable.

4: I have a short-term plan to adapt a play about a visit to a famous author into a readable story. I had hoped near the beginning to make it into a movie short, but it’s more expensive than I ever imagined, even if we bare-boned it with a handheld camera, (art-house style), with minimal cast and sets.

So, can you guess which one is not true? Will you please tell me why you think they are either true or untrue?

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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12 Responses to One of These Things Is Not Like the Others…

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Okay, you’ve tripped us up here by having partial truths in the one with the fib.
    Well, I vote that # 1 contains the lie… and my only logic is that it has so much more detail than the others, that there are more places for the fib to hide.


  2. I pick #3, the only reason I choose that is because it is a pure and simple guess.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’m going with #3, because even though I’m a musician the thought of writing a musical is daunting. I saw on the Tonight Show that Sting just came out with a Broadway musical, and he’s way more talented than me. Anyway, the rest sound more doable.


  4. jeff7salter says:



  5. I am sorry,it’s been busy and I almost had the answer down but the cat jumped on the keyboard.I hope this makes sense, as I am still running,
    Sorry, Angie and Patricia, but #3 is a plan. Last year I had an article about my aunt’s Italian-American radio show in the late-1940-s-early 1950’s published, and in going through her radio logs and correspondence, (plus adding that to my recollections and interviews with relatives), She was a very interesting and unusual character. I found so much that I feel the need to do her story and I had sudden inspiration at a performing art’s school recital to do it as a musical. Jeff and Janette know that I use to write lyrics and took a minor award in an international songwriting competition years ago.I have a very versatile musical friend who composes and she would like to work with me, IF we ever get the time.
    #4 is true as well. My niece and I had a most unusual evening when we drove to Louisville to see a favorite author and the car broke down.I related what happened to everyone the next day and all told me that I should write the story.I could not find the voice, so I did it as a play. I found that it is devilishly hard to get a play read without an agent and few will even read past the first 10 pages. It is a suspense, and 10 pages doesn’t do it justice, (I changed the ending; what happened was actually FUNNY.) I recently figured out that that I could do a third person, limited narration, focusing on one character.(I am not up on all my terms.If someone could help me out with putting a name on this,I’d appreciate it.)
    #2 is also true.I wanted to give more information, but I was afraid that someone would be clever enough to look it up!
    Monica Farris’s titled her latest Needlecraft Mystery “The Needle Case”, but , as I said, her editor was adamantly against it as sounding too much like paraphernalia . I suggested several titles, one of which the editor and her agent really took to. “Darned If You Do” will be out AFTER Christmas,(my mistake!). Actually , it will be on Groundhog’s Day.
    Which means that #1 is false and Jeff got them all right!
    I DID suggest those names,among others, to Kate Collins for her character Jillian’s daughter in her “Flowershop Mysteries” and she told me that some of mine were definitely in consideration, (probably the ones above), but she went with names that had initials spelling “HALO”. I have a feeling that the kid is going to be her mommy’s angel, but a demon to the rest.
    I hope everyone had as much fun as I did this week, even though I really blew my guesses!
    And as I rushed this, I hope it makes sense!


  6. pjharjo says:

    Hi Tonette. I’m guessing your lie was number 3 bc the first two are along the same line and the last sounds more writing oriented (to me) than the musical in number 3. There’s my wild guess. 🙂


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