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Intriguing Villain Adventure

Just a few minutes ago, I was asked an interesting question on my 200 Subscriber Q & A video:

If you had to pick 2 bookish villains to go on a road trip together, who would you pick and what would the title of their adventures be?

My answer, copied directly from the comments section is this:

Interesting question. I think I’d like Darken Rahl from Wizard’s First Rule and Saruman from Lord of the Rings to go on a road trip together. They’re both completely merciless and without any moral compass. So, their adventure would be called “Path to Conquest Without a Compass.”

Best I could do in 2 minutes 🙂

Maybe not the best answer, but I really only did think about it for a couple minutes. So, I’d like you to answer the same question in the comments section below. Let’s see who has the most interesting idea.

Flash Fiction Weekly Series

Anyone remember What Will You Write? I’d mentioned that I wanted to bring it back eventually. Well, it sort of is coming back, but I want to run the idea I have for it by you first.

First of all, it will probably be under a different name. It’ll be competitive, and I want the name to reflect that.

Second, my idea for this is to have it as a weekly feature. With the success of Authors Answer, I’d like to ask for a group of people to submit weekly flash fiction of only 100 words. That’s much shorter than the original What Will You Write? And with only 100 words, it’s easier to write something every week.

Third, the group of people that will be writing will be the same each week. For this, I want those people to be absolutely sure they can submit something every week. I haven’t decided how many people will be able to participate, but I don’t think there’ll be a maximum. However, I’d like to keep the same group of people for a month at a time. Every month, new people can join and those who wish to stop participating can stop.

Finally, the way it will work is as follows. The participants will submit their stories to me by email. I will post the stories without their names in a post that contains a poll.  Anyone can vote in the poll for the story they like the best. This will be completely anonymous so that the participants have a fair chance of winning that week. Every week, I will post the stories with the winner or top three, and link back to the original post, which will have been edited with the authors’ names included. The following day, the new round starts.

Every month, I’ll write a spotlight post featuring the month’s winners, and at the end of a full year, I’ll post a ranking of all the winners. The top winner may receive something, but I have no idea what it would be at the moment.

I’d like to hear what you think. If you’re interested in participating in something like this, let me know in the comments. When I start this, I will make an announcement for people to apply to participate. If you leave a comment here, it’s not an official application, but I will do my best to try to contact you when it’s starting to see if you’re still interested. It will likely start in spring, after my move to Canada.

For everyone else, I’d like some feedback about this. What do you think? Any suggestions? Please leave a comment with your thoughts.

Poof Goes the Perfect Post

Have you ever been thinking about what to post about on your blog, only to fall asleep and continue thinking about the post in a dream? That just happened to me when I put my daughter to bed. I ended up falling asleep next to her for about an hour. Just a bit sleepy today.

As for the post, my dream made it even better. It was going to be amazing, and lots of people will love it. Then I woke up, saw the time, and realised what had just happened. I remember my daughter falling asleep, then getting ready to get out of bed and back to the living. Except I fell asleep at that moment.  But when I woke up, that’s what my memory of the post came up quickly… then disappeared. My post idea, taken away by a forgotten dream. Don’t you love it when that happens?

Never fear, I’ve got lots of ideas for blog posts, book, and more. I’m just a bit sleepy.

Book Business Cards and Cheat Sheets

In last week’s Authors Answer, one of the more common questions we hated to answer was “What’s your book about?” It’s a difficult question to answer because we usually don’t have a rehearsed description of the book we’re writing. So, I thought, why not just write down a brief description of the book, like it would appear on the back cover, and give that to anyone who asks?

Turns out, this kind of thing is real. But they’re simply author’s business cards. However, you can put a book blurb on one side of it. That’s fine for if you have a published book, but it doesn’t work for a book you’re currently writing.  And why would you write the blurb before you even finish the book? That’s not an easy thing to do, since your book may change drastically by the time you publish.

So, make a cheat sheet. Just write down what you feel is the best description you can make of your work in progress, and keep it in your wallet. Whenever someone asks, pull it out and read it to them. Even better, memorise it. Or if you like, print out a bunch of them on paper and hand them to anyone who wants to know, along with your name, email, and website’s address.

Anyone ever seen something like this? What do you think?

Strange Food Ideas

I was in bed getting my daughter to fall asleep when I had a very odd idea. What would ham and cheese gyoza be like? Gyoza, for those of you who don’t know, is a Chinese dumpling usually filled with pork and cabbage, and can either be fried (potstickers) or steamed. I would suspect it would taste good.

What is like to know us what are some of your more unusual food ideas. Did you try it? Was it good? Let me know in the comments below.

Strange Collaboration Inspires a Story

The legendary band KISS is in Japan and they have collaborated with the all girl idol group Momoiro Clover Z. My initial thought when I was told about this yesterday was to laugh. It was so strange.

Well, this led to me thinking about the differences between the music industries in the US and Japan. They’re totally different. Members of idol groups in Japan may be famous, but they aren’t paid much, and are basically salaried company workers. They are employees. In the US, singers are contracted by labels. They get a share of the sales. As far as I know, the money from record sales in Japan goes to the company.

Anyway, this got me thinking about how I could incorporate the entertainment industry into the world of Ariadne. And so a character was born. And I know exactly what kind of entertainment she will do. Music these days is mainly entertainment. The messages are usually about love or social statements. Music used to be a way to tell stories in a time when many people couldn’t read or write. There’s even evidence that the aborigines of Australia have passed down songs for more than 10,000 years, describing locations that are now underwater. 10,000 years ago, sea levels were much lower because of the ice age. Well, I plan to go back to that tradition. Imagine, this singer on Ariadne is performing songs that tell a story while also using a form of illusion. I’ll leave you with that to think about.

Hugo and Nebula Award Idea

I have this great idea for the Hugo and Nebula Awards.  It’s an idea that lit up in my mind a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been unable to stop thinking about it.  This is going to take a while to do because there are so many years that these awards have been given out.

Oh, this is such a good idea, I’m gleefully cackling to myself.  Well, not really, but just imagine I am.  Oh, but I won’t be telling you what it is.  I need to protect my idea.  Oh, yes.  My preciousssssss idea.

You’ll see what it is soon.  Those nasty Hobbitses won’t steal my precioussssss.