Elevator Woes

Writers sometimes refer to it as the “elevator synopsis“. It is a concise summary of their book that they have prepared in advance. The reference to an elevator means that the description has to be short enough so that it could be used if the author was asked about his piece while in an elevator with someone (like an agent or publisher!).

I’ve been thinking about my own elevator synopsis for the memoir I am working on. I am finding that it’s a good exercise to help me focus on why I’m writing, who I’m writing for, and what to include in the work.

I’ve also been thinking about an elevator synopsis for My Own Velvet Room. That seems to be a bit harder to come up with. Like many of us, my reason for blogging has changed and morphed into different facets during the time I’ve been here. To narrow all of that down to a concise sentence or two seems daunting.

My Own Velvet Room is where I share a bit about family, my experience as an adoptee, my ancestors, books I enjoy, my writing experiences. It’s sometimes introspective, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, also contains the occasional rant. There isn’t a single theme or focus, in fact it’s quite eclectic in content.

To explain all that my blog is during an elevator ride, I would have to resort to pushing the buttons for all of the floors so that it would stop at each floor, thus prolonging the ride to the desired floor. Likely not the way to win friends.

I’ll keep thinking about it, and I welcome any and all suggestions!


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I enjoy your variety of stories on your blog….

  2. Yes, a blog is different than a synopsis for a book, unless a blog is focused on one thing, like writing. I love that you blog about the different aspects of your life. It makes for very interesting reading.

  3. Your blog has a little of this and a little of that, and is always great fun to read! 🙂

  4. LOL I like what you wrote:) All of our blogs go back and forth I think–rarely have I seen a consistent one. We write what we feel:)

  5. It's perfect the way it is…don't change a thing. Your blog is a reflection of the different aspects of your life. We like the "you" that you portray. It's all good! Love you my friend!

  6. I've always found your blog to be….well simply put…beautiful! It's definitely reflects the rich life you have lived and the lessons you have learned!

  7. But I'm drawn to all those things in your velvet room! 🙂

    I flounder when it comes to the summaries and synopses. Ack!

  8. Thank you for all of your kind comments! You've inspired me! How about "My Own Velvet Room is a reflection of me and the different facets of my life – past, present, and future. It's sprinkled with snippets of family, friends, dreams, sometimes introspective, spmetimes humorous, and hopefully sometimes inspiring."

  9. I'm good with "eclectic". It's how my life goes and how my brain works.

    For me, the over-riding feature of any blog is to inspire.

    I always enjoy visiting your blog-home. Whether you pen tidbits or meaty morsels, there's always something to glean.

    Be blessed,

  10. I've been thinking about this, too, how do I sum up my blog and what's my 'theme'? I guess I don't have one. I like "sprinkled with snippets . . . " It's what life is all about.

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