A $1 Billion (Startup) Idea — Part Duh


I yet again find myself with a problem that simply can’t be solved using the existing social media structure. And I think someone, somewhere could make $1 billion off of implementing a fix.

A problem exists in modern life. We are seemingly ever-more connected but if you’re like me, you find it difficult to make new friends. In Richmond, I currently have not one friend who will have a beer with me. Not a single one. I want a social media network designed to help me find people I _should_ know not _might_ know. The whole point of this new service would be to gently help us make new platonic friends.

You would have to take a survey to join the service. Once your personality was established, the service would match you with people like yourself nearby. Before you could add a new person to your personal network, you would have to agree to actually care about that person. The service would ask you, like, three times — “Do you want this person in your life?” You would be expected to make, on an individual level, new friends through the service. It would be made clear from the beginning that this was not a dating service. The whole point is to network and to make friends who will are willing to physically be in your presence.

So, this idea has elements of MeetUp, Craig’s List’s Just Platonic, eHarmoney and Facebook.

The point, is, of course, to make new friends on a personal level. That’s the whole point.

The Plot Has Gone A Different Direction Than I Expected


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Let me stress that I have no idea what I’m doing with this plot. I keep trying to hone close to things I know about, so that constrains what I can do. Also, the fact that my natural inclination is to avoid conflict at all costs gets in the way as well.

So, I go for long walks and only very slowly get the plot any farther along.

I want to avoid the curse of Mary Sue as much as possible. So, that also causes problems with me trying to write the plot. It’s all very annoying. I keep thinking I’ve made a breakthrough, and then I find myself starting from scratch all over again.

I keep getting the end of the first act and being totally lost as to what happen next. The plot has undergone a dramatic change from what I started off with because I need some way to make the Hero the center of the plot. So, even though the plot I had was pretty good, that one huge flaw was enough to stop me dead in my tracks.

I just don’t know what I’m going to do. I really don’t. It’s a conundrum.

I like the new direction the plot is going, but I just don’t know what to do with things now that I have entered the second act. I’m stuck. Totally stuck.

It will be interesting to see how far I get with this version of the plot.

Nope. I’m Stumped As To My Plot


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I have hit a wall when it comes to my plot.

The reason is, there are all these things I want to do with it and some of them are simply beyond my writing ability. I have managed to make the Hero the center of the plot now, but I don’t know what to do with with him. If I had the writing ability, I would make the plot action-adventure like “Lucy.”

But, sadly, I just don’t have that in my toolkit.

And I am growing worried that people I’ve given my concept to help me out may be running with it themselves and starting a screenplay or novel of their own with it.

This troubles me deeply.

But there is little I can do about it now, I guess. It just adds to the pressure of producing something. And, anyway, I’ve changed the plot so much that anyone who tried to steal the concept would have just the basic idea to work with. Which, given what a great idea this is in my opinion, may be enough.

I am so frustrated, I may start from the very beginning. The basic idea is great, but the details of what I want to do with the concept are driving me up the wall. All I do is spend all day mulling what I want to do with the plot. My dreams have plots now because of this.

Anyway, I have a new idea for the plot. I guess. I hope. It really does change things greatly. It would help if I had someone I could trust to help me work on this plot. I would even turn into a screenplay if I could find someone with a little experience willing to work with me as a creative collaborator.

May Have Finally Figured Out My Plot


I spend a lot of time at work thinking about the plot of the novel.

Today, I managed to make it all the way through work without thinking up an entirely different plot.

So, now, I think I may have finally settled on the actual plot of the novel. There is a huge amount of potential conflict built in to the plot and all I have to do is think up every possible thing that could go wrong and run with it.

I am quite glad of this, because I was growing tired of starting work with one plot in my head and finishing work with a totally different one. The details of the plot are what I have to think upon a great deal. I know enough about the first act that I can probably sit down and start writing on it.

The novel is pretty religious themed and that is going to turn some people off, I fear. But that’s what I want to talk about. I want to talk about religion. A little part of me still wants it to be about reverse culture shock, but I can’t figure out how to fit that angle into the story.

Anyway. I may go for a little bit of a drink tonight and then come back and write on the novel. That is one possible thing that might happen. I might just take a nap and wake up early in the morning and do it then. I don’t know yet. Depends on how I feel in the next few minutes what I’m going to do. Some tequila sure would be nice right now.

Continue To Struggle With The Plot Of The Novel


I keep writing and re-writing the novel’s plot. Right now, the story is a technological, modern interpretation of the beginning of the Christian faith.


I generally know what I want to address with the story, but the specifics are difficult to pin down. So, I keep changing things as I think up different angles. If I could find someone to help me with all of this, I might be able to stick to one plot. But people keep saying they’re interested and then vanishing.

I believe I have figured out how to make the Hero the center of the story. That has been a big problem from the beginning of all of this. But I’ve finally — I think — managed to figure out what I want to do.

