PROMPTuesday #57 – A Novel Idea

DaGoddess @ 02:29

I am just so late with everything this week, I should be put in a corner. Except no one puts Baby in the corner. Did I just call myself Baby? Why, yes. Yes, I did. Get over it. Until someone else comes up with some endearing name for me, I have to come up with them for myself.

There have been times in my life when I’ve been quite the prolific writer. I’ve written a couple of books, only to lose them to a terrible hard drive malfunction that left me cussing like a mad dog sailor on acid. I have no idea what that means, but my brain fires this stuff off and I just tippity type away.

What were my books about? The first was about a little girl, a mean sister who called her names, a lemonade stand, and a dream. The second was pretty much a “what if famous so-and-so were alive and living in my neighborhood” type thing. It was spawned after I nearly ran over someone who looked like a (then) recently deceased celebrity. But, those were stories told and lost and as hard as I’ve tried to rewrite the first one, it just didn’t flow, and now the idea just sits somewhere in the dark recesses of my mind. I’m okay with that.

That’s not what we’ve been asked to share this week, though. wants to know (come to think of it, she’s a pretty damn nosy woman, ain’t she?) what book we want to write someday. Not what we’ve written.

So what book would I write? Hmmm… How about what books would I write? I’m too diverse to be confined to just one book or just one genre! Fine, call it some creative ADHD or whatever, but that’s me.

Book 1: I want to write a book about the blues. While it would mostly be photos, I’d want to include stories about the artists, interviews I’ve done with them, how they’ve influenced my life. I want to create for new artists what Dick Waterman did for the artists he knew. Between Midnight and Day is my FAVORITE book of photographs, my favorite book on the blues, and just all around one of my favorite books.

Book 2: I want to write the funniest, most touching book on parenting ever written. I want to out Bombeck Bombeck. I want to make moms and dads both laugh and cry and nod while they read. I guess I better get started.

Book 3: I want to write a novel that will scare everyone. Not because it’s bloody and gorey and of the slasher variety, but because it’s what really happens to some children in this area. It’s based on a true story, with a lot of creative license taken. Just thinking about it makes me shiver and then cry.

Book 4: World Travel Photos and my adventures. The people I meet, the things I see, the way the world changes me.

Book 5: A children’s book that’s silly but gives kids something to carry with them through their whole lives.

Book 6: Mystery set in the deep south starring a lead character much like the one who became my first and dearest blog friend.

Book 7: I want to write a completely unbiased book on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch men and their families. Yeah, the whole famn damily as my mom used to say. We don’t get to hear too much about the people left at home. Or those who willingly married into the lifestyle. It’d be interesting.

Book 8: A sex manual. Quit laughing! You don’t know what I know. Or rather, I’m sure you don’t spend hours wondering what it is that I know, nor are you certain you want to find out. For you, this is not. But there is an audience for such a book.

And that, my friends, is what I intend to do someday. I’ll need a little cabin in the middle of nowhere, a cabana boy to tend to all my needs, good friends to occasionally drop in and make sure I’m still alive and to provide me with more fodder. And mostly, I need my muse to get up off her heavily sedated rump and start working with me.

Not asking for much. Just enough.


  1. …and when you’re rich and famous, I can say ‘I knew her when she was a poor blogger, just like the rest of us poor bloggers. But I saw that spark in her; I knew she was destined for greater things.’


    Comment by Pam — 2009/05/29 @ 06:03

  2. Make ’em laugh, make ’em cry, huh?


    Comment by Cheri @ Blog This Mom! — 2009/05/29 @ 06:56

  3. Just don’t forget us lesser mortals when you get famous!

    Comment by Jan — 2009/05/29 @ 10:09

  4. Jan, being one of the Greater Mortals, you’re first on the list.

    I’ll just be sending the check from Pam’s house because I owe her a long visit (haunting/weekend of terror).

    Cheri, don’t worry, you and Deb are going to star in one novel. Yep. I have plans for you.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/05/29 @ 10:56

  5. “Did I just call myself Baby? Why, yes. Yes, I did. Get over it. Until someone else comes up with some endearing name for me …”

    I was about to suggest one, but if you’re going to put me in a novel or sex manual because of it, then never mind :-)

    BTW, book suggestion #4 rhymes, so perhaps you can combine that with #5 as the next Dr. Seuss …?

    Comment by Lloyd — 2009/05/29 @ 18:47

  6. You’re right, #4 does rhyme a bit.

    And now I wanna hear the name.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/05/29 @ 18:54

  7. Don’t worry. I am not going to steal any of those ideas.

    (Yes I am.)

    (No I’m not.)

    (Just the Deadliest Catch one.)

    (And the parenting one.)

    (Also maybe the Southern murder mystery.)

    Comment by San Diego Momma — 2009/05/29 @ 21:26

  8. You’re allowed, as you’re my partner in writing crime these days anyway.

    One of these days we’re going to do some story exchanging and write a whole damn novel.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/05/29 @ 21:40

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