Need a Title? Just Run it Out.

One of the things that has helped/hindered the success of my book, REBEL HEART, is that there are a lot of other books out right now with that title. (I actually pilfered it from an instrumental by The Corrs, and it still screwed me.) I mean it helps because people who are searching for the other, more well-known versions might discover mine, but what if it hinders me ┬ábecause they’re ticked that my book isn’t the one they thought it was?

This vexes me. I am terribly vexed. Maybe I should only use one popular word in a title and make the rest unique. Yeah! That’s it. Okay, let’s see…”Runner” sounds cool. Plenty of action in that word. All right, we’re on track. Just gotta make sure it’s not taken.

The Runner

Crap. Okay. I’ll just check the rest.

Blade Runner

That looks weird. Where’s Han Solo?

The Kite Runner

Stupid–kites don’t run.

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Okay, sure. Cool. I’ll keep looking.


Grrr, that would have been a great title! Maybe I’ll riff it. Switch the words or something.



Night Runner (Night Runner, #1)

Well…I can tweak that a little bit…



Runner Runner (2013) Poster

Runner Runner

Runner. RUNNER.

I officially give up.

Maybe there are some, like, vampire ideas that haven’t been taken yet.

ITY2K! “Great Expectations” Edition

Doubtless in school you were told that certain books were “classics” because, well, they just were. If your teacher felt especially generous, they might go on to say that great works of classic literature captured the spirit of their time so that we could better understand the era whence they sprang.

Problem is, most of those stories are boring, or the concept lacks relevance today, or I just thought it would be funny to riff on it…and thus this stream of comics was born.

Ergo, I present to you, ITY2K! Today’s victim? GREAT EXPECTATIONS, ┬áby Charles Dickens.