How has your week been? Mine’s been interesting, and a bit relaxing too. I got news that I’ve been picked for another edit with the publisher I work with, so that’s good.
So anyway, let’s get to it.
Today is number 6 of the Crossword Clues Series for Triple F aka Fabulous Fiction Friday, with a prompt using crossword puzzle clues as a starter (kinda obvious description, I know).
If you haven’t been here before, How The Sunday Paper Makes You a Better Writer will get you started on this (it’s pretty simple, though). And The Triple F Strategy I’ve Been Preaching For (Almost) Years is the first set of clues in this series.
So for the sixth set of these clues, your Fab Fiction Friday prompt is:
Across clue 1: Cap with a feather, to Yankee Doodle (8 letters)
Across clue 2: “The Matrix” hero (3 letters)
These clues don’t intersect at all.
What happens now?
The Matrix is a science fiction/fantasy movie, and Neo (guess that cat’s out of the bag) is a science fiction character–somebody else’s science fiction character. Which means, if you use him, anything he’s in would be fan fiction.
Not really something I’m big on, since it’s highly illegal to sell someone else’s property, or whoever-the-heck-it-is who owns Neo as a character. So yeah, fun is okay, but being sued isn’t.
And I’m not a lawyer, so don’t take anything I say as legal advice, either. Because who knows, I could be getting the rules all wrong, even.
Which is why I’m going to show you how to do something else (provided you want to market/sell what you write, if you’re inspired by my suggestions).
What about Neo’s situation–everything is controlled by machine, and nothing is as it seems? People are kinda being victimized, and they don’t know it–or even have a clue.
There’s something we can work with, without getting sued. Those are factors of the setting and plot that kinda intertwine.
And, we can run with it, no Neo required.
The answer for the other clue is “macaroni,” from the old song, “Yankee Doodle.”
Okay, so we have Neo, and macaroni (and those of you who also saw a bundle of pasta saving the universe, feel free to smile).
But we’re not doing that, though. We’re taking his situation, and macaroni.
How about we have macaroni being the key to everything? That the evil people controlling everything can’t stand it for some reason? Maybe gluten intolerance is the key for the hero to be the hero. All right, that’s really lame sounding. And it would need a lot of shoring up, giving the main character something to lose, and integrating the humor so it would sound like we were serious. And since it seems like its plot-driven, we’d have to make sure only THIS character could pull this off, and why.
What about using macaroni to power cars, lights, and everything else BUT people? Space shuttle launches with pasta for fuel? All right.
How about a company that mandates that its employees eat nothing but macaroni? What’s the penalty? Why does it matter? Can anyone in this pasta-only culture get a job at another company? Would the company have its employees followed to make sure they complied?
Or building skyscrapers out of macaroni? Since the noodles are so short and small, how would things have to change? And what gender/character would be the one to really get things done here? You’d have to pick those things.
Okay, that should be enough to get started.
About another week, and August 2015 (and most of summer) will be gone. I’ll try not to think of yesterday, or mourn the passing of warm weather (although yesterday, it was about 60 degrees here).
Okay, on to the future (and the fact that a bit of research on Yankee Doodle should be the subject for another post or two).
Make it an awesome weekend, with good memories, all right?
And if you’d like, drop me a line in the comments.
Until next time (and week),