Friday, July 26, 2013

Snuff The Magic Dragon...Lived By The Sea...


As you all know by now, due to my incessant pestering this week, SNUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON is out. In fact, I know some of you have read it already - which is awesome but not too hard to believe because it's only 123 pages.

Anyhoo - it got me thinking. I had some other plans for other Non-Bombay projects, but I've decided to put them on hold and do one more collection before the year is out.

I had a LOT of fun writing this book. I'll admit that I was nervous because short stories aren't really my thing.  But I've been assured in the last five days that fans like this idea and want more. So that's what I'm gonna give them.

The only thing is trying to come up with six more stories. I have a few ideas:

- Something set in the wild American West - there were lots of baddies with weird names like 'Crazy Legs Pete' (Okay, I made that up but I'll bet there's someone out there somewhere that fits that description;

- Something where the first Bombay went rogue and had to be hunted down - creating that rule. Someone said on FB that they wanted to know more about how the (ironically) Draconian rules of the Bombay Family came from. I think this is a good way to showcase that, maybe;

- Something maybe a little supernatural - I always wanted to try that.  Not sure what that would be yet, but I'm working on it.

I'm open to ideas. What in the Bombay's history would you want to see?

The Assassin

34 comments:

Marnee Bailey said...

I've been crazy this week travelling and having company, so I haven't read the book. So if these ideas overlap with something in this book, just ignore me.

Something with samurai swords. I think that'd be cool. I bet you'd write a great ninja.

Paranormal, huh? I've been wanting to see something paranormal with a witch doctor. That might just be me, though.

Terri Osburn said...

I started the first story last night, but can't remember what all the other ones are. So as Marn say, forgive me if I'm repeating one you've already done.

For para, there had to be an end to all the awful periods in history, right? So why not have them end thanks to a Bombay? The end of the Salem Witch Trials. The end of the Spanish Inquisition. I know you've done Rasputin so there's a precedent.

Definitely include the Wild West. And you must include a pirate story. That whole Blackbeard thing has enough mystery around it to make great Bombay fodder.

Leslie Langtry said...

OMG! I LOVE the witch doctor idea!!! I could do some pre- SHOGUN thingy!

Leslie Langtry said...

I really do need a pirate story, Terri, don't I?

Terri Osburn said...

You do. So much fodder for that kind of story.

It's odd, but I keep trying to think of famous assassinations throughout history, and I keep coming up with good people being killed, which doesn't fit the Bombay MO. Why is it always the good people??

MsHellion said...

I'm for the WITCH DOCTOR one...that sounds pretty hilarious.

And I would love one with the Spanish Inquistion...you know righting wrongs and all that.

Did you do any set in Rome or anything? (Julius Caesar or Nero as Rome burns?)

Leslie Langtry said...

I only kill the baddies, Terri. ;)

Hellion - I could do Rome - I think Caesar would be too hard because the details are so well-known. Maybe the Fall of Rome? Assassination of a nation?

MsHellion said...

There were so many dirty emperors, corrupt things, I think they were always mysteriously dying off.

MsHellion said...

What about: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_III_of_England? Didn't he die on the battlefield? No one knows who did it? AND there's like a poem about my kingdom for a horse--so his death happens because the Bombay keeps doing things to get him killed in the battle and finally has to do it himself or something??

Terri Osburn said...

I know, Les. I was just lamenting that in real life so many good people get assassinated.

MsHellion said...

Well, I think that was the TWIST to begin with, wasn't it? That the Bombays were assassins who were working for GOOD? *LOL*

Marnee Bailey said...

I'd love a Bombay pirate story. It seems so... fitting. LOL!!

Haleigh said...

I love the idea of including the Salem Witch trials somehow, or making the witch doctor living near Salem. It'd be fascinating to see how real witches reacted to their non-witch counterparts being burned at the stake. I have no idea how it ended in real life, but a couple well-timed assassinations could surely be worked in :)

Terri Osburn said...

What about the Bermuda Triangle? Could the Bombays have conducted assassinations in that area without realizing they were created a mystery that would live on?

Leslie Langtry said...

Oooooh! The Bermuda Triangle! Off to google...

Maureen said...

What about Maria Leveau? That would be the voodoo witch to tangle with! And since there is always another one, it could be a job for each generation!

I'd love to know where the rule came from about hunting down family members... And I still think you could write new novels... Have someone wake up and find it was all a bad dream...

And...how about having a Bombay go after some of the more shitty missionaries in the South Pacific... Or be involved in the beheading of Magellan? Wasn't it Magellan who lost his head in the Philippines?

Kathleen O said...

Mmmmm... I think maybe an Antebellum type story.. Southern belles and such would be a good one..

Terri Osburn said...

Oh, a Scarlett O'Hara type Bombay. I'd so read that.

Maureen said...

How to kill from under a hooped skirt...

Leslie Langtry said...

Well I DO have to get Cairo Bombay to Santa Muerta...There's a lot here that would do that!

I love the voodoo witch!

OMG I'D LOVE A SCARLETT OHARA BOMBAY!!!

Sigh - I love you guys!

Maureen said...

Ah, we love you, too!

I know when I worked in a bindery, I looked at those giant paper cutters and used to think what a great murder weapon it would make...

I grew up on teenage murder spree movies...

Terri Osburn said...

Yes, we love you, too.

You need something set down under. Death by boomerang or something. Wait, maybe you did that in a book already. My memory is foggy.

Leslie Langtry said...

I like the paper cutter thing - those freak me out and I have 3!

Terri - no, I think you're thinking of Diego Jones - Gin's hubby.

Maureen said...

Ever see an industrial sized one? You could decapitate someone! And dismember them...

Leslie Langtry said...

I'm almost afraid to Maureen!

Terri Osburn said...

I had to look it up.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_TpKTktXApLw/TAf2JYHMK6I/AAAAAAAADyE/oHhmQan2lZ0/s400/papercutter5.jpg

You're welcome.

Terri Osburn said...

Aw hell.

Maureen said...

Okay, why did that happen?

Terri Osburn said...

I just picked the wrong link. And I'm too tired to fix it. Cut and paste, people!

Maureen said...

Oh, that's an old one! I worked with an electric one!

Leslie Langtry said...

So, you just set it and it chop-chop-chopped automatically? Hmmmm...

Maureen said...

Well, no. You place the paper where you want it and have to use your hands at each side, away from the blade, to bring it down. Safety feature... But I do imagine you could do the same with a body...

Maureen said...

Though it has been a long time, they may be totally automated at this point. In fact, they probably are! This was in the early 80s.

Leslie Langtry said...

Sounds like a nightmare!