Every so often I get an odd search string that shows up in the Google results when I wander Google Analytics. One that gave me real pause came in a few days ago: “rise and walk” book by “martha bechtel”
You see, back in 2006 I was sick and on NyQuil and ran into an evil little plot bunny that was the core of The Book That Isn’t Rise and Walk. I played around with it, fleshed out the bones a bit, and then dropped the synopsis off at Evil Editor for him to rip into nice tiny little pieces (Face-Lift 120).
Only he didn’t, so much— he cut it down some so it fit on one page and threw in some jokes… and didn’t tell me it sucked.
In the comments other readers pointed out that the title Rise and Walk was already in use by another famous book and that I should pick something else. And they also didn’t tell me it sucked.
So it became The Book That Isn’t Rise and Walk or House of Fire depending on my mood.
I played around with a bit more and then got distracted (as I am wont to do) and wandered off. Truth be told, I was a little spooked that no one thought it sucked.
And a few days ago someone googled it.
Which means someone, somewhere wanted to find my psychotic little plot bunny based on a synopsis from five years ago (I can’t think of how else they would have found it.)
I’m going to go off and sit in a corner in a bit of a daze, because, just, wow.