What exactly is the appeal of lumberjacks? The beard? The uber masculinity? The flannel? The bulging, axe-wielding, super strong muscles? Log rolling? The euphemisms about wood? The promise of a woodsy scent of sawdust and pure man?
I know I can’t be the only one out there to look at a sculpture of Paul Bunyan and think he’s kind of sexy. There must be lumberjack-centric romance out there. Cowboys, bikers, rock stars, pirates… why not lumberjacks?
When I decided to set Geoducks in the Pacific Northwest, I just knew I had to include a hot lumberjack. After living in Washington for a few years, and visiting the PNW throughout my life, I’ve met a lumberjack or two in my time. None stand out as being especially “hot” with the exception of one or two, who shall remain anonymous to protect their “innocence”.
Geoducks very own “hot lumberjack” is named John Day. He may or may not be loosely based on a certain werewolf.
This 1958 Disney cartoon version of the legend of Paul Bunyan makes me laugh. He’s a mighty “six feet three”. Just how short are the rest of the people he encounters? Munchkins? Lilliputians? I do love animation from this era. And well, for a cartoon guy, he’s still hot.
For me, no discussion of lumberjacks can be complete without the Lumberjack song:
Anyone else have a thing for lumberjacks? Flannel? Thermal shirts? Beards? The smell of wood smoke and wet pine needles?
ETA: My friend Traci just introduced me to Penny Watson, who wrote a LUMBERJACK romance! Here’s more info about Penny and her book, Lumberjack In Love, on her blog. I haven’t read it (yet) but hello hot bearded lumberjack!
After figuring out how to pronounce geoduck and finding out what it is (often the result of a traumatic search on Google), people ask me why the heck my book title is Geoducks Are for Lovers.
Geoducks is just one of those fun words that make me smile. But there are other reasons the world’s largest burrowing clam is a key element of the title and plays a fun, but significant role in the story of Geoducks Are for Lovers beyond its phallic appearance and the endless euphemisms. Speaking of euphemism, if someone (a man) (most likely inebriated) (in a bar) (at night) asks if you want to go geoduck hunting, it probably doesn’t involve a bucket and a shovel. You’ve been warned.
First reason for the book title: geoducks are native to the Pacific Northwest and the Puget Sound, which is the setting of Geoducks Are for Lovers.
More reasons later…
First, a little more information on this bivalve.
Here’s a fascinating, and at times shocking and maybe NSFW, video of Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs exploring the wonderful thing that is a geoduck.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
I use Pinterest to waste time, cook dinner, clean the house, make things I probably shouldn’t eat, laugh, fantasize about the perfect house/vacation/outfit, and find inspiration for daily life, as well as Geoducks. Sometimes I come across something on Pinterest that takes my breath away. This is one of those pins…
Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. In 2010, Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened. Warning: contains brief nudity and conceptual art.
When you truly love someone, you love them forever.
I’ve had several people ask me about geoducks and how to pronounce this strange word when I tell them the title of my upcoming novel, Geoducks Are for Lovers. In upcoming posts, I’ll share more clues about why I chose this title and how these bi-valves relate to the story.
Here’s some basic info:
Geoduck (pron.: gü-ē-ˌdək “gooey duck”)
The geoduck, scientific name Panopea generosa, is a species of very large, edible, saltwater clam in the family Hiatellidae. The common name is derived from a Native American word meaning “dig deep”. Native to Washington and British Columbia, the geoduck is the world’s largest burrowing clam. (from the ever useful but much maligned Wikipedia)
For more fun facts and some interesting/disturbing visuals, check out the geoducks’ wiki page.
More clues about the book coming soon!
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Hope everyone is having a good week!