I've done many short films where people were extremely excited through the process and it made the whole experience that much more pleasurable. I teamed up with a person one time to write a screenplay and only weeks later found myself working alone, so the fire went out and it remains a great idea that will most likely never come to fruition. Recently I began a musical venture with a friend. The fire went out in them within days and I was left writing alone. Soon after, per usual, my excitement dissipated followed by abandoning the idea and -- at least for now -- scrapping the whole thing.
There is something about putting two or more heads together to give birth to something that wouldn't be the same with just one imagination that is very appealing to me. Since I decided to start writing again, the collaboration idea returned and gnawed at me; an itch that once again I wanted to pursue scratching. I contacted a published friend of mine and shared with him my interest in working with him on a short story with the hopes of publishing it through one of two independent entities before the summer was up. We scheduled a "sit-down" and met yesterday to go over the details.
The first encouraging sign was that he brought a schedule book with him with questions written to ask. To me it spoke professionalism and sincerity. He took notes through most of our discussion. I pitched some ideas and we easily agreed on one. We both felt it was important to set a timeline goal and so one was appointed based upon our relatively busy schedules. Perhaps this collaboration will not be miscarried but will give birth to ideas that were conceived in the month of May 2014. I'm hoping for a healthy bouncing baby boy!
"It's a helluva start, it could be made into a monster
If we all pull together as a team." ~ Pink Floyd