#TrailerParkTrash and Trendy #Rednecks Are the New Normal


Rednecks have become very trendy since back in the mid-’80s when my mom decided to marry my redneck step-father. Now there’s Trailer Park Boys, Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty, but back then, rednecks were the furthest from cool. My step-dad dressed in Wrangler jeans, button down shirts, and about a pound of Dippety Doo in his slicked back hair. The first time we went to a family dinner there was a pig on a spit, horseshoes in the dirt, animal heads on the walls and a few old Chevys out back waiting to be fixed.

Oddly enough, the book that I am writing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is about a part of my life I never fully explored, my redneck side. No, we never lived in a trailer, but we didn’t have a lot of money, kept pig’s feet in the freezer, fished and camped a lot and knew how to shoot a tin can off a tree stump. The book is total fiction and pure fun. If there are any similarities to people in real life, well, then, I feel sorry for you.

My novel is called “Tasteful Tickles” and is about a single mom named Danni-Lynn who is sort of a Peg Bundy-type character, her relationship with the men in town, and the group of women who live in “Sugar Hill Trailer Park.” Danni-Lynn’s rival is Dottie-Mae who lives across the street. Both sell adult toys from home for a living and are competing to win the big prize– a Fuchsia Pink Dodge Challenger. Tasteful Tickles are just like Mary Kay parties, only they’re pinker, racier and much funnier.

They say when writers delve into a character it becomes part of them and I can definitely see that happening over the last two weeks since I started my novel with Danni-Lynn. No, I’m not going out sleeping with every man in town like she is and I don’t drink Orange Tundras for breakfast but I am getting a bit more sassy.  I have two weeks and two days left to finish and I need to kick it up a few notches if I am going to get there without going all Honey Boo Boo on Go Go Juice first!

So why did I choose this subject matter? Because 50 Shades of Grey was so poorly written and so dumb, yet ever so popular. I wanted to  write a smarter, funnier book in a similar genre that will entertain people, make them think, and make them laugh.

If there is anything I have learned at this stage of my life it is that laughter is the best medicine. If you don’t laugh you’re going to cry. I don’t take myself too seriously and neither should you. If people want to judge me for being creative, funny and taking risks, that is their  problem. And hopefully, should the trailer park gods be on my side of the park, I will be laughing all the way to the bank!

NaNoWriMo Day 12 word count ~ 17, 164. BOOM! 🙂

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