Triple F: Daylight Savings Time, And Hopefully No Ice Water…

How’s your week been so far? I’ve been getting into the writing course I’m taking, and doing a lot of editing work (sorry to say the edits are crowding out the writing, to a large extent).

My internet is still acting up, it seems like. I’ve been reduced to being told there’s nothing I can do, except call the tech people every couple of days to see how their tower fixing is progressing.

It’s been about a week since Daylight Savings Time started–here in the U.S. of A. at least. And it’s been kind of hard for me to adjust–maybe my body is still let down from losing that extra hour, I don’t know.

So anyway, I decided to turn that around, and turn it into Triple F.

The prompt for this week is:

Your character forgets to set their clock ahead, and oversleeps for one hour on the day of a scheduled task or appointment. What happens?

Lots of interesting things here. Character details, you’ll have to fill in. Ditto for what the appointment or task happens to be. You’ll even have to figure out what kind of a clock the character has that doesn’t adjust itself–maybe a digital watch or an older computer. (Mostly because smartphones and what-have-ya adjust automatically, a lot of times).

Okay, how about:

We have a girl who sleeps for an extra hour and misses class? What if she needs this class to make her degree? Sometimes things can be fixed in this area, and other times not.

Or a guy oversleeps on the day of his best friend’s wedding–and he’s the best man. What happens there? An hour may not be a lot to make up, but a lot can happen in an hour, too…

What if a time-traveler misses a deadline because his hypersleep adjuster is broken, and now he has to travel back into the past, to make sure he can get back to the future? (Let’s hope he doesn’t decide to settle the laziness of his “other” self by dumping a bucket of ice water on the hypersleep compartment, or something.)

All right, that’s enough to get things fired up, I’d say.

March is a little over halfway done. I may not make the entry for the co-author competition, but I’m going to at least try to get prep done where I can (especially since I think my spin on things may or may not be accepted–may have to think of a new idea).

Anyway, make it a great weekend, with good memories, all right?

Until next time (and week),



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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