Probably not what you were expecting when you saw “RTB” on a column header. Sorry about that. Anyway, welcome to the experiment! I’m trying out something new here … a way to stay in touch with you, the loyal fanbase, during the hiatuses (hiati?) between editions of the column. Maybe do some Q&A, or riffing on RTB ideas that never went anywhere, break news, tease upcoming columns, talk about current events, what have you.
So, to answer the “when’s the next column” question … don’t know. No news from Simon or CG on their progress. Feel free to annoy them at their respective emails with guilt trips galore. They deserve it, the lazy bums (kidding, guys!). Mathew Sforcina, whose debut has been hyped so much it’s threatening to become Wrestlecrap’s version of Dr. Dre’s Detox, had a few other projects pop up that took precedence. Plus, he’s had trouble choosing his debut topic. He wants to impress his first time out and knows the expectations of the RTB fanbase are high, so he might also be a skosh nervous. If you’d like to give him words of encouragement, or just nag him to get off his lazy keester, by all means, do so. In the meantime, if you’d like to read his writing, go thee to 411’s wrestling section. He writes the Ask 411 column every Wednesday, and does a mighty fine job. If you dig in the archives and find his Evolution Schematic, that’s another treat. Very compelling reads, they be.
“Well, those guys are all fine and dandy … but what about you, Jed? When’s your follow-up to the Goldberg saga?”
What a handsome question, imaginary question-asker person! And the answer is … complicated.
Problem #1 is that, since my semi-retirement, I’ve had three stories partially started but unfinished on the backburner, and it was always my intention to see them through. Goldberg was one of them. But I’m not feeling the fire from the remaining two. I have the basic outline of one story sketched out, “What if Bret Hart lost at Summerslam 1997?”, and it’s a great story … but the voice has proven elusive. The other story, involving the ramifications of Shane Douglas keeping the NWA Championship, I only have a rudimentary idea for a first act. Where it goes, where it ends, I’ve not a clue, and it’s so vast an idea, it can’t just be improvised on. Plus … you deserve the writing to be inspired, not forced. Inspired writing gets you “Who ran over Stone Cold?” and “DX invades Nitro”. Forced writing gets you “The Corporate Champion” and “The Invasion”. Your mileage may vary on those, but for me, those are my Music From The Elder and Trans.
How badly did I date myself with those references?
Problem #2: competition for my attention. Not on the family front, but from other writing projects. Something I hinted at in the Goldberg aftershow column was a project I was trying to get off the ground, being trying my hand at writing for Cracked. The first pitch crashed and burned. I’ve got a few more pitch ideas, but what’s hanging me up is I’m not a natural comedy writer, and I don’t have a bottomless well of comedic possibilities. A few ideas, yes, possibly some real funny ones … but I’m hesitant to start on this road if I think I can already see the end of it. So … that’s sitting there, waiting for me to make a decision.
Another draw on my time is an ongoing vanity project of mine. If you’re not familiar with EWR (Extreme Warfare Revenge), allow me to explain: it’s basically a wrestling promotion version of SimCity, done all with a menu-driven interface. If you’re the kind who’s ever thought they could book a promotion and make it successful, it’s a good way to see if you’re right. A few of us from the forums created a forum of its own dedicated not only to EWR, but chronicling our ongoing games, presenting each “episode” of “TV” like a script or recap, complete with promos, match results, everything. I’ve been doing it for … oh, man, six years? Don’t know. Lost track. Anyway, it’s very fun, but writing the shows is also a huge time-sucker (and if you’d like to read the product of this ongoing effort, go here; bring a few lunches, though, because there’s a lot to catch up on).
There’s also a third writing project that’s sort of standing in the way, but not quite … it depends really. It depends on you, dear reader.
See, the idea of turning RTB into a book was put in my head long ago, and while I tried, publishers didn’t bite. The format just didn’t work for a book in their eyes. Fine and dandy. I moved on. But recently, it was brought to my attention that one can self-publish on Kindle. And boom, the old idea came calling back. So now, I’m weighing this idea …’
But that’s where you come in. I wouldn’t just want to put five or seven or whatever number of old columns in an e-book format, call it good and expect you to buy it. Why buy what you can get for free? No, there’s need to be incentive. It’d need extra, exclusive content. What would be good enough? Expanded, revised editions of old columns? A few new columns? Something I haven’t thought of yet? And what would be a good price? All questions that I can attempt to answer myself … but the answer I’m most concerned with is yours, dear reader. It’d be you buying said potential book, not me.
So, here’s your homework assignment, dear fans. You tell me, because if this has a chance, you’re the ones putting an Alexander Hamilton in my pocket. Would you buy an RTB book? What’s a fair price? What kind of extra content would you get you interested in buying it?
And on that note, what would you like you to see in future installements of RTB Editorials? Don’t hold back. All cromulent ideas will be considered. This column cannot be embiggened enough. So send me your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment or hit me up on Twitter @zeteticbynature. Hopefully, I’ll get enough ideas and content to make this pretty regular … at least, I figure every couple weeks. Sound good? Cool. Cool-cool-cool.