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Embarrassment of Riches, Part II

May 29, 2010  Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft   10 Comments

Help a brother out, will you?

I am about to hunker down and Get’er Done on a new novel. I have ideas for twenty of those suckers, and, and, and

Which one do I pursue? Right now, I haven’t the foggiest. I’m not one of the writers who sit there, looking at the blinking cursor and go all mind-blank. Which little darling do I give my attention? They all call to me. I’ve bullied my ideas and cried and drank, and narrowed the field to four:

The Baby Dancers

I started this novel and I would love to finish it. I got distracted with a different novel in a different genre. Now, having purged that from my system, this book awaits.

The Baby Dancers is a YA Fantasy about two brothers embarking on a quest in a strange world to rescue their baby cousin from the powerful wizard who stole her. As they become familiar with the new world they find themselves in, they realize they may be fighting on the wrong side of an ancient war.


I’ve thoroughly outlined this adult fantasy novel. It’s a hero quest. A mighty warrior, who derives her power from song, sings a love song at dawn at a lake, a lake she did not know was magical. The song awakens a dragon while the run-away magical energies sweep the warrior away to places unknown.

Now the dragon, which can shape change into a woman with fiery red hair at will, takes up the quest to find the warrior who sang to her. She travels with the warrior’s companions, alternately trying to figure out who she is, other than being a fearsome dragon, and why the love song the warrior sang haunts her dreams.

Mutant Alien Zombie Killing Cheerleaders from Utah

I kid you not, that’s the title! This fun, but dark, little romp centers on four teen girls who, on their way home from an away football game, witness multiple meteor strikes in the woods near their town. The meteors glow a strange red, except for one, which glows an eerie green.

They approach the green meteor, and it turns out not to be a meteor, but some type of automated technology. The robot seizes them and injects them with a strange substance, which gives them several abilities, and makes them immune to the Zombie Plague. This is a good thing, since the red meteors spread the Zombie Plague.

Being immune, while everyone else is not, makes for a terrible time for our heroines, as they face the trials and tribulations of a zombie apocalypse without knowing what to do to stop it.

Death by Decades

This grim mystery centers on a man who learns something very strange is going on when someone tries to kill him on his twentieth birthday. The man who tries to kill him looks exactly like the man who tried to kill him when he was ten. As his thirtieth birthday approaches, he learns that a man fitting the same description of the bad guy from the prior two murder attempts tried to break into the maternity ward when he was born.

Now the man is married, and his wife, a cop and certainly no mouse, doesn’t believe him. Our hero embarks on his quest to find answers. With his marriage on the rocks and his sanity being questioned, can he find the answers to this decade assassin and stop him once and for all?

Well, there you have the four book projects clamoring for my attention. The concept of “finishing what you started” somewhat eats at me to complete The Baby Dancers. But, as someone pointed out several years ago, the manuscript is not going anywhere, so I should write to what calls to me.

This is my problem. They all do! Dragonsong is an epic hero quest and the characterization is very strong, and I love the story. Love it a lot. One of the main characters is the person I refer to in this post.

Mutant Alien Zombie Killing Cheerleaders from Utah is a dark romp of pure firearm goodness, with snappy dialog and mountains of relentless conflict. It’s a cross between Left for Dead and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Death by Decades is a dip in the noir pool, and interests me because it is so very dark, and would be quite the writing challenge.

So, help a brother out. What sounds good to you? Obviously, I am attracted to multiple genres. This does not help me. It’s an embarrassment of riches. I feel surrounded by four lovers, each beautiful and enticing in her own way, but the jig is up and they are making me pick amongst them.

Comment below!

10 comments on: Embarrassment of Riches, Part II

  1. Gary Corby May 29, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Baby Dancers or Death By Decades.

    Both have an interesting premise, built in conflict ready to go, and imply the central character(s) have some personal realization to experience.

    • Anthony May 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions and stopping by, Gary!

  2. diane May 30, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Wow! They all seem like they would be great fun to read! I’d go with Baby Dancers first. Then Dragonsong, followed by Death by Decades, and finally the cheerleader-zombie-apocalypse story.

    • Anthony May 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm

      Oooooo I do so love a woman that can prioritize a list. Thanks for reading my overtly long blog entry!

  3. J.C May 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    They all sound like they’d be interesting to write/read, and appeal to me for different reasons. I kind of feel like I should say ‘Finish the goddamn Baby Dancers!’ because they’ve been lurking around for so long, but if thats not what is calling, as you say, it’ll still be there later.

    So, Death by Decades sounds like an interesting concept – I’d love to know who the man is trying to kill him and how the story resolves! I love dark, so that’s what I’d go with.

    I love the idea you’ve put forward for Dragonsong as well, but I guess I’m not so into fantasy at the moment. Zombie killing cheerleaders? If anyone can pull that off and make me want to read it, its you.

    Hmm, so I don’t know! Write whatever you want to, you know I’ll read it 😉 I think that Death by Decades, or Dragonsong would be a bigger challenge for you right now though, as they sound so different from Lexus. I think you need a challenge. Push yourself, dive into something deep and see where it takes you.

    • Anthony May 30, 2010 at 3:16 pm

      Oooo Cassie speaks to my baser literary instincts, yes she does.

  4. diane May 31, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I hope you’re going to tell us which one you chose!

  5. Tony Noland June 1, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I like the Baby Dancers. Death by Decades sounds intriguing, but I could see some logistical reasons for it being a difficult write.

    • Anthony June 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm

      Death by Decades would be a challenge for me simply because it would require a concise outlining to start with. Otherwise, it would go over 100k words as I attempt to tie up lose ends. The technical challenge does appeal to me.

      So much interest in the Baby Dancers!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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