Let’s name your new book. No, right now. Here we go.
We’ll be done by the time this post is over. Promise.
As of this moment, there are three books in the series currently titled: Florence, Utrecht, and Chiang Mai. I knew the titles were placeholders, but I didn’t know how to replace them. Part of this is the Just Get it Published and Figure It Out Later strategy that I enjoy. Well, now it’s later.
There are 3 books in the series, but I see it going to at least 7 if not into the double digits. I really like the short format (novelette, short story, etc.) and the accompanying 1-hour-or-so audiobook.
The Foundation, Source, Anchor Word
I worked on this the other day with a fellow writer and we came up with:
- Expect the Unexpected
- Spot the Unexpected
- Choose the Unexpected
It’s a good direction and could work. It’s just “unexpected” seems so clunky to me.
Let’s see if we can improve on it. Here’s a stab at that main word:
That exercise, which took me all of 10 minutes with a thesaurus, brought Chance up to #2. As much as I like like the wonder and magic of the word “unexpected,” it’s clunky, three syllables, and has a negative prefix (un-) in there.
Here are a few definitions for “chance” (noun):
- the absence of any cause of events that can be predicted, understood, or controlled: often personified or treated as a positive agency:
Chance governs all.
- luck or fortune:
a game of chance.
- a possibility or probability of anything happening:
a fifty-percent chance of success.
- an opportune or favorable time; opportunity:
Now is your chance.
- Baseball. an opportunity to field the ball and make a put-out or assist.
- a risk or hazard:
Take a chance.
- a share or ticket in a lottery or prize drawing:
The charity is selling chances for a dollar each.
- chances, probability:
The chances are that the train hasn’t left yet.
- Archaic. an unfortunate event; mishap.
OK, well, that’s settled.
I realize you’re reading along here with no paused, but I just found the title of my next several books!
Thanks for playing along.
See how that worked.
- I opened it up for discussion, critique, feedback, etc.
- I worked through it, thought about it, mulled over it–and it didn’t need to take long.
- It came to me as I was focused on something else (namely, unexpected).
I think we’re done here. Maybe I’m not, but it’s an excellent start and it just feels right. I could be certain, or I could leave it up to … chance.
Now that I have the core, the foundation, the anchor term, I need to link the books together in a series that flows, grows, and shows. (Ooh, just made that up and I’m liking it.)
I want it to increase, to ascend, to climb, to grow. Charlie is at first lost, incredulous, not even really looking. He’s clueless. But he has a spark, a something that tells him there’s more. He doesn’t know what or how or when or what, he just knows, he hopes there’s something. Let’s play around with that.
- Open (to the idea)
- Learn (from it, study, “try”)
- See (recognize, accept)
- Seek (now that you “maybe believe” it, look for it)
- Find (can you find it when you want it?)
- Choose (actively choose it)
- Conquer (too strong, but you’re now (somewhat) in control of it)
- Master (you’re good at it)
- Play (now things get fun)
Play on Words
I’m now over at a site that finds idioms for words. Whoa, this is way too much fun for a Sunday morning. ;-O Here comes a collection:
- a chance in a million
- a fighting chance
- a one in a million chance
- a snowball’s chance in hell
- a sporting chance
- an eye for the main chance
- an eye on/for/to the main chance
- as chance/luck would have it
- as much chance as a wax cat in hell
- at the last chance saloon
- be in with a chance
- blow (one’s) chance
- Buckley’s chance
- by any chance
- by chance
- chance (one’s) arm
- chance it
- chance of a lifetime
- chance on
- chance on (someone or something)
- chance upon
- chance upon (someone or something)
- chance would be a fine thing
- chance your arm
- chances are
- Chinaman’s chance
- dog’s chance
- eye to the main chance, have an
- fancy (one’s) chances
- fancy chances
- fancy your chances
- fancy your/somebody’s chances
- fat chance
- fifty-fifty chance
- fighting chance
- ghost of a chance
- give (one) half a chance
- give (someone) a second chance
- give (someone) another chance
- Give me a chance!
- give somebody half a chance
- given half a/the chance
- half a chance
- have a dog’s chance
- have a fighting chance
- have an even chance
- have an even chance of (doing something)
- have an eye for the main chance
- have an eye on/for/to the main chance
- have an eye to/for the main chance
- have Buckley’s (chance)
- have no chance in hell
- in the last chance saloon
- in with a chance
- jump at
- jump at the chance (to do something)
- last call
- last chance (for/at/to do something)
- leap at the chance (to do something)
- leap at the opportunity
- leave to chance
- let the chance slip by
- never give a sucker an even chance
- no chance
- not a cat in hell’s chance
- not a chance
- Not a chance!
- not a Chinaman’s chance
- not a dog’s chance
- not have a (snowball’s) chance in hell
- not have a cat in hell’s chance
- not have a chance in hell (of doing something)
- not have a ghost of a chance
- not have a snowball’s chance in hell
- not have a snowball’s chance in hell and not a hope in hell
- not have a/the ghost of a chance
- not have an earthly chance
- not have the ghost of a chance
- not stand an earthly (chance)
- of a lifetime
- off chance
- on the (off) chance
- on the chance
- on the chance that
- on the off chance
- on the off-chance
- on the outside chance
- once-in-a-lifetime chance
- one chance in a million
- outside chance
- risk of rain
- slim chance
- snowball’s chance in hell
- snowball’s chance in hell, a
- sporting chance
- sporting chance, a
- stand a chance
- take (one’s) chances
- take a chance
- take a chance on
- take chances
- take one’s chances
- take the chance (to do something)
- take your chances
- the chance, etc. of a lifetime
- the last chance saloon
- Tinker to Evers to Chance
- You pays your money and you takes your chance
OK, fine, so I copied them all. There are some winners in here. Let’s scoop up a few.
There are many that lean negative, that take the side of the chance is small. That’s OK. The chance is small. The chance of rain tomorrow is truly 50/50: it’s either going to rain or it’s not. Sure, you can tell me it 20% or 80% but it’s still truly 50/50: it will or it won’t.
Ooh, this is getting fun and just way too much fun for the math guy that I am. I see dozens of book titles with chance in there. Let’s see if I can make a quick roll call of 7, ideally increasing in (statistical!) probability:
- Now is Your Chance
- A Second Chance
- Chance of a Lifetime
- As Chance Would Have It
- Leave it to Chance
- A Ghost of a Chance
- Jump at the Chance
- A Snowball’s Chance in Heaven
- Have Your Chance and Eat It Too
Now I need to let those subtitles come in.
Later-in-the-afternoon edit …
I was so excited with “Chance” that I saw the book covers in my mind. I just had to get them out. By evening, they were all live on Amazon!
This how the equation works: perspiration leads to motivation which blooms into inspiration which bursts into creation. Book covers below.
Originally published at passthesourcream.com on August 12, 2018.