How was your week? I was running around yesterday, and just got the clothes off the line before rain drenched everything here for about 20 minutes. And I mean the serious it’s-coming-down-in-sheets-NOW kind of rain.
I’ll be getting on the phone to bend the ear of another copywriter later today, and I think that’ll be productive. And after that I’ll be Facebooking a friend I haven’t really talked to in-depth since he moved to Arkansas after he got married.
So that’ll be cool. And all these little tidbits will get stored up into my brain, shaken around, and come out later for blog posts, emails, fiction plots, characters, and what-have-ya.
Speaking of fiction, let’s get to it.
Labor Day was last week, and I didn’t pick up a paper. So that means I’ll have to use the same paper for this Crossword Clues that I used last week (gasp).
For those of you who don’t know, here at Fiction and Copy Decoded we have a writing prompt (which copywriters should look at too), every Friday.
So for this week and Triple F, here it is:
Across clue: Carry __ (some luggage); 3 letters
Across clue 2: Tqh, when in print; 4 letters
What happens now?
For my answers, I’ve got “ons,” and “typo.”
Okay, looks like we’ve got basically nothing to go on but a general idea. Things like character (including gender, background, what-have-ya), setting, and plot will all have to be filled in.
How about there was a typo on the airport board, and people didn’t know they were part of a “carry off” bags prank? There would be lawsuits, I know, but just trying to turn a possibly boring situation around. Why would baggage handlers be paid to take bags off the plane, and not put them on? (Or maybe different sets of handlers are paid, one for putting on, and another for taking off. Not sure how that works with the bags). So that may not be very fictional. And where do the bags go? Or we could throw a big problem in there. Maybe an alien woman lost a very important bag when she’s going to meet her fiance and because of the broken teleporter her special pre-wedding gift for him can’t be reconstituted. Hmm. That’s more interesting. We’d have to figure out why she needed to/wanted to bring a gift, and what made it so important. We’d also need to sketch a society around her and him, so that readers would have something to see.
In another completely different direction, we could turn “typo” into “Type O,” only this time, instead of talking about blood, maybe we’re talking about personality type. If A and B both have blood and personality types to go with them, why not Type O? And how could we go about it, fictionally to get it done? Maybe a dude is researching things, and comes across something a little crazy in the lab?
Or, to go the everyday route, we could have a typo in the paper that leads a character to a hilarious result (being way too early, meeting the wrong person at the right place, or the right person at the wrong place, or what-have-ya).
Eventually we’ll have to close this out for today. I could come up with a lot more ideas (including a few that concern the ideas themselves), but eventually I have to slow down.
And then stop.
September is almost half over. It’s been slow to heat up, so far (and I don’t mean the 90s we got here for weather last week), but we’ll see where things go from here. There’s still time to cook up some excitement, new projects, and continue on with older ones–not to mention learning new things, and getting them mixed in with everything else I’m up to.
Make it a great weekend, with good memories, all right?
And if you have any questions or comments, drop me a line in the box under this post.
Until next time (and week),