Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Year of Living Unremarkably?

Recently, the spouse and I watched Julie and Julia, about a thirty year old aspiring writer in New York whose life was going nowhere, until she decided to blog about cooking all of Julia Child's recipes in one year.

The blog took off, Julie got a book deal, and now a movie! Modern fairy tale ending.

It seems all you need to make it big is a kooky idea that takes about a year to implement and *poof* you too can get a book deal and possibly a movie!

Like this lady who decided to read one book a day for 365 days. She's now been tapped to write a book about her experiences.

Or the guy who lived a year with 'zero carbon-footprint'.

Or the guy (A.J. Jacobs) who 'lived biblically' for a year--what the heck does that mean anyway. I guess he was uber-kosher, or something.

A.J. Jacobs, incidentally, is a freaking gimmick genius because he's struck lightning not once, but TWICE. He's also the author of The Know It All, the book about him reading the entire 32 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

With the dawn of the new year, it really makes me wonder: What gimmicky thing can I do for a year, blog about, and maybe never have to work my day job again? far I came up with:

My Year of Mediocre Homecooking and the Occasional Take-Out

My Year of Watching One to Two TV Shows a Day

The 365 Corporate Slave

365 Outfits, Some of Which Are Repeated Often
(Actually, there is this one girl who only wore black dresses for a whole year, so this is not far off the mark!)

A Tattoo A Day (The spouse would not like this, or its corollary--A Piercing A Day).

The 'M'Eat-It-All (I will eat one different species of animal a day. We quickly move from the familiar (beef, pork, poultry) to the exotic (cat, dog, mouse, squirrel, horse, glurp...pardon me, I just threw up a little in my mouth).


This is proving much harder than it appears...I guess I won't be saying goodbye to my day job anytime soon. Sigh.


sammy z said...

I like the idea of Meat it all....i think that'll fly. In fact, i might steal your idea. I'll have to fly to China for some good dog and cat meat tho.

Alice in Wonderland said...

Or Korea! You should totally do it Sammy, I give you permission to take my idea as long as I get a 3% royalty ;-)

Tammy said...

Isn't it ridiculous that people can get book deals for these kinds of gimmicks? I like your ideas much better. There would be at least some tongue-in-cheek humor there. I read the Julie and Julia and thought it was a piece of poorly-written crap. I wanted my money back. You know what does sound like a promising gimmick book though? That book "Under and Alone" by Billy McQueen about the years he spent as a fed working undercover in an outlaw biker gang. That's going to be my next read.

Brenda said...

What a fun blog this was to read! You're funny, Christina :)Happy New Year! Stay in touch.

Alice in Wonderland said...

Tammy--if you thought Julie Powell's first book was a waste of money, you're really going to hurl at her second book, which just hit shelves--Cleaving. It's all about her extra-marital affairs and her attempts to escape them by being an apprentice to a butcher. She's not just a fame-whore...she's a real whore!

Brenda--Hey there! Long time no...interact? I miss your blogging girl! See you on FB ;-)