Thursday Thirteen: The Big Edition


Welcome to another of the new Thursday 13! I’ve got to say, I’m glad people are keeping it around. If you’re a thirteener, be sure to leave me a comment so I know to visit you.

More and more, I’m hearing that to break into publishing with a big publisher (who’ll have a big publicity budget, one would hope), an author of fiction needs to self-publish and get big. But… what’s big? If you’re ShapeShifter, my famed fictional band, big is…

1. Some people say Mitchell is big. He’s six-one. To me, who is married to someone who’s six-four or six-five, that’s not so big. Tall, I mean.

2. There’s no disputing that ShapeShifter’s sound is big.

3. Or their popularity.

4. A lot of that is due to Mitchell’s big dreams and Trevor’s big ambitions.

5. Trevor’s head is big. His ego, I mean.

6. So’s his attitude. Big.

7. And his appetite for women.

8. Yes, he likes them big. He likes them small. He likes everything in between, too.

9. Despite having an overabundance of curls, Daniel’s hair is never big. Long, yes. Big, no.

10. Eric, the son of a Presbyterian minister, has big faith. Thankfully, he doesn’t talk big about it. In fact, for him, faith is quiet and still.

11. Eric’s not real big, either. Six-foot, roughly speaking. Just a hair shorter than Mitchell.

12. Same for Daniel.

13. As for Trevor… well… like I said. His ambition’s big. His ego is big. His attitude is big. His black book is VERY big. But in terms of physical height, he’s looking up at that magic six-foot mark.

Of course, if you know and love the boys already and haven’t gotten a copy of The Demo Tapes yet, what are you waiting for? I have copies here if you’d like them autographed. It’s just one way I am working to make myself as big as my band…



  1. Kristen

    February 5, 2009 12:15 am

    I like the fact that Thursday Thirteen throws so many different kinds of blogs together. I like to broaden my horizons.

  2. Alice Audrey

    February 5, 2009 12:58 am

    That is a lot of excellent “big” things, particularly your own goal.

  3. Thorne

    February 5, 2009 3:47 am

    Big dreams make big things happen. Keep it up, grrrlll!
    Up with 13 Thorne-Quirks
    Happy TT!

  4. Robin

    February 5, 2009 5:58 am

    And their friend Susan’s heart and talent are big – really big. And so will she be some day soon.

  5. Tink

    February 5, 2009 7:31 am

    Shapeshifter is big, period. 🙂
    I’ve listed 13 pagan webshops this week.

  6. Carmen

    February 5, 2009 9:01 am

    I think us budding authors should stick together. Let me know if you’d like to share a little link love?

    Two 13s this week on my two blogs

  7. Karen

    February 5, 2009 11:12 am

    A really interesting idea for TT. I enjoyed reading it.

  8. PQ

    February 5, 2009 11:55 am

    Happy TT!!!

    I still do T13 as well 🙂

  9. Michelle

    February 5, 2009 3:12 pm

    I’m 5’7′ and I think 6’1″ is tall. My sisters boyfriend is 6’6″ and I think he’s a giant. LOL! Thanks for sharing and happy TT.

  10. Janet

    February 5, 2009 3:26 pm

    I bet Trevor’s down south is big, too!

  11. Susan

    February 5, 2009 3:30 pm

    I’m not going THERE, Janet! (But Trevor wouldn’t mind if YOU did…)

  12. Brenda

    February 5, 2009 3:31 pm

    To me, Mitchell is tall, but that’s part of his charm. Happy TT!

  13. Shelley Munro

    February 5, 2009 4:28 pm

    Six foot sounds like a good height to me. Too tall and I think I’d get a sore neck. 🙂
    I think I’m the perfect height to hang out with the band. Now if only I could get one of those back stage passes…

  14. Ann

    February 5, 2009 6:04 pm

    Dude! Cool list. I’m thinking big too. 😉
    Our renovation at the dayjob was BIG, and fortunately it’s done. I’ve posted pictures on the dayjob blog, stop by and take a look. It’s at

  15. Nicholas

    February 5, 2009 8:02 pm

    Nice to see you back in TT land!

  16. Jannie Funster

    February 6, 2009 12:10 am

    As to Presbyterian, I can’t help when I hear that word to think of the mother-in-law in Angela’s Ashes blaming her non-Catholic son-in-law for her grand-son’s unruly “Presbyterian” hair.

    You see it?

    You remember?

  17. Thomma Lyn

    February 6, 2009 3:24 am

    Great take on “big” for all the guys! And I’m glad T13 is back.

    Funny, Mitchell’s right about the height I imagined him to be!

  18. Frigga

    February 6, 2009 12:38 pm

    Hehe, you forgot one thing: the fans have big big big time love for the entire band, but yes, mostly for Trevor 😉

  19. mw

    February 6, 2009 4:51 pm

    This is my first time here, and much of what you’ve written doesn’t quite make sense to me, BUT, I do love the way you’ve structured your writing, and I like the hints that you’ve given.

    I love the suddenness of the bullets, and the shortness of 7 followed by the flow of 8. Very fun. Thank you :).

    Here from Tanya. I’ll be back. Big time.

  20. ON a limb with Clauida

    February 6, 2009 8:20 pm

    Hey Susan! I picked up a trojan from your site yesterday – eeeek!!!

    I’m glad you’re back up and running today!

  21. Susan

    February 7, 2009 8:53 am

    From here? I have trouble believing that, but we’ll look into it.

  22. Toni

    February 7, 2009 10:36 pm

    Great list. I can see Trevor being smaller. Yes, as far as big – it is all relative.

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