Four snippets from Raindrops keep falling on my head*

by | Aug 17, 2020 | Faith, Family, Nature, Writing and Reading | 7 comments |

Snippet #1: Those raindrops are falling on my head, they keep falling…

AugustRain2020At night, I draw the covers under my chin, snuggling against the chill and steady patter. Rain in August is a welcome respite. But then the days dawn dark and damp.


Snippet #2: So I just did me some talking to the sun…

AugustSun2020Today, sunshine celebrates my son’s birthday. Happy birthday, David!


Snippet #3: It won’t be long till happiness steps up to greet me…

I’m feeling optimistic about the revised pitch for my manuscript:

“The day Carole resigns her job and commutes home for the last time, she enters the liminal space between who she was and who she may become. This luminosity happened twice before: in college at age twenty and at forty with the failure of her marriage, crises that led to her profession in teaching and rejection of atheism. Now on the cusp of sixty and married to the love of her life, she crosses the threshold again, this time to bring fearful secrets to light. Surprisingly, she finds her journey guided by her husband’s deceased daughter who Carole never met. Only by embracing great love and suffering will Carole transform into the person she was meant to be.”


Snippet #4: I’m never gonna stop the rain by complaining, because I’m free…

And, anticipating another week of rain (not complaining), here’s my project’s hook:

Wisdom Builds Her House, a 69,000-word memoir, is about a woman who seeks the truth about an unspeakable event in her family’s past, a journey in faith that ultimately sets her free.”


Dear readers: I welcome your feedback on hook, pitch, birthdays, or rain in comments.


*Lyrics from “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and recorded by B. J. Thomas.


Bonus snippet: I had the honor of reading today’s devotion for Bethany Lutheran Church. Here’s the link:


  1. barefootlilylady

    Well, definitely add me to the list of people who will read your book!

    I loved being reminded of that song too…hadn’t thought about it in ages. Now I’ve got that tune running around in my mind and will probably be humming it at intervals throughout the day. Love how you paralleled the life you’re living with its verses. Very clever writing lesson for a wanna-be writer like me.


    • Carole Duff

      Thank you, Cindie! Isn’t it interesting how treads braid together to create something new? I find so much inspiration in your garden and family posts – thank you for sharing. -C.D.

  2. Nancy Ruegg

    Love the title of your memoir, and the hook is certainly enticing! Well done, Carole!

    • Carole Duff

      Thank you, Nancy. My hope is to give people courage to make this journey, and hope.

  3. bigskybuckeye

    Carole, I enjoyed your brief snippets from your memoir. You have a way of writing which brings the words into a relationship with the reader. I appreciated the devotional reading as well. God’s peace!

    • Carole Duff

      Thank you for your kinds words, Richard.


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