The Next Big Thing

My BFFFL, Nana Darkoa has asked me to participate in The Next Big Thing. As for this woman di333, she likes these things too much. The exercise has all the qualities of an online version of pilolo (in my humble opinion), but it’s really an opportunity for writers in the blogsphere to tell readers what they’ve been working on, and introduce them to the works of other writers they may or may not already be fans of. Nana answered questions about her next big thing here:

Here’s more about my Next Big Thing.

What is the working title of your book?


I was going to call it Malaka’s Book, since 89% of my friends, family and acquaintances have been asking about “my book”, but I figured Untitled would do the work better service.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

From my valued readers. The contents on my blog Mind of Malaka is an amalgamation of every day events as I experience and witness them. A fair enough number of people have expressed an interest in seeing my blog in book form, and I suppose I should give the people what they want.


What genre does your book fall under?

Is chucklesome a real genre? That’s what I’d put my book under. I’d like to see Barnes & Noble stock my book under the chucklesome section.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I am the main character in my book, so someone insanely attractive and terribly witty would have to play me. Queen Latifah maybe. We’re about the same size, and sport similar scowls. She punched a guy in the face for touching her booty in that one video, which I found SO empowering. I’d like her to play me.

We could hold an open casting call for all the other supporting actors. They don’t have to be household names. They’re just people. However, there’s a groundnut seller that lives/works in Labone that I’d REALLY like to see play a pivotal role in the film. I love groundnuts.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

All I want is some peace, and neither the world nor my children, nor the GOP or President Obama will give it to me.

When will your book be published?

I guess when I finally write it. I’m going to self-publish. I don’t handle rejection well…not well at all. If I were going through a publishing house it would be impossible for me to answer this question. It’d be akin to asking “When will Jesus come?”

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Not long at all! In fact, it’s all stored very neatly in my head and on scraps of paper. It really is a riveting read, once you paste it all together. Pity we can’t publish and sell scripts emblazoned on toilet paper. I’d be a millionaire by now.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I think the experiences I share are issues that anyone with a pulse can relate to. Constipation. Shopping. Dieting. Those sorts of things. Only people whose synapses have ceased to fire will find that there is nothing in this book to pique their interest; for obvious reasons.


*At this point I’m supposed to invite two other people to share their next big thing and give them a one week deadline to complete the exercise. I really can’t be bothered to harass anyone. Any volunteers? Most of the MOM Squad have blogs of their own. Who’s got next? Leave a comment here with the link to your Next Big Thing so that we can all read it. I’m on vacation mode…