The Mighty Quinn

Jim writes about this song today and gives various ideas on what it might be about. An ex told me it was about a drug dealer. That makes sense. I nicknamed a character in a book “the Eskimo” because of that, and yes he was a drug dealer. I didn’t write much about the drugs themselves, since I don’t know anything and research is boring; instead I wrote about two guys having a long funny convo in the drug dealer’s house about which women they’d rather bang, such as Ginger or Mary Ann, etc. My story got way off-track because I began to enjoy writing these conversations more than the lurve scenes between the actual main characters, and I struggled with giving the protagonists enough screen time, so to speak. For some reason, this book isn’t even up for sale in my glob of books. That must be because I couldn’t decide which version to self-publish. Let’s take a vote.

1. The long one with all the off-track scenes left in that don’t even have much to do with the lurve story at all and make the book way too long for a romance novel but are funny?

2. The semi-cleaned up one that is less funny but more focused on the actual lurve story?

3. The super cleaned up version?

Then vote:

A. Prologue, which Elmore Leonard hates, but adds texture.

B. No prologue.


i. Attractive Nuisance (relevant legal term).

ii. Sweet Nothings (name of her lingerie store).

Thanks for your help!

P.S. Please remember that I still can’t read minds and you actually have to tell me in the comments what you want! 😀

25 responses to “The Mighty Quinn

  1. Maybe you should collaborate with somebody that does know about drugs which I have some experience with and I also love doing research.

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  2. I think you shouldn’t sacrifice funny for romance. Romance is fine, but funny, humorous, witty romance is better. As to prologue or no prologue, I’m ambivalent. And finally, I like “Sweet Nothings.”

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  3. 1 for sure, but no big opinion on the other 2 questions.

    Dylan later changed his story, but originally it was thought that it was Anthony Quinn who played an Eskimo in a 1960 film that Bob liked, or at least he liked Quinn’s acting in the movie. But yeah, the words can be interpreted as a drug dealer…

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  4. Long funny version, No Prologue (See asterisk below)*, and “Attractive Nuisance”.

    *No Prologue doesn’t mean no setup — at least minimal scene dressing in the first few lines so we’re not just dropped cold into a conversation between two strangers of uncertain relation, unless you’re going for a kind of disorientation. That works well when it works, but is REALLY hard to pull off.

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  5. 2, a, i. Haven’t come across “attractive nuisance” so that intrigues me, while “sweet nothings” has been used a lot. However, I’m a bit torn here since “Sweet Nothings” features in the book. Not torn about my other answers: I like a good prologue and a bit of off-topic banter, especially if funny.

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  6. I know this doesn’t help, but you’ve got to decide for yourself, really. Funnily enough, I’ve just been writing, by hand, about a romance I once wrote – I haven’t posted it yet. And it went off-track. I suppose it depends on whether you want it to be a romance, in which case you cut all the extraneous stuff to what is expected in a romance, or you decide it isn’t a romance – it just has love interest – and leave everything in that you like.

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    • Yeah. At one time, I hoped to be traditionally published, which is why I wrote a second and third version. But now I don’t see that happening. I might as well self-pub the version I like, though now I want to go through the second two and see if there are new, better things to put in the first one. Why not make it even longer?! 😂

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  7. “This wine is taking me higher than helium,” he thought, licking the stamp to put on the letter he wouldn’t send later on.

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