Halo, fine friends!!!
I am over at Roland Yeoman's blog today talking about my ancestral muses--the women in my family tree who made me feel I could conquer the world. Wouldn't THEY be shocked to realize they were responsible for Naked World Domination!? On second thought... maybe not so much... So come see me over there and learn a little about my grandmamas!
And then just a quick thought about SHARING ideas.
It's funny how we can sometimes be very protective of our book ideas... and understandable. And I have ideas I definitely pause before letting out. But the reality is the SAME idea in different hands can lead to VERY different results. Take my buddy Liz Crowe and I... and the idea of microbrew mysteries... and look at HER microbrew erotica and MY cozy mystery and just TRY to convince me there isn't room for both of us. If her erotica has a mystery, that's fine--it will NOT taste the same as mine. If my mystery has some romance that's FINE, it will not taste the same as hers.
Candilynn Fite, who had seen me on Alex's blog on Monday sent me an idea of HERS that fit my Gardening Cozy theme. And it's BRILLIANT! I've written the first three in my series, but if they contract me for more, I totally want to figure out how to use her thoughts! And it was wonderful and generous of her to send it. But she was thinking--hey, it's a great idea, and I'm not going to use it.
A while back, I did the SAME THING. I had a dream about a restaurant critic (who was sorely asking to be murdered) and sent the idea to Elizabeth Spann Craig (who used it in Finger Lickin Dead).
I feel like the love just flows if we spread it around, eh? So THANK YOU, Candilynn!
Any of the rest of you share a plot you weren't using? How did it work out?