People often give me ideas for books. They're not always serious, but sometimes they are. The ideas aren't always feasible ones, but again, sometimes they are. I wasn't sure what kind of thing to write on a blog, so my wife suggested I talk about the ideas people suggest. So here's the first one: I once went to H&R Block to get my taxes done, and when I told the consultant I was a writer, he suggested I write a novel about a man who reveals to his tax consultant that he owns more than two dozen large snakes. The tax consultant has to decide whether or not to alert the police; in the end, he decides not to. Perhaps this would work better as a short story.