Kidneys seem to be all the rage right now. My favorite cake pop site, Bakerella, has even made a dessert treat for the occasion. (Photos are from her site.)
She was inspired to make this adorable, edible organ from this stuffie she received from I Heart Guts. (I have to admit I love the ovary the most.)
The reason she received such a gift was due to getting an even better present from her mother, a kidney transplant. I didn’t know this cleansing organ was so popular until I found out a week later my awesome cousin was doing the same for my wonderful aunt. I think I know who is now at the top of the favorite relative list. These two occurrences made me realize the latest fade of donating kidneys was really taking off.
The problem is the time it will take me to find someone in need, go through all the testing, and prep for the surgery, the kidney trend will be passé. Another transferable organ, like cutting off a piece of liver to regenerate in someone else’s body, might be the new big thing. This same principal goes for writing. (You were worried I couldn’t connect them, weren’t you?)
Often on the writing blogs, boards, and conversations, wanna-be writers ask what the big thing is. They are regularly told not to chase after trends because the publishing process is long. By the time your book on kidneys finally makes it on an agent’s desk, they are buried in tons of organ love triangles where everyone chooses the heart. The kidney has been tossed aside like they are a dime a dozen.
What I find troubling is, what if it’s taking me forever to finish my book and the original idea I had two years ago has come and gone? It will come down to whether my story is unique enough to stand out, but compatible enough to resonate with many. Like finding a match for an organ donation, it’s a perfect fit when both sides need it the most.
Get well Aunt Marian and Eileen. Love you both!