But anyway. Everything continues to be up in the air. I don’t know, really, what I’m doing.

Trying To Figure Out How To Make My Hero The Center Of The Plot Is Tough


It’s back to the drawing board for me.

I realize that I can’t do what I want to do — which is tell the story of Christianity using a “all female cast,” if you will — because my Hero is male.

So, I am going to think long and hard about how I’m going to fix that. I have some ideas, but nothing solid yet. It’s really tough because I have all these different desires as to what I want to with the story that are conflicting in nature. So, I have the general idea down pat, but the specifics keep changing at a rapid rate.

I want to talk about religion and technology in the novel’s plot. I know that for sure. But I also want the Hero to be, well, the Hero. I want the story to be about him. I keep thinking up different ways to do what I want to do, but none of them quite fit my vision of things.

So, I’m stumped for the moment. I think it’s possible I have an idea as to what I want to do, but I can’t quite bring myself to believe that it’s actually what I want to do.

I just don’t know right now. I have a lot of thinking to do.

That Time A Husband Threatened Me Because I Was Talking To His Wife About My Novel


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So this happened.

I am no innocent. I can be a real asshole sometimes, but generally I actively try not to be. I’m generally a nice guy. I really am. So, imagine my surprise when I randomly got a Facebook message from someone saying, “stop talking to my wife. now.” Turns out he’s the husband of a woman I’ve very innocently, very casually been talking to about my novel’s plot.

This made me very angry. For once, I wasn’t doing anything I wasn’t supposed to be doing and here I was getting in trouble.

Things only got worse when wife pops up cheerfully saying she was going to look at my latest version of my plot. I told her, “your husband doesn’t want me to talk to you anymore.” She was shocked and dismayed at this revelation.

Anyway, he finally came back to me, saying, “thanks, ass.”

Apparently I got him in trouble. Good. I’m glad. Asshole. If he had explained to me what the situation was, or told his wife own his own, then that would have been a different matter. Now I have to worry about him hunting me down and killing me I felt like “poking” the woman on Facebook just so I could say I’d done it.

But anyway.

I hope she’s ok. And hopefully this is the end of it. I don’t want anything bad to happen to anyone because of my novel.

The Second Act Of The Novel Continues To Cause Trouble


The second act of my novel continues to cause me trouble.

I know I want to tell the general story of the Christian faith, but the second act remains a mystery to me.

I have a general idea what I want to do with it, but specifics of it leave me puzzled.

So, I keep sending the outline to people, hoping that they’ll give me input as to how to make it better. But I send it to be people and nothing happens. I have finally written an official outline and, but the middle of the second act is way too meh and way too short.

I honestly don’t know what to make of this situation. I have honed the first act down to pretty much what I want. I have begun to write the novel itself, hoping that something will come to me as I write it. I keep changing things a little bit as I go along, so I’m not really abiding by the outline strictly. But I really enjoy writing just in general and so I even though a lot of people think I suck as a writer, I do it just as form of therapy if nothing else.

So, I will probably work on the story some tonight. It’s a fun little diversion from an otherwise crappy life.

Stranger In A Strange Land, Redux


I find myself struggling with the second act of the new novel I’m working on. I have totally changed the plot and I don’t quite know what I’m going to do.

Things have become quite grandiose really quickly in the second act and find myself scratching my head as to how I’m going to make this new outline work. I may just start writing on the story and then change things as I go along, depending on how the story goes.

But the first act is definitely going to be greatly influenced by the New Testament. The second act, however, is still very much up in the air. I just don’t know what I’m going to do with it. The story is about the Hero in the second act and I just don’t know on a personal level what I want him to get himself into.


I keep talking to be people who give me valid input and then I change the story because of what they’ve told me. But I am beginning to feel more self-confident about what I’m writing.

It would be nice if someone would believe enough in this novel to be willing to let me bounce ideas off of them for the long haul.

Getting A Lot Of Writing Done, For Once


I find myself settling in for a nice evening of writing. I feel inspired when it comes to the novel, if nothing else. I’m trying to use what free time I have productively.

Now that I have a “real” job, my free time becomes much more precious to me. I have spent the last few hours writing on the novel and trying to hone the first few pages of the novel as best as I can. Writing a novel is a lot of work. You really have to believe in what you’re doing.

I am drawing a lot from my personal life at this point. I’m just using it as a stepping off point for fiction.

I aim to write about 100,000 in regards to the novel, but that’s just an arbitrary goal. I have no idea how many words the novel will endup being. But it’s nice to feel inspired for once. I just have to keep going. I just have to keep writing. I don’t want to waste what free time I do have. I want to be productive.

I keep asking people to take a look at the outline I’ve written and people keep ignoring me. That makes me a bit sad, but there is little I can do about it.

Anyway. I need to get back to writing.


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