POLL: What’s the Next Story?

Better late than never. This is something I talked about doing before, but never got around to. I have so many story ideas that I don’t know which one I should work on next. So for anyone who stumbles across this site, I am giving you the option to help me decide. If I write a story that makes me rich…well, you will be mentioned on the dedication page.

Here are the story ideas I have floating around. Make your selection by simply posting the title in a comment. You don’t have to say WHY you picked it, but it’d be cool if you did.

A man develops the ability to heal people. Word spreads, and soon this takes over his life. People come to his job to be healed; the disturbance gets him fired. An attractive woman hints at wanting him, but someone comes along for healing. By the time he is done, the woman has left. These are just a couple examples of how his “blessing” is truly a curse.

This movie is meant to be a tribute to Troy and small town life.

A young man becomes disillusioned with the increasing superficiality of the world. Here is my idea for the opening line: “I realized physical beauty means nothing when it struck me that, at some point during the day, even the most graceful woman has to sit on a toilet.”

A special black ops unit is sent in on a mission that results in the death of all but one. It turns out there is more to the mission than originally thought.

There is a charismatic young man running for state council who does not shy away from homophobic rants. However, there is one thing he keeps a secret: he is falling in love with another man. One night while leaving his crush’s house, he is spotted by a politician who is known as an anti-Semite. Rather than ratting him out, the anti-Semite takes the young man to a party where he learns a shocking truth: opposites DO attract.

Man and woman meet. They both sense potential, but things get messed up. He moves away, gets married, has kids. A job brings him back to his old stomping grounds, and he sees her by chance. He wishes he had stuck it out with her. Next day when he wakes up, he is in bed with her. His old life is gone, replaced by the lost future he could have had with her. People from his “real life” start to pop in. He realizes how much he loves the life he DID choose, but he can’t figure out how to get back to it. Then it dawns on him: what he has to do is tell the dream woman about the time when he made the choice to leave her. When he does, this reconciles everything and his true life returns.

This is based on an AD&D campaign I came up with. Three characters of different races and classes are drawn (seemingly random at first) into the hunt for a cult that worships a mysterious deity known as the Tarrasque. It turns out this “god” is actually just a very, VERY nasty monster, but the shocking news doesn’t end there: rumor has it there is a magical artifact that gives the user absolute control of the creature. The protagonists also discover this isn’t the first time someone has had to face this challenge down. They learn that the artifact was created almost 1000 years ago. If that 1000 year anniversary comes to pass and no one has used it, then the item will lose its power. They also learn about the legend of the Three Champions, a trio of heroes who fought the monster with enchanted equipment and managed to vanquish it…but not for good. Naturally, it turns out they are DESCENDANTS of the heroes.

A young man has a kid with a woman he is no longer with. She is always critical of his fatherhood, even though it is clear he does the best he can. One night, after a particularly stressful fight with his ex, the young man’s friends convince him to have a night for himself out on the town. He parties it up: drinking, doing drugs, etc. Then he gets a call that the ex was in an accident, and their son was with her. Needless to say, the night goes badly. It isn’t until he gets a lecture from one of his closest friends that the young man realizes what he should really focus on.

A bunch of losers are descendants of magicians who harbored a secret that can save the world.


About Steve Grogan

I am 40 years old, divorced, and a father of four kids. I am a practitioner of a self-defense system called wing chun kung fu. My other hobbies include writing, playing guitar, reading, watching movies, and listening to music. Recently I have gotten back into fitness, and this time I am DETERMINED to get the washboard abs...whether my metabolism will cooperate with me or not! The purpose of this blog is to write not only about my hobbies, but also about whatever crosses my mind, whether it is something I don't understand or something that aggravates me. So join me as I indulge my tendency to think too much about topics that don't usually cross anyone else's mind!
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