a crazy idea

People keep asking for a book of my stupid Twitter conversations with my pets and other things that shouldn’t be able to actually speak.

If I hired some of my cartoonist friends to illustrate them, would you spend cash money on that book?

Also, this is (I think) the first “aside” I’ve done in WordPress. I don’t know what that means in this context.

145 thoughts on “a crazy idea”

  1. I think it means exactly what you think it means.

    Yes, I’d buy it. I think you could also try using photos of the dogs/cat chat bubble style as well. :)

    1. I’d pay big bucks for a book with photos and tweets that was a fundraiser for an animal charity; moderate bucks for the same thing without a charitable purpose; not sure about tweets and cartoons. Third option is only a maybe for me.

  2. I’ll be honest, I’d rather spend money buying a book of conversations you and your wife have had.

    I also would pay for a book of conversations you’ve had with The Bloggess and other Twitter celebrities.

  3. I’ve always thought that the pet conversations would be great on a web site, similar to the sites that show silly phone texts. I’d put the site on my daily ‘visit list’.

    heck, I’d even do the site for you. (I’ve done Dr. Jerry Pournelle’s [best selling science fiction author, and longtime computer journalist) blog site, and other sites that amuse me like http://www.rulesforzombies.com . )

  4. I would absolutely spend cash money for such a book. Tell me where to send my money, already!

  5. Yes! I agree that using actual pics of your pets would be cool too — and how about if you helped out your fave pet shelter as well with a wee bit of the proceeds? Also, VandalEyes should make an appearance. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. I am poor so I don’t spend money on books but I would totally check it out from the library. However, if it was a book about your’s and Anne’s awesome conversations I may be persuaded to use the cashback on my credit card to buy it on Amazon.

  7. I think that would be super fun, and there is totally a market for conversations with pets and inanimate objects.

    Also, an aside in web-ese is like when you’re reading and article and there’s a blurb set apart from the rest that gives you a fun fact or … an aside. Usually something that is related to what you’ve written, but doesn’t necessarily belong in the flow of the article.

  8. Wil,

    PleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhMyGoodGeekyUnderoosPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOh Let me illustrate one of those comics!!!



  9. Absolutely. You could use some of your personal photos of Marlowe and the rest of that goofy cast of characters that you live with instead of illustrations, too. Formatted nicely, it could be a really fun book to own (almost…dare I say it!?…a coffee table book! *gasp*).

  10. I just have two suggestions to this idea:

    1) Include some of your classic twitter conversations of your wife and son as well (especially the t-shirt cannon conversation)

    2) Joel Watson and/or Matthew “The Oatmeal” Inman need to be involved in this project. Watson for the family conversations and The Oatmeal for animal interactions would be an ideal mix, I think.

    Whether you take my suggestions or not, I’ll jump on the bandwagon of previous replies and say “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!”

  11. what a novel idea, just wondering if it would go over big time if you went incognito or as yourself, you never know if StarTrek is going to help your sales or slow them, for me it would help, but you know…I say do it, so you won’t always wonder, besides you can self publish pretty cheap now days :)

  12. Honestly I probably would not. I’d read them religiously if you posted them here, but I probably wouldn’t buy them as a commercial book.

    I might be more inclined to buy a copy of said book if it were produced “artistically” as a very limited publication run. Especially if net revenue were going to some favorite charity.

    But I just don’t see myself buying a copy based on your current proposal. Of course that may change if your cartoonist friends include some interesting names. A book of Wil Wheaton quips illustrated by Scott Adam would certainly change the dynamic.

  13. I’d definitely buy it. It’d be even better if you included your conversations with your wife and other twitter celebrities too. Stuff like that always brightens my day!

  14. I would buy it! I think the different cartoonist idea is cool as well, maybe have some fan art put in randomly of some of the conversations made by your many fans, and how they see it.

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