Co-write With A Kid

Last weekend at Balticon I got into a conversation with an editor friend. As we were chatting, another author came up to the table and my editor friend told her about a new anthology she is shepherding. The description of the antho was a little nutty. I can’t really speak about it, but the collection will either be awesome or ridiculous or both. The author listened to the description, laughed nervously, and said something like, “well, if I have any ideas, I’ll let you know.”

Let me say, the author had no ideas. It’s a crazy anthology.

I guess I sort of started staring off into space with an odd look in my eye because, after the author ran away, the editor said that it looked like I had an idea and would I care to submit. I said, of course, and started talking about Ax Cop!

Ax Cop, if you don’t know, is a comic series written by a 5 year old and drawn by his adult brother. It’s crazy. It makes no sense. It was recently picked up to be a cartoon on FOX.

So I told the editor that I was going to co-write my submission with my 5 year old son.

Milo and I have begun outlining. He has told me the idea for our story, started filling in details, and I’ll tell you what: it’s crazy. I kind of love it and I hope that my prose can do it justice. If it doesn’t make the anthology, I’ll post it here later this summer.

About jonahknight

Jonah writes, records, and performs songs about ghosts, monsters, steampunk, and creepy Christmas tunes. Is that geek music? Nerd music? Filk? Who knows. Find more at He also co-hosts (with Mikey Mason) the Pros and Cons podcast. A Parsec Finalist, the show is about geek music and convention culture.

3 thoughts on “Co-write With A Kid

  1. I look forward to reading your co-authored story. Kids imaginations are the wildest. Just yesterday I was talking with my 10-year old boy about Unicorns. He said he was more afraid of unicorns than he was of the clown in “IT”. I asked him why and he said it was because unicorns fart rainbows and poop magical glitter (which is the complete opposite of awesome in the mind of a 10 year old boy). I now feel the urge to write a story about rainbow farting and magical glitter pooping unicorns.

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