Well, except for when Randy says something hilarious and I steal it from him. It happens.
Randy isn’t as funny as he thinks he is, but sometimes the motherfucker is hysterical.
Anyway, Randy had a clever thought for an article.
Usually, when Randy has a clever idea for an article, then the article belongs to me. He throws it out there and I grab the idea and run with it.
This time, he wrote a little more than he usually does. Still bare bones, but more than just the core of a story. I loved his idea as soon as the words were out of his mouth, but hesitated at pouncing on the idea because he had done a little work on it.
Me: I love that. Awesome. I would love to work on that idea. I mean, unless you wanted to write it or something.
Randy: Oh, did you want to write it?
Me: Uhhh, yeah. I really want to. It’s a great idea. Although, seriously, this is entirely up to you. It’s your story.
Randy: What do you think?
Me: I mean, it’s not like I’d withhold sex or anything.
Randy: It is a good idea, isn’t it?
Me: You know, I think this is bigger than a one article thing. I think we could blow this out. Maybe, even collaborate on it.
Randy: Are you inviting me to participate in my own idea?
Me: It’s not like I’d withhold sex or anything.
Me: Yeah, I’d be totally cool sharing a byline or whatever. Some people can be territorial, you know? Become a little diva-ish and not want to share a “writer” status with their significant other. Not me, though. I would love to work with you.
Me: Although, the creative control would have to be 46% you and 54% me. No way are you having controlling interest. Or even half. Someone has to make the final decision and that’s going to be me.
Me: Or how about this? We get veto coupons. You get 5 and I get 100. And then we can use them to override the other person’s idea if we really hate it. My coupons can override your override but yours can’t override mine.
Randy: I don’t see how that is fair.
Me: Well, it’s because I have controlling interest. So really, what it comes down to, is I will have 95 overrides after I override your 5 overrides. The upside for you is, once I override 95 of your ideas, then I will be out of coupons. Although, you can’t just say stupid shit to use the coupons up.
Randy: Who decides if it’s stupid or not?
Randy: I haven’t agreed to share the idea yet, so I really have all the coupons.