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If you were to write a book, what kind of book would it be?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 6, 2011

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“Historical fiction with a love story and Abraham Lincoln and John Brown. Also, it would have the zombie apocalypse.”

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“A children’s book. That’s what my life revolves around right now.”

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“A Lego book with all the different things you can make.”

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killjoy 4 years ago

The illustrated book of roundabouts

Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

Good idea! But, you'll have to make a trip to England to photograph the very first one, which was put into use in 1909.

At that time, the Ford Model T had been in production for less than one year.

RoeDapple 4 years ago

A cook book. "101 Ways To Cook Golf Balls, Bowling Pins And Carpenter Bees" . Pretty much been the limit of my hunting experience lately . . .

RoeDapple 4 years ago

Went on my semi-annual Cabela's run yesterday. I was darn near overwhelmed by all the 187 different camouflage patterns offered. And to think we used to hunt wearing red plaid and did just fine . . .

Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

RoeDapple, I believe that most animals do not have three cone color receptors in the retina, one for each perceived color (red, green, and blue in our case), therefore they cannot see the same spectrum of color as we do.

The rod receptors in the retina do not percieve a color, and are used for vision in dim light. That's why you cannot tell what color something is in dim light, however you can easily see movement.

So the color of camouflage would make no difference, as long as movement or the pattern of the cloth did not show well against the surroundings.

However, 187 different camouflage patterns would certainly make good sales points, which is what that display was all about.

RoeDapple 4 years ago

I think Jesse may have something there. Lincoln did have that Zombie look about him in some pictures . . .

rockchalker52 4 years ago

You shut up. RoeDapple is the best.

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

"Why Lemurs Shouldn't Watch Bruce Lee Movies"

Mary Darst 4 years ago

I would write a book for the tween girls. I would try and let them know how important education is. All about the importance of learning that self is the most important thing they have. I want to let them know that being able to support themselves makes all the other choices easier. That they are complete inside without anyone or anything else.

LadyJ 4 years ago

Careful, I got chewed out by a male aquaintance once for raising my daughter that way. Said I was teaching her to hate men. Told him I was teaching her that she was their equal.

Cait McKnelly 4 years ago

Actually, writing a zombie novel around Sun City would pretty appropriate.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

I think of threaded comments as an outline. If you don't care to read about that subject, simply go on to the next heading. I think it's wonderful that comments are categorized that way.

On other sites In the past, I have often found it quite difficult and time consuming to go back and have to reread many comments in order to figure out exactly what a commenter is responding to.

Bill Lee 4 years ago

In 1999 I wrote "Kansas Rockers...the First Generation," an encyclopedia and discography of Baby Boom rockers from Kansas and the KC metro. It's out of print, but I'm working on a second edition. I'm also working on three other books about area music history. I'd also like to write a history of the KKK in Kansas.

Bill Lee 4 years ago

In 1999 I wrote "Kansas Rockers...the First Generation," an encyclopedia and discography of Baby Boom rockers from Kansas and the KC metro. It's out of print, but I'm working on a second edition. I'm also working on three other books about area music history. I'd also like to write a history of the KKK in Kansas.

RoeDapple 4 years ago

Nah, I ain't the best. That would be Hollis. I been fluxed by the flux. Didn't even tickle . .

RoeDapple 4 years ago

but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night . . .

RoeDapple 4 years ago

appreciate it rc52! but then I was alone a lot as a child . . doc says I crave attention, good or bad.

RoeDapple 4 years ago

A book . . .

A hardback, "Everything I Know About Being An Author" . Will they publish a book with no pages?

RoeDapple 4 years ago

I've got stuff runnin' round my head that I just can't live down - Bruce

somedude20 4 years ago

I would like to continue the ".... for idiots"series but this time tackle the issue of "the stranger"

You put your right arm out, and sit on it. when it goes numb, is the start of the fun give a firm handshake......

