How’s it going? My week flew by. All I have to say is:
Messed up book bibliography + forgotten resource list + additional research = big trouble.
And also what I spent my week straightening out.
It was really no one’s fault–I’d forgotten about that list months ago…
Anyway, let’s get to it.
For those who don’t know, every Friday is Fabulous Fiction Friday, and a writing prompt here at Fiction and Copy Decoded.
For those of you who already know, I’m thinking of continuing the Crossword Clues series until number 20, and then going on to something else.
Here’s your Triple F prompt:
Across clue 1: Taras Bulba author (5 letters)
Across clue 2: Get ____ of (reach) (5 letters)
Okay, what now?
The fun part! Okay…
I’ve got “Gogol” for number one, and “ahold” for number two here. And yes, I had to look it up. Except for Tolstoy and maybe one or two others, I’m clueless about Russian authors.
Okay, this Taras Bulba was a novella about an old Russian soldier guy and his two sons. And a 1962 movie with Yul Brynner was sorta made about the story.
Okay. So Gogol isn’t much to go on, but we do have character and gender picked out–if you’d like to use a Russian guy (or girl) for your version of this prompt, go ahead.
Otherwise, everything, including plot and setting, is a blank slate. Unless you want to use the plot from the book, or war, or something else.
Or, maybe just a Russian scientist trying to get ahold of something–there’s one idea. What is it? And more importantly, what could possibly go wrong?
You could use half the prompt–getting something or getting something back is intentionally vague. Here’s another idea–maybe I should do another post series for Triple F where I actually generate more ideas based on my own prompts, instead of coming up with new ones all the time.
Or how about someone trying to give something away? There’s a good technique for prompt-spinning. Just do the opposite. If I say cat, you say dog (or bird, monkey, or what-have-ya). If I say eight-headed Rarkan beast, you…figure out what that thing is, and then go from there.
And if you’d like to stop by and browse other prompts for even more ideas, feel free.
I barely registered that this was the first week of November, except for that phantomesque extra hour of sleep, which was great. That’s one of the many parts of being a kid I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow–and I like it that way. It’s fun adjusting to that extra hour.
Anyway, make it an awesome weekend, with good memories, all right?
Until next time (and week),