Wazzup Pitches?

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Writing excuses last week (www.writingexcuses.com/2012/10…) had a really cool line: think of the pitch for your story before you start writing. If you can't think of a good pitch, there might be something wrong with the story.

And given my trouble with The World's Other Side ("A terrorist falls in love"? "Aborigines conquered the world"? "A language teacher comes to terms with the primitive culture of English-speaking Christians"?) I tend to believe the Writing Excuses people are onto something.

So here are the projects currently on my horizon, more or less in order of completeness.

1) Groom of the Tyrannosaur Queen (bensen-daniel.deviantart.com/g…): "The greatest warrior in a savage world steals a weapon, and discovers the weapon is a woman from the future." Conan the Barbarian meets Battlestar Galactica, more or less literally.

2) New Frontiers (bensen-daniel.deviantart.com/g…): "When a high-level alien investor dies on Earth, inter-species sex-worker must find the real murderer to prevent the enslavement of humanity." David Brin channels Alfred Kinsey.

3) Songs of Glory: "A spy and enchanter for the Ottoman empire uncovers a nest of rebels and a magical artifact of frightening power." James bond kills people with his mind and works for the Sultan.

4) Router (fav.me/d48lws4): "A party of investors, scientists, and adventurers bushwhack their way through an alien world." the Louis and Clark of speculative biology

5) Children's Crusade: "When you beat a kid, it might make them love you. Or it might make them hate you. Guess which kind I am." Only children can do magic, which does not make a happy world for children.

6) Voyage of Discovery (bensen-daniel.deviantart.com/j…): "Baldomir, apprentice to the Rhomanian Strategos, flees Stamboli just ahead of the Chorazmian cannon. He runs so far, in fact, that he discovers a New Continent."

7) Competition: "A jumping gene disease has made different populations of humans unable to interbreed. Someone has to figure out how to broker peace amongst people who can't have babies with each other."

8) Kill the Angels: "A crypto-atheist plots the assassination of a powerful local angel."

9) New World (bensen-daniel.deviantart.com/g…): "A widlife artist trying to stop the exploitation of a newly discovered world finds himself stranded with a group of determined settlers."

10) Birthing Ghosts: "The ghost of a recently departed king attempts to stop the outbreak of civil war in his kingdom, while magicians work to blur the line between the Living, the Dead, and the Divine." AKA The Heike Monogatari, but fun.

11) Connecting people (bensen-daniel.deviantart.com/j…): "A great Hellenic general stumbles across a magical artifact that puts him in contact with the Heavenly Emperor of China. Neither are pleased."

12) Those who Can't: "A hilarious practical joke strands a professional wizard in a foreign country, where to survive he must teach his secrets to others." A Wizard of Earthsea meets Community.

13) My name is Zmey: "A peace corps volunteer in Bulgaria runs afoul of the local mythology." Turns out lizard-people have been controlling us since before history. Who knew? Also romance.

14) Cytopolis: "A girl stumbles into a library where strings of words make people, machines, and monsters." If Niel Gaiman studies biochemistry.

15) Evil Eye: "A family moves to the big city, where they find the powerful Evil Eye works somewhat differently from back in the village."

16) Zoo of Peoples (bensen-daniel.deviantart.com/j…): "Applied social theory has saved humanity a dozen times. But is perfect social engineering worth the cost of social experimentation?"

17) Let us eat them: "A democratic revolution wracks a kingdom where aristocrats gain power through cannibalism." (and special bonus: the real life Tiv people believe that a person's charisma or ability to bend the wills of others is an actual physical substance called "tsav" which is excreted by the heart. You can gain tsav by eating it :)

Which ones sound most interesting? Any other suggestions in pitch-writing or things I need to clarify?
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I like the sound of Evil Eye and My Name is Zmey - apart from the thing about Bulgarians liking it, I think non-Bulgarians will appreciate a bit of authentic local colour.