Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Beware of nightmares of sharp, pointy objects in the emperor’s garden giving you a really terrible haircut


Jewish date:  11 Shevaṭ 5770 (Parashath Beshallaḥ).

Today’s quasi-holidays:  National Speak Up and Succeed Day, Spouse’s Day, Australia Day.

Worthy causes of the day:  “action.firedoglake.com | Tell House Progressives: Stand Up for Real Reform, Vote Down the Senate Bill” and “Payment Cuts for Medicare Physicians are Bad News for Older Americans - The Petition Site”.  Also:  I got my H1N1 influenza shot this morning.  Please consider getting your H1N1 flu shot and save someone else from getting the disease.

Today’s weird thing is Random plot points, AKA Let's put your character in a sticky situation.  This is a potentially useful device for writers.  Just press the button and get a fresh idea of what to have happen.  E.g.:
Those prescient dreams they have been having were pretty cool until that nightmare last night.
Metaphorically or otherwise, your character is tied and blindfolded in a room full of sharp, pointy objects. They must move very carefully, or they will get a nasty slice.
Entering the emperor's garden and dancing among the sunflowers, your character gets a taste of the brilliant bliss they have always dreamed of. This contrasts with their life and increases their drive. Plus, it gives you a chance to show-not-tell just who your guy/gal is and what they're after.
Character struggles to lose a lot of weight, preferably within a time frame (marathon? high school reunion? superhero convention?)
Really terrible haircut. 
 Enjoy and share the weirdness.

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