LadyJ 4 years ago

I've had a great idea for a book involving Lawrence but keeping it a secret so nobody can steal it. Just need the time to research it.

rockchalker52 4 years ago

I have a Nagel hanging in my basement. Acquired it while cleaning out a deadbeat's apartment. I thought it was just dusty. Now I know why my tongue went numb when I licked it clean.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

I'm with Gandalf: "An autobiography...truth is stranger than fiction."

It would have to be after the precedent set by Benvenuto Cellini (3 November 1500 – 13 February 1571), who was was an Italian goldsmith, sculptor, painter, soldier and musician. He also wrote what is considered to be the most famous autobiography ever written.

I've been told many, many times I should do that, and that it would certainly have something for everyone. The problem is that parts of it would be extremely shocking, other parts amazing, and so many other parts would be unbelievable. After all, not everyone makes the Associated Press wire!

It could never be published during my lifetime, nor of anyone that is now living. Plus, it would be very, very long and could never be printed in only one volume.

I've been told that it would be a best seller. But, I tend to doubt that because so many parts of it would have to be XXX if it were to be complete. And, that would be the only way everything could all fit into perspective.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

BABBOY, I have heard two or three people talking about writing a book but it was always in the past tense, and they are now available from Amazon.com.

Except for one person who is still working on it. Do already published magazine articles count? If they do, mark me down for three.

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

"Chicken Soup for the Chicken's Soul"

trinity 4 years ago

i'd have to write something about paul revere's ride...and and and mark lindsey(he was the cute raider, doncha know) and and and how paul revere played the bells and stuff.

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

I'd write about what the Boston Herald knows about colonial history. "Sarah Palin yesterday insisted her claim at the Old North Church last week that Paul Revere “warned the British” during his famed 1775 ride — remarks that Democrats and the media roundly ridiculed — is actually historically accurate. And local historians are backing her up... In fact, Revere’s own account of the ride in a 1798 letter seems to back up Palin’s claim. Revere describes how after his capture by British officers, he warned them “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.” Boston University history professor Brendan McConville said, “Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, ‘Look, there is a mobilization going on that you’ll be confronting,’ and the British are aware as they’re marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That’s accurate.” Patrick Leehey of the Paul Revere House said Revere was probably bluffing his British captors, but reluctantly conceded that it could be construed as Revere warning the British..." http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1343353

trinity 4 years ago

le sigh-ok, silly me. you got me. but i still don't have to like her, just on general principal, m'kay? :)

boxers_or_briefs 4 years ago

How many times I can get kicked off the forum and come back again.

BMI 4 years ago

Golden Fruitcakes, Naked Women in the River, Klondike Bars, Tails from the Basement and How Mamma's Long Time Gone.

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

The story of what happened at Buckingham Palace last month when the FLOTUS requested a loaf of bread, a jar of Coleman's mustard and a corgi as a midnight snack.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

"corgi as a midnight snack"

Was it baked, fried, or stewed?

George_Braziller 4 years ago

Easy answer. It would have to be about where I used to work. The place was so bizarre and dysfunctional it deserves to be documented. I'd tell family and friends about the latest "adventure" at work and they would ask me if I had made up the story because they couldn't believe it was true.

I was Assistant Director and a trusted confidant of the staff so I had access to "the big picture" of what was going on at the agency. Unfortunately the Executive Director was completely incompetent and couldn't/wouldn't do anything to address the problems and constantly undermined my attempts to do so.

I finally resigned just to get away from both her and the insanity.

Linda Endicott 4 years ago

What kind of book would I write? A successful one, of course...:)

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

What with weinergate & Edwards getting popped for his various misdeeds, it's not shaping up like a good month for Democrats.

Cait McKnelly 4 years ago

The Mating Call of the Human Male "I'm Naked and I Have a Pizza!"

gphawk89 4 years ago

My book would detail methods used to find the correct temperature set point for oven-controlled SC-cut and AT-cut quartz crystal oscillators. But I could probably only sell about 5 copies...

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