Pick a little, Blog a little. Cheap! Cheap! Cheap!

I know I said I would post another MFA in writing rule I hate, but I’ll save that for next time. When the muse strikes, I go with it. I’d bet most of my readers won’t recognize that mangled snippet of a song in my post title, Pick a Little, Talk a Little, from the musical Music Man.
Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little
Cheep cheep cheep, talk a lot, pick a little more
{Three times}
Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little
Cheep cheep cheep cheep cheep cheep cheep cheep
 And what was the song about? A lover of "ill-reputed" books, in other words, classics. 
Take a look at a portion of the lyrics, some spoken, some sung, by a crowd of gossips: 
Professor, her kind of woman doesn't belong on any committee.  
Of course, I shouldn't tell you this but she advocates dirty books.

Dirty books! Chaucer! Rabelais! Balzac!

And the worst thing, Of course, I shouldn't tell you this but-I'll tell.
The man lived on my street, let me tell. Stop! I'll tell.
She made brazen overtures to a man who never had a friend
In this town till she came here.

Oh, yes, that woman made brazen overtures with a gilt-edged guarantee.
She had a golden glint in her eye and a silver voice with a counterfeit ring.
Just melt her down and you'll reveal a lump of lead as cold as steel,
Here, where a woman's heart should be!

He left River City the library building, but he left all the books to her
Chaucer! Rabelais! Balzac!
It's really more fun if you watch the original movie scene, but embedding is prohibited so you have to follow the link
Here's a more recent version (skip the first 1 minute, 30 seconds to get to the song): 
If you'd rather just read, here's where The Buffalo Bills come in to sing the part in italics:
Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little
Goodnight ladies
Cheep cheep cheep, talk a lot, pick a little more
Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little
Goodnight ladies
Cheep cheep cheep, talk a lot, pick a little more
Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little
Goodnight ladies
Cheep cheep cheep, talk a lot, pick a little more
Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little
We're going to leave you now
Cheep cheep cheep cheep cheep cheep cheep cheep

Why in the world am I posting this? Because it’s my dream to have my books generate a lot of talk, not as gossip fodder, but as the kind of books that will become classics to another generation. Science fiction and fantasy started out as genres where authors used pen names to protect their reputations. If I recall, Isaac Asimov was a university professor when he wrote the Lucky Starr adventures as Paul French. The time came when he could claim his books without endangering his tenure. Time changes a lot a things, but I thought I’d never see the day when fantasies became mainstream. Thank you, J. K. Rowling.


I still have a lot of SF and fantasy books I liked, some I loved, plus a bunch of others written for adults that I’ll never read since I’m so busy reading middle grade and YA, the genres I write. This is where cheap, cheap, cheap comes in. These books are so cheap they’re free to my contest winners. My chocolate and books contest monthly winners have the option of choosing only books, up to 8 trade size paperbacks. I just shipped 8 to Amy Stogner. You can enter that contest through the “Win chocolate and books” tab at the top of my blog.

Whichever other blog hop I’m participating in can choose at least one hardback or the same weight in paperbacks, usually 2-4, depending on thickness. My Faeries and Fantasy winner Nikkie Marie chose The Chronicles of Narnia, all 7 books in one oversize paperback.

For milestone follower contests like this one and the last, the winner gets a medium priority box filled with books, and if he/she wishes, chocolate too, with a book depository option for international winners. I’m still working with Meghan Page to fill a box with books she won in my 400 follower contest. I’ve decided it’s not too early to start my 500 follower contest. You could be next!

Today I’m posting pictures of more of my stock, last names C through E. Be aware that a few of these books will be gone by the time I post my next winner.

Yes, this batch has a couple of B-names I missed when I posted authors A-B, in this post.These two are hardbacks.Yes, another A author Imissed posting before. For the life of me, I can’t make them even. Well, cats are always uppity creatures.


And here are some paperbacks by Orson Scott Card, another favorite author:
Now for two of Jack Chalker’s series I never read because I didn’t collect them all, I’ll post another after I read it, however long it takes for me to squeeze it in between writing and reading books for teens:
Next come the D last names:

More D names with a hardback included in the top set. The bottom is oversize paperbacks:
Now we’re at E, miscellaneous David Eddings. I really liked the Elenium, but lost the other two or sold them. The rest I never read because I didn’t collect them all. Yes, some bug got in the box and really liked Eddings’ books too, but there’s no damage on the inside. I saved the Belgariad series to post after I read it on the advice of two blog commenters who said that series was “life changing.”
That’s it for today, enough books for you, not the bugs, to chew on. Don’t let it bug you that I’m not posting more right now. All these photos take a lot of time. Just remember I’m not even halfway through the alphabet yet, so come back and check often.

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Congrats on the soon-to-be 500 followers! πŸ™‚

    Sadly, I didn’t recognize the song.
    I’m from Bulgaria.
    Honestly, I have no idea yet what I’d choose if I’m lucky enough to win.


  2. Congratulations on the followers! I don’t know the song. I am not much into country maybe some johnny cash that is about it. I live in the US. I am not sure what I would pick. I think I would want you to pick for me!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

  3. I love “The Music Man,” and saw it recently, so of course I recognized what you were doing with your title. Cute!

  4. I did recognize the reference in the title immediately. Ah, I love The Music Man.

  5. No, I didn’t recognize the song! I’m from the UK, I’m not quite sure what I’d pick.:)

    Congratulations on your followers! πŸ™‚


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  7. Congratulations on the followers!
    I didn’t recognize the song πŸ™
    I live in Hungary, so it’d be a book from TBD….maybe 11.22.63 by Mr. King πŸ™‚ I love his books!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

  8. I didn’t recognize the song

    I’m from Lithuania, and I’d probably pick something from sci-fi genre, as I just love it!

  9. Hi Sher – I grew up reading Lucky Starr – it was one of the YA series that got me hooked on SciFi.
    I didn’t recognize the song,but I did recognize several of the books in your photos. I’m USA. I would be interested in Catherine Asaro. I just discovered her a few months ago and haven’t read her older stuff yet.
    S Voss

  10. I didn’t recongnize the song- but it was fun. I loved looking at all the pictures of the books. Wow! So many wonderful books to read! I want to read so many of them! Awesome contest! Congrats on all of your followers. Wow!

    haightjess at gmail dot com


  11. 1. I had no idea what that song was.
    2. USA
    3. I don’t know what I would pick because I change my mind every 5 seconds. πŸ™‚

  12. It’s awesome to learn where you all live and how that affects the movies you’ve seen (and hence the songs you did or didn’t hear in the movie). It sounds like some of you don’t know the song because of your age instead of your country. I think you young ones would get a kick out of that movie too. I hope you watch it!

  13. Congrats on all your followers. πŸ™‚
    I didn’t recognize the song.
    I am from Greece and I have no idea which book I’d pick if I won.

  14. congrats on the followers πŸ˜€ I didn’t know the song.

    Thanks for the giveaway!^^

  15. oops forgot to say my country. I’m from Finland

  16. Congrats on all the followers! I honestly did not recognise the song, but I’m glad to have learned one new thing today:)

    Country: I’m from South Africa

    Choice: $20 to The Book Depository

    Thank you very much for this great giveaway:)

    Best wishes for 2012!:)



  17. Nearly at 500 followers – congrats!!

    I’m in Ireland. Not sure what book I’d order at the moment! I keep seeing books I want to read and my top favourite keeps changing!! Sorry, didn’t know the song.

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