Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about me.
As some of you may recall, I mentioned last Fall that I was working on a short-story collection for publication. (Let’s be real, we’re talking about “self-publication”, that nasty phrase that instantly causes people you meet to change their tune from “You’ve been published!” to “Oh, I think there’s somebody more important over there. Nice talking to you!”)
Granted, I’d rather self-publish one of the several novels I’ve been working on since RuPaul was a child. But all of those efforts are in stasis, floundering about. (Those of you who also write books will recognize this predicament: The plot is fine so far, I have hundreds of semi-competent pages piled up, but that one final click you need to wrap it all up and give the madness some sanity is just not there yet.) So, I’m going with the short-story collection until one of the logjams breaks with the pre-natal books-in-progress.
And this is where you come in, Dear Reader.
What are your favorite stories that you’ve read here at Bonnywood? Which of the admittedly haphazard, random things I have unleashed in this tiny corner of the Blogtopia made you think “Huh, I might actually want to read this thing again someday, especially if there’s nothing new on NetFlix and/or you’ve got 30 minutes to kill until the dryer finishes tumbling the linens from the guest bedroom.”
Now, some of you are probably thinking “well, hell, I liked that one story about the Kumquat Insurrection but I don’t remember what it was called.” No worries. Titles are not important. Just throw a description in the comments and I should be able to figure out your reference. There’s a chance that I will woefully misinterpret your words, but that possibility is always there, based on the innumerable times I have completely missed the boat when it comes to comments. (I still feel flashbacks of shame from that one time I thought the comment was about an especially randy round of rural nookie when she really was talking about shucking corn.) Throw caution to the wind and let’s see where it lands.
I realize that some of you will simply give this post a courtesy “like” and then simply move on with your life, but the once-innocent Oklahoma boy in me hopes that an equal amount of you will help me out in this little adventure. I really would like to collect the Best of Bonnywood, from the readers’ perspective, not mine, and see if I can make my midnight scribblings into something more. As writers, we all have a yearning to capture those moments in time when we got things just a little bit right, even if some of us pretend that we don’t have that hope.
So, tell me what you want, what you really, really want. Zig-a-zig ah! (Did you really think I could make it through this post without a pop culture reference?)
Oh, and here’s a random sample of the stories that I’m considering as candidates for the collection, just to give you an idea. Don’t let this selection limit you, these are just contemplations:
Again, don’t let this selection influence your choices and suggestions. I’d really like to hear what each of you considers some of the less-disastrous moments here at Bonnywood. Speak your mind and run with the wind.
Wide-Eyed Oklahoma Boy
Story behind the opening photo: Another snap from Hidden Valley Ranch in Pecos, New Mexico. I like how it’s not clear what you might be looking at, but there sure seems to be a lot of things that might prove interesting, if you just take the time to nurture and feed them…
Categories: Work In Progress