Back in March 2012, book co-editor Michelle Nijhuis (bio) updated the group on the auction where publishing houses would be bidding on our book project. Our agent helped us navigate the auction as well as what to expect in forthcoming contracts, which now include exotic species like theme park rights.
Our fantasy rides got a little dark, but then you would expect that from writers–we don’t tend to write from the Happiest Place on Earth. We science riders love a good thrill ride that takes unexpected twists and turns and leaves you feeling both exhilarated and perhaps a little queasy afterward. And then we get in line and come back for more.
Michelle: Finally, a Friday diversion: Six Flags SciLance! (Andrew tells us that many book contracts now include not only movie rights but theme park rights, so what the heck?) In my carnival game, you have to hit moving targets with a squirt gun. And every few minutes, a pail of icy water pours over your head. It’s called Cold Pitch. What’s yours?
Doug Fox (bio): Can I design a Killed Story Scary House where a whole band of editors from various places chases you up a rickety spiral staircase and then catches you at the top of the tower and pecks your liver out beneath the baleful gaze of a large orange gibbous moon?
Anne Sasso (bio): I want a bunch of those Photo-op False Front Things, you know the ones that you stand behind and stick your face through the hole? They would be covers of all the best magazines. And there would be a magnetic board on the front where you can compose the cover blurb and byline for your article.
Bryn Nelson (bio): The SpouseLance Tunnel of Love. You and your partner are whisked through a charming tableau of cupids and hearts while romantic music plays softly in the background–until you suddenly remember a deadline and flip open your laptop. Hilarity ensues.
Hillary Rosner (bio): And of course there has to be Whack-an-Editor*. And in all the carnival games you collect prize tickets, but when you try to redeem them they tell you they’ll send your prize later.
Gisela Telis (bio): We should also have a Check Chasin’ Derby, where you chase a floating check through a maze with your hands tied behind your back. And you’re blindfolded. AND you have to ask a new person at every turn of the maze which way you’re supposed to go. And maybe there are wolves after you. Too dark?
My response: Uh, too easy! Not enough hoops to jump through…make that flaming hoops.
I’m envisioning the Feast-or-Famine Tilt-a-Whirl that sometimes spins you so hard and fast you think you are going to puke and other times it just sits there not moving at all. The timing between the two phases is totally random.
Stephen Ornes (bio): I also imagine a Wheel of Distraction. It’s a ghostly, ethereal but tantalizing wheel that shows up next to you, convenient and available, whenever you’re trying to get something done. Sort of like a hybrid between the Cheshire Cat and something from Paradise Island. The Wheel promises laughs and fun and light-hearted diversion for as long as you keep spinning, with slots sending you to “Facebook” or “Go for that long run!” And it’s so time-consuming that you forget all about what you were supposed to be doing, until you realize the sun is going down.
That’s a good start on a fairly substantial theme-park. What wild ride would you include?
*We at SciLance would never actually whack an editor–we value them and think the vast majority of them are doing too much with too little and are hugely under-appreciated. Watch for an upcoming post about our serious admiration for the work they do.