Novel-length stories swirl in my brain sometimes. Here are a few of them which i am quite confident i will never write–unless someone wants to pay me to do so.
- A single-again woman fantasizes about marrying many men and the fantasy includes eliminating their wives. Her infatuation with a fellow member of her church grows steamier and steamier, and she imagines his wife dying of cancer. The wife actually does die of cancer, she and the widower start dating, and she doesn’t like him at all. Working title? Maybe Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!
- If You Had Not Plowed with My Heifer… Inspired by the story of Samson, the title quoted from Judges 14:18. The heifer referenced is Samson’s wife (at least his second), referred to throughout the tale only as the woman, Samson’s wife, and heifer. I would strive to write this episode–in which the wife tells Samson’s enemy the answer of a riddle about how to take away his strength–less absurdly than the biblical telling. Different purposes, different kinds of literature, different times, of course.
- Samson An illustrious, accomplished entrepreneur has to come to terms with the dark secret of his horrific behavior as a very young boy. There may or may not be a connection to Samson–hmm–and Delilah…
- The Stump Grinder’s Wife That’s all i have, so far, provided when i was visiting friends. He left the room to answer the phone and when he returned, she asked him who had called. Answer: the stump grinder’s wife. We all thought it would be a great title.
- Passions Drowned Told from the viewpoint of Harriet Westbrook, first wife of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Harriet was a 16 year old school girl struggling with depression and Shelley her 19 year old rescuer. They eloped to Scotland in 1911 and her 28 year old sister came to live with them. The poet left her three years later, when she was pregnant with their second child, but their relationship continued. In 1816, she drowned. In 1822, he drowned. Many resources are available and the story would be rich with romantic literary history, as well as politics, philosophy and theology, and include many affairs and births of children labeled illegitimate, which seems a pretty archaic term these days.
- A Big House in a Little Town Actually, i do plan to write this one but not for publication, only as a private, personal memoir, once i get beyond Beyond the Gate, the novel currently occupying me.
- When I was Cookie Volume 2 of my memoir.
I hope some of you will give this some thought and answer: What would be the title of your autobiography?