When thinking about things I would like to accomplish in my lifetime, something that often comes to mind is writing a book. It seems like a great idea, until I realize I can barely make my posts cohesive enough to justify a blog. Perhaps that’s why I went the route of Tumblr, where random seems to reign almighty.
If I dissect what I tend to blog about, I do find a few key topics:
1. My 30-Something Life Crisis. Of course, I couldn’t even keep a blog going about that single topic for more than a few posts, until I gave up and decided to write about whatever the hell I wanted to. So, obviously that’s a bad idea. Rejected Book Idea #1.
2. Funny stories about differences between living in the North versus the South. I’m pretty sure I don’t have enough stories to make an entire book about this, but a humorous memoir on that topic would be fun to write. Unfortunately, humorous memoirs are kind of a thing right now. I have no problem piggy-backing on what’s hot, but I’d bet publishers and literary agents are currently wading through a deluge of them. And, as I like to joke, I don’t actually live in the South, I live in The Retirement Community for New Yorkers. Sounds like a best seller to me! Rejected Book Idea #2 (or at least shelved until memoirs are no longer hip and/or I have enough funny stories to make it a worthwhile read).
3. My previous hellish job working for a minister. I do have a sh’load of stories from this job, some funny, some sad, and some rage-inducing. The content is all there—- the trouble is writing it in such a way that it is either completely anonymous or only about events that I have tangible evidence to prove they happened, so I don’t get my sorry butt sued. Or, I could turn it into a pseudo-fiction book, a la The Devil Wears Prada. I could call it The Devil Drives an Escalade but Still Can’t Afford to Pay Me or The Devil Works in Christian Ministry. That of course would make it another Christian rip-off of an already awesome thing. We have quite enough of those. So, until I can flesh this into a better idea, that makes this Rejected Book Idea #3.
Look for Rejected Book Ideas, Volume Two: Piggy-backing Off the Teen Paranormal Romance Phenomenon, coming soon!