brothercyst: future projects

Monday, April 28, 2008

future projects

I have tentative writing projects, mostly novels but also other things, planned out for the next few years. I will continue to work at my day job for purposes of subsistence and sanity but I will be writing many things. Here are some titles of things I want to write. This is a test. If you heard of a book coming out with any of these titles, what would you think?

strangelets
The Backyard Planet
The Arm Garden
Last Years on Earth
Throwing Up Wine
Human Night

Blood-flavored Ice-Cream
[and its sequel...]
Sex-flavored Sorbet

Comment, or tell me in person if applicable.

13 comments:

Eric Shonkwiler said...

strangelets: I'd think it's a pop conceptual science book. Buck Hardchin must stop the Skull and Bones society from activating the superconductor.
The Backyard Planet: Gardening?
The Arm Garden: Gardening again? With arms?
Last Years on Earth: Would look at the blurb, at least. Apocalypses sell.
Throwing Up Wine: Ditto.
Human Night: Vague.
Blood-flavored Ice-Cream + Sex-flavored Sorbet: I'd have to look into them.

brian said...

I like Throwing up Wine the most. Human night is cool too. What are these books about if you don't mind me asking. you probably don't want to give away ideas. I stumbled across this site when I was looking to see if you wrote any other books since I loved Fires. I write a lot myself. Never seem to get a novel done. Can never stretch the story out for 200 pages. Always ends to soon. Where did you get the ideas for Midnight Picnic and all these other novel ideas?

paula said...

strangelets
I like this title, but a title is only as good as the story it pulls together, of course! Moby Dick? It's a good title because of the book.

Also, I'm a big fan of the "working title". Sometimes, a title is what helps you through a book, a thread of sorts, but then later, you rename it for something that sells the book or represents the book better (because books often change while being written, no?)


The Backyard Planet
I like it in itself...

The Arm Garden
Last Years on Earth
Both evoke interesting concepts.

Throwing Up Wine
Not sure you can use throwing up successfully in a title, but hey, what do I know.

Human Night
I agree with Eric, it's a bit vague, but again, if the book end up "earning" the title, then all's good.

Blood-flavored Ice-Cream
[and its sequel...]
Sex-flavored Sorbet
Now, I would just have to know more about the book! I would hate to say something bad about these titles because I've misunderstood how they relate to the books...

Titles are a bit like band names- like aforentioned Moby Dick, or War and Peace, really, or Led Zeppelin or The Beatles or The Pixies- its always the book that makes the title.

But I did like your comment "why didn't someone intervene?' regarding All The So on and So Forth Men...and yet from what I gather, I would disagree with you, this from just reading reviews and Nplus1 - It sounds like a great title for such a book!

Kati S said...

I like Backyard Planet the best, but only if it's sans the "The." And probably only if it's a children's story like Jumanji or something.

strangelets, of course, is untouchable.

The rest are a little visceral for me, except for Last Years on Earth, which is just kind of generic.

Nick said...

Eric - thanks. Backyard Planet will actually be a beginner's guide to gardening, I think. (If I ever wrote a novel about someone trying to thwart Skull & Bones, I would have to name my protagonist Dink Stover after an infamous and absurd bildungsroman from the early twentieth century called "Stover at Yale." The text is online somewhere...I read a little of it once.)

Brian - thanks for commenting. Yeah, I don't want to describe plots, except to say that strangelets is not really science fiction but a misanthropic comedy of social anxiety interrupted by scenes of catastrophic terrorism, and Human Night was possible for this project I'm collaborating with a friend on. I got the idea for Fires from a news article about a fire burning a suburb in California and from Kate Millet's The Basement, about the Sylvia Likens murder. I got the idea for Midnight Picnic from a posting on grouphug.us about a guy who had accidentally run over his dog and felt really bad about it.

Paula - of course, you're right that the book is pretty important too... And there are great works with shitty titles (really, "Taxi Driver" and "Boogie Nights" are two of the most unappealing titles ever). I hope to be the first to successfully use Throwing Up in a title. If not for that book maybe another.

Kati - actually, I had a YA novel in mind. I got an idea that just makes more sense like that. Do you mean you like strangelets?

Kati S said...

Yeah, yeah. Untouchable="like."

paula said...

Two title impressions, albeit movie titles-

I just saw We Own the Night. What is up with that title? Someone please explain it to me.

And a few nights ago, I saw Gone Baby Gone. Now that title really worked for me. The way one character has it as a line somewhere in the middle of movie. But I am also a pretty big Dennis Lehane fan.

BLAKE BUTLER said...

the arm garden seems most intriguing to me.

i would definitely look @ bloodflavored ice cream.

we own the night is the police motto in the movie.

paula said...

A really funny piece on titles for books, tv, movies, etc...

http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/kip_tobin/2008/04/without-tits-th.html

Nick said...

I have an amazing idea for what 'The Arm Garden' is. I don't know if I'll ever have a chance to write it. Or maybe it's a short story. It would refer to a particularly strange kind of capital punishment on another planet.

Nick said...

I didn't like We Own the Night. I liked the car scene in the rain but nothing else really interested me. And I love cop movies.

paula said...

Capital punishment on another planet! Fantastic. That reminds me of the bit from Midnight Picnic that you read a fw weeks ago... surrealish spooky, maybe bit funny in a dark way. Are you a big Ursula Leguin fan? (Also, what comes to mind re: The Arm Garden is Atwood's The Blind Assassin...)Anyway, I hope you write the story/novel!

Thanks to the person for clarifying why that movie was called We Own The Night. I was having cocktails whilst watching it late at night sort of thing...I do remember the car/rain scene- it was good. I also liked the sort of sex scene near the beginning btwn Eva Mendes and Juaquim(sp?) in the club's office. Overall? Not sure, like I said- cocktal night. But I also am fairly easy to please regarding cop movies, and movies in general. As long as it doesn't completely suck like 90 percent of the stuff out there, I'm happy.

monster paperbag said...

The Arm Garden sounds cool :).