As silly (and cliche) as this question EVERYONE asks themselves on occasion, this has actually been a topic me and my wife has been talking about for the past week. What would we do with a million dollars?
Karii Lynn has her own intentions with it, that are very noble. Me? Well, I am a LITTLE more selfish guess. Now, there are a few things that come to mind, of course. A trip to Florida (or hell, ANYWHERE in the world). Relocation to Florida (which is still one of those pesky dreams that keep coming up from time to time). Buy a 55 inch 3D TV, ahem! I could even expand my movie/book collection farther.
In truth, there only three dreams/wishes I would love to accomplish *IF* I had the money. A million dollars certainly would be a good start.
1) I would buy the rights to Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER book series, and turn it into a TV show on HBO! Okay, fine - laugh it up (and let’s be honest, this is as unrealistic as it gets). However, the proposed idea has been floating around Hollywood for YEARS. It’s one of those development hell projects that can’t get any farther than a screenplay. The reasoning behind that: nobody see the potential. HBO is a home for the 8 book-series (so it wouldn’t be dumbed/toned down, like the horrid ‘Under the Dome.’ Each book can be represented as a season. Am I the only one out there that has this vision?
Ideally, a million dollars certainly wouldn’t achieve much (buying the rights to the Ayreon albums, and turning them into movies would likely to happen before I would even get a chance to even be close to getting my hands on THE DARK TOWER). And let’s be honest, who would take the author of ‘Wastin’ Away’ serious.
Which leads me to…
2) A dream I had since I was 15 years old, is to own a movie theater (going back to my roots of working at the movies). I would LOVE to buy a movie theater somewhere in Florida, and run it my own way. It has to be a 15-screen movie house (14 digital projectors, one 35 mm for nostalgic proposes, so I could showcase old classic movies). I would even remodel the multiplex, adding a movie memorabilia/movie poster shop (saddens me movie theaters don’t provide).
This would be perfect in the 90s. But we are talking 2014, where independent movie theaters that aren’t part of a chain is as scarce as a drive-in theater. Owning my own movie theater would be cool, but would also be lethal if I ever wanted to be successful.
Which leads me to the third (and the most logical) dream to achieve if I had a million dollars…
3) Convert my WASTIN’ AWAY PRESS website/name into an actual, full-fledged book publishing company, and give writers like me a chance to get published. When I launched the Facebook page/Tumblr blog, the idea was to share my writings/interest to the world. I want to do a lot more than that.
Of course, there’s self-interest in this - I would have a platform to write whatever the hell I want to write (which all writers should have that freedom, a belief I even made as a theme in my \m/ story). I know I am not the only pesky writer out there that wants to get heard/read. The first and foremost difference my publishing company would function compared to the rest, a writer wouldn’t need an agent to be published.
Three crazy ideas, but hey - at least it’s not a big screen TV I don’t need! :p