Well, after much thought and wasting time waiting for work on books to come to fruition, I've struck off on a different course: fiction. I'm working on a new story now, then delving into the book.
In the mean time, there's an exercise I saw in a book and thought I'd try. It's meant to help you find writing topics, but it's interesting to show to friends at the same time.
The exercise: Make a list of things you believe or believe strongly in.
1. I believe in living life to the fullest.
2. I believe in trying something before you knock it and not just reading about it.
3. Good friends are more important than a lover.
4. Everyone's looking for love in some form but not many people know what it really is.
5. Being gay can turn into your whole life.
6. I believe in ghosts and life after death.
7. I believe in love at first sight.
8. You can never love too many people.
9. Sex isn't everything.
10. Without communication, compromise, and trust, no relationship can stand the test of time.
11. Coffee and nicotine ARE part of a healthy diet.
12. Everything happens for a reason.
13. Nudity can be art, and most people are afraid of it.
14. Overindulgence isn't all bad.
15. Being "unAmerican" isn't a sin.
16. Many "classic" books are crap.
17. Stupidity reigns supreme in society.
18. Your body isn't a temple, merely a vehicle to get you from here to there.
19. Depression is natural.
20. Pills aren't always the answer.
21. Getting lost in a book, picture, or movie and forgetting reality once in a while is part of a healthy existance.
22. Controversy is necessary to make us all feel real and think for ourselves.
23. American society is Puritanical and Hawthorne is still rolling over in his grave.
24. Time is slavery.
25. Aborigines and Native Americans are the most sane people spiritually speaking.
26. I believe in past lives and soul mates.
27. Aliens probably exist, but exploring space is absurd with so many problems on earth.
28. All psychologists need a good shrink.
29. Sigmund Freud was a moron.
30. We make ourselves happy of unhappy and find blame elsewhere.
31. Pure freedom is unhealthy and slavery is for the weak of heart.
32. Life is as real as we believe it to be.
33. Life is nothing without adventure and exploration.
34. Land is not property. It is something we all own collectively and simply borrow for a time.
35. Organized religions are to blame for many of society's ills, not "immoral people".