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It’s never wise to get too invested in a title, since the publisher might decide not to use the one you think is perfect for your story.

Still, hope springs eternal, so I’ve got pages and pages of them scribbled in a notebook next to my computer. Most of them are titles without any foreseeable books attached, sometimes because I thought of them in the abstract, but also the ones I’ve auditioned when I’m trying to find the perfect one for a work-in-progress.

I was looking at that list today and noted that some of them are pretty silly. I guess that’s part of the fun of collecting them – it’s a creative outlet, but also just cheap entertainment.

I considered posting some of them here – again just for fun – but the silly ones are pretty embarrassing, and the good ones are good enough to hoard. Not that hoarding makes a lot of sense, since an author can’t copyright a title, much less count on it being unique in any way. Still, I’m no fool – sort of – so I made one up just for this blog entry. I love it so much, I’d drop everything and write a romantic comedy to go with it if I were independently wealthy. But I’m not, so here goes:

Tyrannical Rex

Can’t you just imagine the story? He could be a temperamental paleontologist who meets his match in the heroine, who could be zany – maybe she’s been making wind chimes out of old bones she found on her ranch – or she could be a reporter who is hounding him about his latest discovery; or she could even be his mild-mannered assistant who has been the silent factor in his success and who decides she’s had enough and leaves him with comical results and lots of groveling.

But of course, Rex doesn’t have to be a paleontologist at all. That might even be gilding the lily, right? He can just be an arrogant rich guy who’s used to having his way until he meets you-know-who. Or he could be the king (get it? Rex?) of some tiny little eastern European country who’s looking for an American bride…

Hmm, okay, maybe I don’t want to write Tyrannical Rex after all. I’ll leave it for the children’s authors.

But that’s the best thing about the titles in my little red notebook – I don’t actually have to write the books to love the idea of them.

And just to prove that some of them are good, here’s an actual entry in my notebook: Cross Winds . Good one, right? I sooo want to write that story! But here I am, putting it on the internet, where millions – okay, maybe dozens – of people will see it.

Cross Winds is one of the best titles I’ve never written. One of the worst, I guess, is Tyrannical Rex . But I love ‘em both. And I hope you have fun making up your own stories to go along with them.

BTYL, Kate

p.s. if you think if a good one for Tyrannical Rex drop me a line and tell me the story at katedonovan at hotmail dot com. Thanks!



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 10th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
Tyrranical Rex
Here's my take on Tyrannical Rex:

Of course it'll be chick-centric, and she's the paleontologist who discovers the gene that makes dinosaurs all tame and docile. And so she, together with her team, decides to resurrect the dinosaurs from dormant DNA (a'la Jurassic Park) and injecting the docile gene.

The hero is the debunker, warning her that dinosaurs are inherently tyrannical (heh) and predicts her failure. But of course, things go haywire and they have to work together to make things right. Hehe!
Apr. 10th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Tyrranical Rex
Oops, forgot to sign the post above. 'Tis I, Karmela!
Apr. 11th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
Re: Tyrranical Rex
Hey Karm, good story! I think you've got Jurassic Park on the brain because of your recent cruise through the islands. Very cool picture on your blog!

May. 7th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
contest update
I’ve been keeping a tally of the “voting” for the most popular T.Rex plot and I have to say, I’m surprised to see which one is winning. I’m also pleased, because I’m a fan of screwball comedies, but lately, it seems like everyone’s so serious – even about their humor – that zany didn’t stand a chance. Nice to know I was wrong!

Of course, I like the other plots too, but the heroine making wind chimes from dinosaur bones appealed to me. Probably because I’ve been writing Bombshells lately, and those heroines are busy saving the world and such, so they don’t have a lot of time to stop and smell the roses.

Will I ever write a zany Bombshell heroine? Probably. It’s just a matter of time. And one of the cool things about the Bombshell editors is that they let you push the limits of the genre in just about any way you choose.

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