I don't worry about anyone stealing my ideas. But I do worry about being trumped. Perhaps inadvertently, but having the idea become less strong because someone else has done something similar.
Last night, Jon Stewart had a skit about pig 'gestation cages' and about the "Rise of the Planet of the Pigs."
I just swore at the screen, because that's how I think of my Tuskers novel, as a kind "Planet of the Pigs." I even use the 'gestation cages' as the motivating factor in the first rise of the rebellion.
So I thought maybe I'd have a bunch of people notice that and tell me on Facebook. But...well, maybe this too will pass. Kind of like when I noticed that there was a Kevin Smith movie called 'Tusks' coming out. Well, that came and went without much notice.
It's a matter of timing. Of catching the zeitgeist. I believe that a Wild Pig Apocalypse story is inevitable. Probably has already been done, who knows?
I spent a year on a book entitled Almost Human and was just finishing a draft when a TV show was announced called -- "Almost Human."
That kind of thing.
Once I've written a book, I want it out as soon as possible. But by going to publishers, it is taking months and months longer than it might otherwise have. And I worry that someone who pull the rug out from under me.
But really, there is no new idea in the world, just variations. I have to keep the faith.
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