About a year ago, elated over the news that my friend Erica had gotten engaged (to the BEST guy ever, Chris), I decided to commission a custom portrait for them as an engagement gift.
It was, hands down, the best gift I have ever given. A piece of art (that actually looked great) of the two of them that they could hang in their home for the rest of their lives? Sooo much better than a bottle of wine.
So it got me thinking...
If you're like me, you don't just love the art, music, books, and film. You want them inside of you. You want to make them yours. The chance to have a piece of it that you don't just own, but is about you?
People dream of that kind of shiz.
The thing is, I can't draw or paint to save my life. I don't play any instruments except for the recorder (though my rendition of "Hot Cross Buns" has moved people to tears). I don't know how to film or edit heartwarming videos (but in 2015 I will. Yay goals!).
But I can tell a story. And more than that? It's one of my deep and abiding loves in life to show others that they don't just have a story...they have a great story.
So I'm putting together a new venture.
I want to write a story for you.
Short or long, about you or your mom, hilarious or heartwarming...you get to pick. You can commission a personalized love story of your sister and her fiance as a wedding gift...a campy superhero saga starring the best friend who was just diagnosed with cancer...a sweet tale for the 10-year-old niece who loves books and would die to be the heroine in one...a You're Gonna Make It After All chick lit story with a happy ending to cheer up your BFF after a hard break-up...
I'll even do erotica, ala Fifty Shades of Grey.
I can't promise it'll be good erotica...but it will be entertaining. I can definitely promise that...
(Also, I once wrote a "Dear Penthouse, I Never Thought It Would Happen To
Me" joke story for a guy friend about him and this girl he had a stupid crush
on, so I can pretty much guarantee that a story like that for you will
be waaaaay less creepy to write.)
The point is, it gets to be whatever you want it to be for whomever you want it to be.
A story all of your own.
First things first, though...
I'm putting together a beta-testing group to help cement the structures of this new venture. In return for giving me feedback, everyone in the group will get to commission their own story for a shock-value rate ($40 flat rate. A pretty sweet discount from the $80-$120 regular rates, yeah?)
Shoot me a message at ambercoloredproductions at the G mail dot com with the subject line of "Tell me a story" and I'll send you all the details.