Sometime last week, I chatted with Ingela F. Hyatt on twitter. Her father passed this year, and she mentioned he wouldn’t get the opportunity to read her second novel.
Of course it got me thinking about my dad, who’s spent the last 7-8 years recovering from a stroke. I constantly worry he’s going to kick the bucket out of the blue, cause his health isn’t so great. On top of that, he doesn’t take care of himself the way he should. Then again, he might outlive me. 🙂
So I’m thinking, I’ve never shared the writing aspect of my life with my dad. I’m pushing the 1 1/2 year mark, and my dad doesn’t know how I spend most of my time. Well, I finally got up the nerve to tell him last week.
At first he was surprised. I droned on about my plans to self-publish and rattled off some random statistics about the traditional route which may or may not be true. 🙂 When he asked me what type of books I write, I started with Paranormal Romance. He seemed quite interested in that. Then I decided to take the plunge and managed to get “Erotica” out loud and clear…not a squeak in my voice.
Dad: What’s that you say?
Dad: Hmm…I don’t think I’ve heard of that before.
Me: It’s about sex, Dad. Sex.
Dad: Oh…I…thought that’s what it was. I…I just didn’t want to say.
Yeah, neither did I, but I was on a roll. So we chatted a bit more. A bit of skepticism started to creep into my dad’s voice. “Eventually you’ll run out of ideas.”
Dad doesn’t know me very well. 🙂 Coming up with ideas is no problem. My ideas folder currently has 68 items in it. Ideas are no problem, getting them on paper…now that’s a problem.
Shadow Cat came to me August 2008. It was my first complete story idea. I spent a month writing it before I put it aside for a year and returned to it in August 2009. The next month, I started my ideas folder. 68 items not including the random stuff I jot on paper at odd moments–in my bible, slips of paper, notebooks–probably never to be seen again. 🙂
“Dad,” I said. “I’ll probably be dead before I write 68 pieces. Trust me, I won’t run out of ideas.”
What about you? How do you track your ideas? Are they easy coming?