In the spirit of what I've now decided is "Representative Images Week" on the blog (why, yes, as a matter fact, it IS a busy week here at Chez Grimez -- how did you guess?), here are a few more from IN A FIX, which will be published by Tor in July 2012.
(Yeah, I know. That sounds like a long way off. Why am I teasing you now? Um...because? And, you know. Busy. Sorry.)
Monday I showed you some of the places you'll visit along with our intrepid heroine, Ciel Halligan. Today I'll share some of her conveyances:
As I said on Monday, Ciel gets around. Sometimes she does it in style. Sometimes...not so much. ;)
What's the weirdest way you've ever been conveyed from one place to another?
I rode in the Navy hot air balloon one time. Gosh, I wish I could go back and relive that experience...Oh, wait! I write fiction! I can!
Remember the Gremlin - The car not the movie. I'd have to say, that was weird.
this ciel gets around. i think we need to be friends.
How about a wagon, as in a big rusty red wagon with wooden sides? When I was a preschooler, my father would pull me to the store in it, and on the way home, I'd share space with the groceries. When at home, a couple of goats would sometimes pull me around the yard in that same wagon. (multiple decades and multi multi pounds ago)
I used to try and ride my dog, but he was never very much inclined...
I'm pretty boring. I just use my feet. But now I'm thinking I'd like to be carried everywhere I go. Piggy back rides from here on out.
I have wanted a tricked out Mini Cooper ever since I first saw The Italian Job. I am now jealous of Ciel.
Is that a manure spreader I see? Hot damn, this book sounds better all the time. These teasers are great, Linda! Keep em coming:)
Teri Anne -- A hot air balloon? That sounds fun, but terrifying. Which, of course, makes it perfect for you to use in your fiction.
Anne -- LOL! I do remember the Gremlin -- my cousin drove one. Riding in it WAS weird.
Abby -- I think you guys would get along great. :)
Susan -- Sounds like fun! Especially the goats.
Summer -- Ha! Yeah, I bet he didn't like that very much. I probably would have tried the same thing, but our dog was a toy fox terrier. Not pony-like by any stretch of my imagination.
Candyland -- Go for it!
Trisha -- Maybe you better see the circumstances under which Ciel and the Mini Cooper come together before you start getting too jealous of her. ;)
Michelle -- It is indeed a manure spreader. And that's all I'm sayin' about that. ;)
In the yonder years of kindergarten I let my friend drag me across the classroom floor via a rug I was sitting on. I wish that was a popular form of transportation, it was so comfortable.
Oh, I like your new location! I mean layout. Only, where are the half-naked island boys???
Weirdest thing I've ridden on... My grandfather used to have a cart pulled by a donkey, and I've ridden on that. Also, me and a highschool friend used to ride in the back of her father's meat truck. Is that weird?
It's not exactly WEIRD, but it's a terrifying way to get around. When I was in Costa Rica there were two traveling instances that have stuck with me.
One, we were in a teeny tiny plane that realistically shouldn't have had more than 8 people. Instead, they crammed about 25 people (with luggage) on there. I was sitting on the floor, wondering if I was going to crash into a mountain somewhere. But, Costa Rica is gorgeous, so at least there's that.
Two, we were on a bus to Volcan Arenal, and on the way, we came to a wooden bridge (modern roads aren't common in Latin America) spanning a very large and deep gorge. I was iffy about the bridge's ability to hold a commuter bus's weight, but I nearly had a heart attack when the bus driver STOPPED the bus on the bridge, got out, and MOVED planks of wood over the right side of the road so we could drive over them. I was even more appalled at the lack of concern by everyone else on the bus.
I guess when you live on the edge day to day, the threat of plummeting to your death isn't really worth the worry.
4 adults 5 kids in a pinto hatch back. I got car sick so I was always on the emergency brake. I'm a safety girl! #thegoodolddays
Steph -- We used to do that when I was a kid, too -- we'd pretend it was a magic carpet ride. Fun!
Adriana -- Thanks. I'm still experimenting with templates. Can't find the perfect one, but I'm still trying.
Jen -- Oh my! That IS terrifying. That would give me nightmares. *shudders*
Kimmie -- Whoa! I had a Pinto hatchback when I was a teenager, and I can't imagine cramming that many people into it.
Hmmm ... I'm going to have to say the zipline. You did see those pictures on my blog, right?
Can't wait to find out why Ciel is riding a hay baler ...
Dianne -- Um...that's not a hay balere. It's a manure spreader. Even classier, yes? ;) And, yeah, I saw the zipline pics on your blog. All I can say is, you have more guts than I, Ms. Salerni!
I wanna meet Ciel!
Always wanted to get taken downtown in a Paddy Wagon. One of my rebellious dreams.
Bess -- Ciel's in NYC right now (in my current WIP, that is). Maybe you'll run into her. ;) And seriously, a Paddy Wagon? That would be so cool! Er, as long as you don't wind up in the hoosegow after the ride.
not strictly conveyed, walking through a rainforest on a cloudy night. It was so dark the only way I could tell I was walking off the trail was by listening for my feet rustling in the leaves on either side.
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