I just read my sister’s blog today, in which she talks about some of the zany ideas she’s had recently. As I went to respond to her entry, my initial thought was that I didn’t have any really zany ideas. (A dog groomer? Really?) But then I stopped and looked at what I do on a daily basis, and I discovered that about half of it is based on zany ideas. For one thing, I’m a librarian, a career I got into based on a zany idea that came to me in the aftermath of the wreckage that was the PhD application process for me. In the space of about a month, I went from being dead set on being an English Professor to trying my darndest to become a librarian. I even applied to Florida State from a computer terminal inside a library in Slovakia. That seems pretty zany.
And then there’s the writing bit. I’ve written something like nine books, and I keep churning them out. And what am I writing right now? A screenplay adaptation of one of my unpublished books. Zaniness? Check. And how about that alpaca fantasy novel? I’d say that was on the zanier side of zaniness. (What’s more, I keep getting reports from alpaca shows that I have an actual fan base out there somewhere, anxious for book two to come out–I’d write a second one, if the opportunity presented itself. Zany.)
Did I have any other zany ideas in the course of my life? When I was little, I wanted to open up a chain of pet stores called Pet Palace. (So maybe me poking fun at the idea of being a dog groomer was a tad hypocritical.) I also wanted to be a Disney animator. And the only reason I’m married today to DKC is because I had the zany idea that I could date 30 girls in one semester. I’d say that’s high on the zany scale. (Would that mean it has a high zanocity rating?)
So my question to you is: what zany ideas do you have, that you’ve actually followed through on? Or are there any that you’d like to follow through on but haven’t? Or any that you’ve had the idea for, then dismissed soon after? Share away–the zanier the merrier.