One of my habits is, sporadically, to go through old stuff in order to throw most of it away and be reminded of the few nuggets worth preserving.
As I was doing that, I came across a little Post-it note on which I seem to have scribbled, at some point over the past four years, ideas for titles and subtitles for my book, to be discussed with my editor. (As you can see from the older posts with the tag “titles“, it was on my mind for a long time.)
Here are the ones just on that particular Post-it note:
Hannibal and You: Uncovering the mysteries of success and failure in our lives
Reversal: Triumph and disaster in life, from ancient times to today
The two impostors: Tracing the mystery of triumph and disaster from antiquity to our own lives
The Hannibal Archetype: The eternal mystery of triumph and disaster in life
Hannibal’s riddle: The mystery of success and failure in life
When Hannibal met Scipio: The mystery of success and failure in our lives
The Hannibal Challenge
In the end, of course, the publisher chose the title and subtitle you see on the jacket on the right, and at the top of this blog. What would you have chosen?