My Next Big Thing

11 Jan

I was tagged in a blog hop challenge by Normandie Ward Fischer recently. Although my “Next Big Thing” isn’t a novel, or a tangible project, she told me to go ahead and tell my story. So here I am, telling you a little more about My Next Big Thing. Normandie is likely going to regret tagging me, but that’s her fault for asking me in the first place. She knows I have a bad case of cabin fever.

Below are the questions I was asked to answer, along with my best reply. It should be fun to see how I can twist these around to make things applicable.


1.  What is the working title of your book or project?

The last I checked the title of this project was “Kristine Pratt.” Or possibly “The Health and Well-being of Kristine Pratt.” Maybe “My Year of Getting Better” which I don’t like because it implies it’s going to take all year to get my health back. Maybe I should just go for short and sweet and call it “Restored” and see what happens.

Titling is NOT my strong suit.


2.  Where did the idea come from for the book or project?

Well it started around September of last year when I started feeling heart palpitations and a general malaise. I thought at the time it was because of the project I was on, the pressure of impending deadline and frustration over the minor details that weren’t going right. But as time passed, these symptoms not only persisted but got worse to the point where I dragged myself crying into the doctor’s office looking for answers that she just didn’t have. It became very clear that it was time to Devote Time to Myself.


3.  What genre does it fall under, if any?

If I would pick a genre I would start with Health and file it under Wellness and Recovery or maybe Fibromyalgia: The Harsh Reality.

4.  If applicable, who would you choose to play your characters in a movie? 

I think this recovery will be so stunning that it could very well be an inspiration to everyone in the entire world….

Ok, seriously. Um. No. This isn’t movie worthy. It’s mostly me lying in bed staring out at aspen trees waving in the wind. Really. Maybe the aspens would prefer to play themselves?


5.  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your manuscript or project?

Flattened in the 43rd year od her life, Kristine Pratt learns patience and how to read the classics as she attempts some semblance of recovery from the nastiest Fibro flare she’s ever seen.

Good grief, you’ve gotten the point already. Let’s just move on…


6.  Will your book or story be self-published or represented by an agency?

Can you publish a return to health? That might call for a rather enhanced e-book.


7.  How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? to get your recovery under control?

Still working on it. Playing with my diet, actually dabbling in Essential Oils with all the glee of a student in Professor Snape’s potions class, questioning whether homeopathic remedies should be set alongside more traditional items on the bathroom counter without a revolution being staged by the various bottles and tubes while I’m sleeping…

Yeah, this might take awhile yet.


8.  What other book or stories s would you compare this story to within the genre?

Anyone got a good recovery story to inspire me?


9.  Who or what inspired you to write this book or story? undergo this recovery?

My doctor gave me very little choice.

10.  What else about the book or story might pique the reader’s interest?

I’m suspecting that you’re all here to read this just to see what a truly bored mind will ponder in the course of a day. I think you might even join me in this blog to see if my boredom looks anything like yours. Or if I’ve cracked yet.

Honestly, I’m betting on the last.

And no. I don’t think I have.


Give it time.

(And no, I’m not tagging anyone here. Yes, it breaks the rules, but I don’t know anyone blogging to tag that hasn’t already been tagged. So…if you haven’t done this yet, steal the questions and tag yourselves on my behalf. Thank you.)


2 Responses to “My Next Big Thing”

  1. Obi Kemnebi January 11, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    I recommend bubble baths. Lots and lots of bubble baths. Get better soon!

    What is this “Next Big Thing” I keep hearing/reading about, but which no one has seen fit to explain to me? O.o

    • Kristine Pratt January 11, 2013 at 6:52 am #

      It’s basically a blog challenge where you are given that list of questions, and told to answer them on your blog. Then you’re supposed to tag a handful of other blog writers, asking them to keep the challenge going by answering the questions on THEIR blog and then tagging other writers, asking THEM to do the same.

      It’s like a great big chain letter. Only with blogging. And hopefully a little bit more interesting. Since I’m not working on a novel right now (I opted for a collection of short stories for January) I really debated about what to do with the challenge. I went with my primary goal – getting healthier – rather than talk about a collection that so far consists of only one (badly written) story.

      Yeah, I’m a bit behind on my writing.

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