Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My very own Roller Derby Queen!

Well, it's official. My wife is a member of the newly created roller derby team here in Peoria.

She had been a bit concerned that her tryouts hadn't gone as well as she had hoped, but in the end, her quickness and cuteness won her a spot on the team, The Peoria Push.

Okay, maybe I'm a bit biased on that cute thing, but trust me -- she looked cute in her shorts and leotards and brand-new white and pink skates. Of course, the 12-year-old isn't quite sure what to make of this, and frankly I'm a little dazed, too. But hey, it's what she wants.

I only hope she doesn't get hurt. Some of the other women are rather, um, ferocious-looking. I mean, I work out and I wouldn't want to mess with some of them. And my wife has such straight, pretty teeth ...

So in honor of her selection -- and only a very few were chosen -- I have decided to hold a little contest here on A Writer of Wrongs. As some of you know, and as Josin pointed out in the comment section of yesterday's blog, roller derby girls get to pick their own nickname. And it needs to be something edgy and cool, with just the right mix of cute and mean.

Now I know very few of you actually know my wife, so you're going to have to trust me when I say she is quite cute, very vivacious and smart as a whip. A bookworm, actually.

So when we were lying in bed last night watching Scrubs on WGN as usual, I thought of a great one for her.

The Junkyard Puppy.

See, she's as mean as a junkyard dog, but slightly smaller and cuter. Ahem. The wife, of course, laughed and rather liked it.

But we're not sure.

So what do you guys think? What's a good nickname for a fledgling roller derby queen? Cast your vote in the comment section and we'll choose sometime in the next week or so.

I'm also trying to talk her into starting a blog to chronicle her adventures, so any help you might have in persuading her, feel free.

WORK UPDATE: I'm rolling (forgive the roller derby metaphor) and finished two chapters yesterday and two more today! Four more and I'm done (gulp). Then, I suppose it's time to get it to the beta readers so I can start querying in earnest in the next three weeks or so. How many families can boast a published author and a roller derby girl?


  1. How about, The Derby Darling? Ravishing Roller? Bulldog with lipstick? No? Probably right...

    Cheers to your writing progress. Good stuff :)

  2. The Viscious Vixen. Cyclo Mama.

    Fantastic news on the book! It's great you're almost done.

    Semi-new follower here. I read all your character sketches, I just never commented on them.

  3. Thanks Wendy! Welcome and Thanks, Piedmont!

    Keep 'em coming. :)

  4. That's awesome! I'd love to be able to push people around like that. Of course, I'd have to learn how to skate first ;-)

    I like the name you picked out. It's cute.


  5. I don't think I can beat your name either, Terry. And she HAS to blog about it, I'd love to read all about it. Congratulations to your wife!

  6. Well, mine was easy. Madmother of course!

    Not knowing her personaly, it is hard to think of one.

    Oh, and I want to be both the derby queen AND the published writer in our family, lol.

  7. Hold on, I'm thinking. I'll be back

  8. Okay sorry, here's a list just in case you don't like that awesome one above:

    Steam RollHer

    Jens "Doolin" Guns

    Jennie Von Blackenblue

    Genghis Mom

    Jenny Rotten

    Anything with AnnilateHer, CrusHer, DisintegrateHer, AssassinateHer, DominateHer

    But my favorite is "Calamity Jen"

    Tell your wife congratulations and to kick some ass! Elbow one for me.

  9. That's awesome! Roller derby girls are fun! I like all the names people have already suggested so I'm going to bow out of the contest, but when she plays her first game you HAVE TO post pics! So cool!

  10. Congrats to your wife! Sounds like a blast. I've always been attracted to the roller derby sport. What a great way to get exercise and take out some of that simmering under the surface aggression. :)