OK, no one had any suggestions for the book I am writing. :P So to make it easy on my three or four regular readers (Hi Mom!) I have come up with some ideas for books. And since I have no clue on which would be a good idea, I am soliciting votes and comments. Which of the following book ideas do you think I should write? And while it is probably self evident, I would especially like to hear from people with some experience in the publishing world. IE which of these proposals has the best chance of being published? Thanks in advance.
A history book where I discuss many of the great and not so great (or at least forgotten) events in history. With an eye to entertaining, educating, and clearing up common misconceptions and simplistic ideas people have about history. Making history come alive so to speak and show that it was real people making real decisions…and how these decisions led to the world we live in today, or at least how they are related to it.
The Not So Mysterious World
A book about everything from Bigfoot to UFOs to Crop Circles and other mysteries. And, um, pointing out how most of them have simple prosaic explanations, while simultaneously discussing the germ of real mystery at the core of some of these. Basically I am going to slam both true believers and arch skeptics both, as diplomatically as possible, and discuss how mysteries like these do serve important social and psychological needs.
The Cat Year Book
A children’s book. 366 one page stories about cats, primarily meant to be read aloud to kids. Many from personal experience, others from history or friends or the news.
A Professor’s Life
A psychological fantasy. The life and times of a professor in a small college town. Various things happen that illustrate metaphysical and archetypal ideas…it will be impossible to tell what is real and what is his journey of self discovery. Except of course none of that will be obvious, it’s just stories about a guy in a odd little college town. Some chapters of this are already written, I suppose I could even post them somewhere if people are intrigued by and want to know more.
My future is in your hands gentle readers.
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