Tuesday, October 12, 2010

You guys rock ... AND roll

Seriously, my readers have once again been a serious education for me. In response to my nakedly abject plea for help, I have received a steady stream of wonderful book-topic suggestions: Edgar Cayce, Dion Boucicault, H.P. Lovecraft, Zora Neale Hurston, Doc Holiday, Marie Laveau, and many more!

Thanks to everyone who took a moment to brainstorm with me. I wish I could say we have achieved liftoff, but this much I can say. In two days, I am heading to New York to have a "summit" with my editor (who, btw, is wonderful despite aforementioned frustrations). We will sit down together in a locked room, and neither of us will be able to leave until we have come to agreement. Will it take an hour? A day? A month? I don't care, I'm not leaving until we've got something.

At which point I will be happy to report what that something is. Personally, I can't wait to find out.

I was amused to see that my previous blog attracted the notice of the Boston Globe's Brainiac. (http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/brainiac/2010/08/want_to_be_a_ch.html) From the tone of the column, he appears to to be politely aghast at my effrontery. Me, I just see it as part of the ongoing dialogue that happens between writers and readers.

And let's face it: You guys are smarter than me. I'm not ashamed to admit it.


  1. Hey, an idea is just an idea. You're the one who will have to bring it to life. Everyone has ideas, but not just anyone will be able to turn it into a masterpiece as I'm sure you will be able to do! :)

    I wish I had been able to come up with something myself but nothing came to me. :( I'm excited to hear what you decide! Best of luck to you and your editor!

  2. I hope it goes well. Nothing sounds worse than spending twenty four hours locked in a room with an editor. Maybe a tiger, (or is that the same thing?)
    Perhaps a roomful of critics.