My book has been doing really well on Amazon this week. If you're my Facebook friend, you may have seen this post on Tuesday:
Figures change hourly, but as I write this on Tuesday morning, Bastard Husband is up to #3, way ahead of Steve Martin, who's now at #8. And I'm #1 in a couple of divorce categories.
I know I have a good product; I know it's well written and that people of all ages and both sexes really like it. Everyone asks when my next book will be out--it's been almost three years since BH was released. The truth is, I have no freakin' clue. I don't even know what my next book will be about.
I've been kicking around ideas over the past couple of years, but I can't seem to find the passion to get anything rolling and maintain the momentum. Here's what I've come up with:
- A David Sedaris type of book, a collection of funny reflections on life. Kind of general topics.
- A humorous self-esteem boost in the vein of some of my "Great advice from me" posts.
- (Working title) How to Survive Your Day Job Until You Can Quit Your Day Job -- elaborating on this post. This would leverage my years of experience in corporate outplacement and teaching career development workshops, but it would be funny, too.
- A screenplay (or regular play) in the vein of My Dinner With Andre, the 1981 film in which Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant. My version would be funny, and with two women. My Dinner with Andrea.
- A screenplay in the vein of The Straight Story, the 1999 film in which an old man (Richard Farnsworth) makes a long journey by tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother. My version is actually a lot different--an 8-year-old girl is growing out of her cool little motorized car and drives cross-country by herself to deliver it to a young relative. I got this idea from Mike's daughter, who wants to give her car to my granddaughter, Hazel, in New York because she's getting too big for it. It's a fantasy--duh--but having made two cross-country trips myself, I know some places she could stop and meet characters along the way. And you know the kid's gonna end up in a biker bar. I think this is actually my favorite of the possible projects.
So what do you think? Does anything grab you? Do you have an idea for something completely different?
Or maybe I'm just a one-hit wonder, the Norman Greenbaum of memoir writing. Norman Greenbaum... an obscure reference that I know a few of you will get. :) I love doing that.
Please send your thoughts!