What good ol' Steve forgets (in his comments yesterday) are that he and I never had anything in writing when he published "Bless The Beasts" in TYRANT.
Butt seriously - Steve makes some good points. IF the unlikely event occurred and my character or my friend's character was optioned by a big studio etc, at that point, when big money became a reality and not a dream, we would definitely put everything in writing.
Until then - well, Steve still makes a very good point. If I did not really know and trust this friend, I'd probably want more than a handshake. But then why would I want to make such a deal with such an untrustworthy person?
Also - IF my friend screwed me and did NOT give me 10-20% of his big sale - what have I lost? I had nothing to start with.
And if I turned out to be the jerk, and did not give my friend 10-20% of MY big sale, I'd lose a very good friend just to keep a million dollars instead of 800 - 900 thousand. It just ain't gonna happen on my end.
As for my heirs - they'll be covered if and when the money actually exists. Until then, same karma - I actually trust this friend enough to believe that he would do the right thing in such an event. And I think he trusts me to do the same.
So - we're BOTH right! Steve is right, be careful and get it in writing IF THERE IS ANY DOUBT WHATSOEVER. Or when the big money appears. And I am right, why fret over paperwork and lawyers until you absolutely have to? Wasting good energy over such nonsense just mirrors our national shame!
Tomorrow I promise I will post a picture and something stupid, and stop being so dang serious. Who do I think I am anyway, Dave Sim???