For Today’s A to Z Blogging Challenge post I’ve recruited Cody Everett, the protagonist of In the Blood, which is the first book I’ll be publishing this summer. Cody’s going to take over where Alex left off, defining a few racing terms for you.
Cody: This isn’t exactly my idea of the ideal way to spend a Sunday morning, but I was told there would be pizza involved if I cooperated, so I’ll give it a shot. Let’s see … “G” is for…. Wow, this is harder than I thought. I mean, there’s a lot of “G” words I could use, like “green flag” or “gas,” but everybody already knows what those mean. Okay, how about “girlfriend” since that was such a big deal for me in my second book. Can I use that?
Lisa: Since when is “girlfriend” a racing term?
Cody: Ah, hell. Okay. Well, how about “git-r-done?”
Lisa: Nope, that one’s ahead of your time. Your stories take place in the early ’90s, remember?
Cody: Yeah. Thanks for abandoning me in the land before cyberspace.
Lisa: You’ve got cyberspace. Technically. The Internet was invented way back in the ’70s. Just ask Al Gore.
Cody: I can’t. He hasn’t been elected yet.
Lisa: Oh, right.
Cody: Okay, getting back to “G,” how about “grommet”?
Lisa: Too generic.
Cody: Gas line?
Lisa: You’re getting silly now.
Cody: Yeah? Well, this sucks. Who’s idea was it anyway? They don’t even have blogs in my time.
Lisa: C’mon, Cody. You’re the wordsmith. If Alex can do it, you can, too.
Cody: All right, all right. “G” is for Getting Sideways. That’s my second story. It should be out sometime this year. “H” is for hell. That’s what I’m going through right now. “I” is for insolence, something I get accused of on a regular basis.
Lisa: Cody…. Don’t make me kill off any of your friends.
Cody: Fine! Can I talk about stuff we use on the smaller tracks, or does it have to be things they use in Winston Cup, or Nextel Cup, or Sprint Cup, or whatever the hell they’re calling it this week?
Lisa: Local tracks will be fine.
Cody: Okay. “G” is for gas gauge. The reason that’s important is you don’t run them in race cars. “H” is for helmet. You want a good one—trust me on that. “I” is for ignition switch. Race cars don’t have keys, so you use a starter button and an ignition switch instead. Is that good enough?
Lisa (sighing): I guess. But next time I expect a little more eloquence out of you.
Cody: You’ve got it, boss. Can I have my pizza now?
Lisa: I’m dialing Track Town as we speak. On my cell phone. You might have one in about ten years.