Special Sunday Extra

I just had to take a moment to tell everyone how much I’ve enjoyed reading your 100-word bios. If you haven’t read them, click on the comments for the post below. I’m impressed by the quality of writing overall, and amazed at some of the fascinating details shared. I’m so lucky to have such an interesting and talented group of blog readers!

A few notes…

Leigh, I’m feeling the pain of that tattoo and eyebrow piercing. Helena, could you give me fashion lessons? Lisa Jordan, congratulations. Scott, I’m right there with you on the early mornings outside with coffee (did that this morning), or a good book and a glass of wine. Luke, you and my husband would get along great—he’s a hockey junkie and plays on the firefighter league. Eric, I love the apparent contrasts and your Valentine’s day efforts! Jetpacks (Jack), I’m intrigued.

Christy (Falling Around), I sometimes feel like that exact same hamster. Steena, remind me not to ask you for a bite of chocolate! Renee, I’m too lazy to look it up—what’s a lilapsophobiac afraid of? Annie, checking out hot guys in church, for shame! 🙂 David A.Todd, I’m fascinated by the secrets that genealogy can reveal. Bill Greer, I’m no tree-hugger but I’m starting to feel sorry for those trees! Authoress, I would never have guessed you were a daycare teacher. Liz C, it’s amazing that good things can spring from the ashes, isn’t it? Rachel Hauck, I’ll try not to monopolize you for more than 2 minutes next time we see each other!

Jaime and Ginger, my heart and prayers go out to you.

Wish I had time to comment on everyone’s. Thank you all for sharing!

And since many of you asked me for mine, here it is:

The dive boat was headed for Catalina Island. Rachelle fought her usual nausea as she tried to pay attention to her date for the day, a scuba instructor from Hawaii. Finally the boat dropped anchor and it was time to yank on the wetsuit and strap into the scuba gear.

The divemaster was checking off each diver before they jumped into the ocean. Finally it was Rachelle’s turn. “Name and number?” the divemaster asked. “Rachelle. Thirteen.” She peered through her dive mask into the eyes of the guy with the list.

“Brian Gardner,” he said. “Nice to meet you.”

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. DebH on May 18, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    >ooh, Rachel
    i can so relate with your bio! i met my hubby on a dive boat and was fighting nausea. unfortunately, stomach won. luckily, he’s quick on his feet.

    it was love at first upchuck i guess.

  2. Renee on May 18, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    >Wow! That is wonderful, God just knew, didn’t he? *grins*

    A lilapsophobiac is afraid of tornadoes.


  3. Mindy Obenhaus on May 18, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    >I’m such a sucker for a good romance 😀

  4. Nicole on May 18, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    >Aaahh, love the romance. Made my morning!

  5. Carrie on May 18, 2009 at 8:03 AM

    >That was lovely, Rachelle! See, you can tell that I’m mired in the “publishing” mindset rather than the “fiction” mindset because my 100 words were very practical and not lyrical at all. Time to see if I can start balancing both aspects together…

  6. Kim Kasch on May 18, 2009 at 1:16 AM

    >I love that story – so romantic well aside from the nausea.

  7. Rachel on May 17, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    >I’m swooning! Great story.

  8. Camille Cannon Eide on May 17, 2009 at 7:11 PM

    >Awww. Cool.

    When you said, “Rachelle. Thirteen,” too bad he didn’t lean close and say, “I was sort of hoping for a different humber….”

  9. Marilyn Peake on May 17, 2009 at 6:24 PM

    >I noticed that new stories were still being posted today, so I posted one of my own. Hope that’s OK.

  10. Julie Weathers on May 17, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    >Ah, I love this. What a great short story with a happy ending.

  11. Kristen Torres-Toro on May 17, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    >Great story! Thanks for sharing it, Rachelle!

  12. Kristen Torres-Toro on May 17, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    >Great story! Thanks for sharing it, Rachelle!

  13. Marilyn Peake on May 17, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    >What a great idea, and I love your post, Rachelle! Is it too late to add to the “Something about YOU” thread? This weekend is just now slowing down for me.

    Whoa – My Word Verification is: emote

  14. Rachel Hauck on May 17, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    >Please, take up my time! I write fiction you know!

    Rachel 🙂

  15. Alicha Marie on May 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    >Friday’s post and the comments given: Wow, I feel like we all took a step closer together in this little community of writers. Thanks Rachelle. By the way, great ‘meet cute’!

  16. Lisa Jordan on May 17, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    >Awwww, very romantic! Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for the congrats, too.

  17. Ginger Merante on May 17, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    >I didn’t get to creative with mine! I could have but geez, that would have been much more than 100 words.

    Thanks for the prayers. My son needs them more than I do. Hopefully one day he will get past his …problem.

  18. Rachelle on May 17, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    >Okay, somebody thought the “thirteen” was my age! Nope. Everyone has an assigned number on a dive boat. Mine just happened to be 13.

    For the record, I was 30.

  19. Katie on May 17, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    >I love that story! The fact that it’s true makes it even better. It makes me want to write a short story or something.

    I met my husband when I wasn’t looking either. It was a total Legally Blond story. I was the receptionist – he was the delivery guy. I thought he was cute. He asked me out. Now we’re married!

  20. Chatty Kelly on May 17, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    >Then they became dive partners and lived happily after ever?


  21. Steena Holmes on May 17, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    >For you Rachelle – I might consider sharing a white chocolate piece (since they are my least favorite). LOL

  22. Jessica on May 17, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    >Awwww, that’s so sweet! My hubby is a diver and has been wanting me to get my license.
    Ahem. I’ve been procrastinating. LOL

    Thanks for sharing!

  23. Krista Phillips on May 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    >Very cool stuff! I had a crazy Fri and Sat so didn’t have time to post my own, but it’s fun to go back and read about everyone!!

  24. Jessica on May 17, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    >LOL! There were some pretty cool things about people that I would’ve never guessed. Great idea for a blog post.:-)

  25. Myra on May 17, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    >See? THIS is why you rock.