I love coming up with titles for stories and other pieces of writing. Actually, I hardly ever make them up – they usually come right at me.
Like “Old, Interesting & Cheap.” Could be a thousand different bad jokes there. But actually, it was a small sign on a remainder bin at our local Half-Price Books. Every writer’s nightmare – not only are your books being sold at a second-hand store for at least half-price, they don’t even rate being INSIDE the store. At least they are “interesting,” right?
Though, actually, being in a remainder bin means you were actually published, so there was some very good news along the way at least.
Anyway, I always have more titles than stories. And often I have many pieces of stories but none of them are complete.
Last week, I had an idea for a story and pour about a five-hundred words out into my journal. As I was adding to it the other day in my journal, I realized that the beginning of another story I’d written was part of this story. I just didn’t know it at the time.
So today I am joining them together.
I have two ideas for titles of this story but neither are quite right or even very good: “Empty and Idle” and “Insert Tab A into Slot B”. Other titles floating around: “Satan Cashed the Check” and “What We Most Resist.” I’m sure the stories will come along sooner or later.
I do have some wonderful news about two of my other, completed stories (with great titles, if I do say so myself):
- A Divorced Man’s Guide to the First Year will be published by Flint Hills Review in early 2012.
- Earthquake Weather was accepted by Terrain.org and will be published online in fall of 2012 (so long to wait!).
So I write on.
In the morning, I travel to my parents’ house on the west coast for “vacation,” though I will still be working my day job remotely. Hope to write plenty though, and especially get to work on another draft of a novel.