Tuesday, May 06, 2008
In the Dirt
Clean and Dirty
Bleeding on a Dirt Floor
Living in the Dirt
Control Freaks and Other Skeptics
God and Other Skeptics
This Child of Earth
Child of Earth
Illegals and Drive-by Tourists
The Illegal Boy
Thanks kindly for your feedback.
Labels: subway novel
We are talking about a ficitonal character, of course, but you could try something in more congtemporaty usage.
Dirt Bags doesn't quite fit.
Now I'm thinking Drive-by Saviours. Or Dirt Rich.
I'm driving me crazy.
Hate to say it, but I was neither speedy or accurate.
When poor Martin Luher King was assassinated, I only had two columns for a 48-point headline.I had simply put in 'King Offed."
The edtor (or Slot man) then gave me two weeks notice. I was, uh, fired.
But then the Toronto Telegram got "fired", --went out of business at the same time.
Off me? Off you!
But I guess I was too ghetto, at least in my usage, for them.
...........Oops. Anybody write a book titled "White Trash"?...If not, it migh be an idea for your title.
Looks like I got it too.
"You know you[re white trash when your girlfriend sticks her toes through the knee part of her pantyhose and walks around."
They say the truth always comes out in humour!
This title alone caught my attention and would make ME pick the book off of a shelf and at list thumb through it.
"In the Dirt" scored 26%
"Dirt Rich" scored 22.9%
"Clean and Dirty" scored 26.3%
"Bleeding on a Dirt Floor" scored 55.5%
"Burning Boats" scored 69%.
"Live Cargo" scored 41.4%
"Control Freaks and Other Skeptics" scored 10.2%
"God and Other Skeptics" scored 34.8%
"Bumi" scored 45.6%
"This Child of Earth" scored 26.3%
"Illegals and Drive-By Tourists" scored 26.3%
"The Illegal" scored 10.2%
"Drive-By Saviours" scored 69% (pretty good)
"The Illegal Boy" scored 10.2%
"The Fisher-Boy" scored 10.2%
"The Storyteller" scored 10.2%
I'd say they were all nice titles. But since Lulu likes "Drive-by Saviours," I'd think I'd go with that one.
Toast: thanks, and thanks for reading it!
Ivan: not sure i'd eat a jam called 'in the dirt'. King Offed eh? Guess those were sensitive times. That title seems appropriate enough to me, considering the organized criminal effectiveness with which he was wiped out.
TWM: Thanks, that's my wife's vote too.
X.Dell: what a remarkable thing. i couldn't resist running a few other titles through. To Kill a Mockingbird got 26 %, Love in the Time of Cholera I think got about 10 %. Satanic Verses did a little better, but it was less than 50%. Leafstorm, a lesser known Marquez novella, got 67 %. So, I dunno. It's interesting to see the results. And it sort of matches my thinking about what titles are catchiest.
When I worked at the newspaper in Ghana my boss decided to run very sensationalistic headlines for a while to see what happened. We still ran the same content, which by Ghanaian standards was quite balanced and fair and accurate, for the most part. Our sales shot up. Then he stopped the experiment and sales went back to normal. I guess catchy titles matter.
"Where God went wrong"
"Some more of God's Greatest Mistakes"
"Who is this God fellow anyway?"
Ant: heh, Toast and I were just talking about that dry british humour the other day. Where God Went Wrong is a great title.