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16 March 2010 @ 08:09 pm
ideas are cheap, but good :)  

Sometimes people give me book ideas*. TRUTHSEEKER (out in September!) is one such idea, suggested by my friend Jai. Marith has given me a couple ideas over the years. Ted gives me ideas all the time, usually to my sort of gleeful despair, because I cannot possibly keep up with him. I have long-since had plans to take one of Deborah’s world ideas, turn it on its ear, and make a series of it. Geni picked a phrase out of a Shakespearian play which inspired a two or three book series in my little mind. And today I logged into my main chat room and was greeted by Merlin saying, “I had this odd novel idea you should write in your copious free time,” and then spelling a rather magnificent gaslight fantasy world out for me. He said, “I know I won’t write it, but it really wants to be written, so you must make it possible for me to read this.”

He is totally right, and someday in my copious free time I will write it, because it’s a *fantastic* idea. :)

In other (vaguely related) news, all 8 sets of the Walker Papers have been purchased, so I will get those in the mail this week. And if anybody else wants to buy a copy of COYOTE DREAMS or WALKING DEAD, let me know and we’ll get the particulars sorted out!

The Road Home: miles to Isengard: 172.5
ytd wordcount: 93,600

*This is not at all like the standard “I have a book idea, you should write it and we’ll split the proceeds” offer that writers so often get. One of the beautiful things about my friends is that they know a lot of working writers, and are very aware that while ideas are cheap, implementation is hard. Most of them, the occasional quelchable impulse aside, don’t want to write books. Most of them are also very creative, and occasionally have an idea like Merlin’s which they know perfectly well they won’t write, and so are happy to suggest it to someone like me, who *might*. And while there is not a chance I’m going to run out of ideas, I really do *love* it when someone hands over an idea like this**.

**this is not an open invitation for everyone to do so. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on March 16th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
I am lucky enough to Beta read for friends, plus do a little research on the side, so the story and plot are up to the Author. Writing is hard work, and good writing is even harder.

blitheringpooksblitheringpooks on March 16th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
But surely you will want to write me a book about a unicorn with violet eyes who lives with the faerie in the land of sugar plum rainbows!!!
Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on March 16th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)

What's even worse than the "I have a great idea for a book" people are the ones who have something they think is an idea but isn't even that.

"I have a great idea for a book! There's this planet, you see, and it has a lot water and continents and different countries, and people speak different languages, and there are wars and stuff! Wouldn't that make a great story?"

I just smile and say, "It's been done."
Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on March 17th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
I actually *do* want to write books, and I *can* write books, but the other things I love have all taken higher priority, so I instead let that inner writer out by giving my ideas to people I think can act on them. I also do this rarely because there are a lot more bad ideas than good ideas. =)
kitmizkit on March 17th, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
I think that may be sort of what I really meant when I said "don't want to write books", but it got too complicated to spell it out that way. :)

I woke up still full of glee over your idea. Now if I could only find some copious free time lying around... :)
Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on March 17th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
From reading your schedule I think you can fit it in in a couple of years? =) Well, we'll see how having a little one impacts your scheduling!
Brian: evil kitty laughlogrusboy on March 17th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Damn! And here I was, all set to pitch you my Not Quite As Old A Race idea, aka Duncan MacLeod needs a Negotiator.
SaffronRosesaffronrose on March 21st, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
How many more titles of yours are coming from very small presses? My bookpusher is very good at finding pubinfo, but you've stumped her twice now!

I have no problem with small presses, except finding info on them sometimes.
kitmizkit on March 21st, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
Those are the only two on the table right now. I believe RUNNING WITH THE PACK (the werewolf anthology) is coming from a somewhat larger press. :)
SaffronRosesaffronrose on March 21st, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Running with the Pack is already ordered, so I shan't worry. Never heard of that press, either. Ah me, so out of touch.