Sorry, Mira, but your future little sister needs some help today. Kat, yes I promise that you will get your turn eventually! Please don’t whine. Vennie, I *know* that you’re only a month old and haven’t gotten as much attention as you wanted. I’m sorry! No, Mira, I know I said this would be about promotions for you this week and next, but that’s ten days! It can’t be all about you every single day, right? Yes, I know that’s what you want, but… NO, I’m not sending any of your siblings back! Kat, I said please stop it! You’ve gotten the most attention of anyone around here! You don’t see Leila (from Simple Gifts, scheduled for April) sulking, do you?
You know the Rhythm method of birth control, based on…cough…having fun couple time at certain times of a woman’s…er…monthly cycle in order to reduce the likelihood of becoming pregnant?
It’s also known as parenthood. (I don’t mean any disrespect to serious practitioners, but it’s not exactly foolproof.)
I think I used the Rhythm method of family planning for my book-babies.
I’m not complaining! I’m thrilled to bits! I’m just a wee bit overwhelmed.
Maybe that’s what Rhythm parents say.
In getting Vennie 2 ready (now no one can complain that I hid this and suddenly sprang it on you!), I’ve shown you a snippet here and here in the past few weeks. (If you haven’t read them already, you may want to visit those pages first because of the question I’ll be asking.) Now I need your help.
What on earth am I going to call Vennie 2?
You can see from the snippets that this is a more serious story, right? More focused on the family-tradition aspect of DD, more focused on Claire’s role as someone who elicits Minelle’s understanding of DD. Claire is trying to figure out how DD works, and she’s not so sure if she wants to follow Minelle’s example.
I’m debating what kind of title would show that:
- this is a sequel to Vennie
- it’s a more serious story
- it’s about passing down the traditions of DD
- there are humorous/fanciful elements
The current top contender is Daughter of Discipline. It’s my favorite, but it only satisfies conditions #2 and #3.
When I focused on #1 and #3, I considered The Vengeance of…something. But some reviewers objected to the “Vengeance” part of the title for Vennie because it wasn’t truly a vengeance story.
A compromise might be: Daughter of Discipline: Vennie Book Two. Dull as dishwater, right?
*scratching my head*
Other suggestions include:
- All in the Family
- Family Traditions
- The New Family Values
- Not My Mother’s DD
- A Non-Traditional Daughter
- Something About Tradition
- The Family That Spanks Together (okay, that’s not a serious suggestion)
- Mrs. Claus in the Off-Season
- The Book-Baby That Stole Kat’s Limelight
Maybe I should quit before I say things I regret…
I know you’ve only seen two short snippets, but can you help me? Do any of these titles sound appealing?
Do you have any other suggestions? Pretty please?
UPDATE: One more suggestion after reading your feedback. What about The Discipline of Claire?