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Magic Bird Book titles: The Rejected Pile

11 Apr

I’ll admit, when it first came up that we might change the title from GEARWING to something else, I was a little sad. While it may have been the Magic Bird Book whenever I talked about it online, Gearwing was ALWAYS Gearwing in my head, right from when I first started working on it. But, I took a deep breath and saw this as an opportunity to come up with something even better, which I think we have. I love FLIGHTS AND CHIMES AND MYSTERIOUS TIMES, and can’t wait to see how it’ll look on a cover.

But, there were three people involved in making this decision, and two of them were me and Brooks. Which means that, as they say, hilarity ensued. We tried to brainstorm and it descended into madness every time. Here, then, is a mostly comprehensive list of the titles that didn’t make the cut:

Right away, Brooks went the movie route for a whole series:

  • THE GEAR & THE WING
  • GEARWING 2: LONDON DRIFT (credit actually to a different B for this one)
  • GEARWING 3: THE VEGAS JOB
  • GE4RWING
  • FIFTH GEAR

…no.

Then we rejected:

  • FEAR & LOATHING IN LONDINIUM
  • THE SONG OF GEARS & WINGS: A DANCE WITH DIRIGIBLES
  • WHERE THE WIRED THINGS ARE
  • INFINITE QUEST
  • THE UNBEARABLE FLIGHTNESS OF BEING
  • MAYFAER LADY
  • THE BIRD & HIS BOY
  • JACK FOSTER & THE GOBLET OF FIRE (not a wildly inaccurate title)

…alas, also no, fitting as some of those actually are.

And then there was:

  • CLOCKWORK DRAGONS: ‘NUFF SAID
  • LITTLE LORCAN LEARNS A LESSON (I think I threatened to stop talking to Brooks at this point)
  • THE BIG GEARWING THEORY

And then, finally, the fun and games had to come to an end. I closed my computer and about 20 minutes later got a message from Brooks that really just shut the whole thing down, because we were never, ever going to top:

  • ARTIFICE FOWL

So there you have it. A lot of SUPER SERIOUSNESS goes into choosing a title, you see. 😉

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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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One response to “Magic Bird Book titles: The Rejected Pile

  1. Mother Derp

    April 12, 2013 at 3:28 am

    WHERE THE WIRED THINGS ARE is a thing that needs to happen.

     

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