Triple F: What If This Happened to Your Dishes?

How was your week? Mine was busy, with editing and doing other things in life (like making sure I have clean clothes to wear and that at least some of the silverware and plates are clean).

I wrote a lot about routine this week, and I realized that “routine” is a great source for fiction because I do things in my life that others don’t do in theirs, and vice versa (that’s why blogging is so awesome).

So for this week’s Triple F, we’ve got:

Your character is doing the dishes and they drop one. But it doesn’t break. Why not, and what happened to prevent it?

I left this open for a good reason–but maybe too open. One little plot point, with a not-so-obvious twist in it, and that’s it. No character details like gender or backstory, and no setting or plot details except the little one.

Okay, one thing that we’d have to get out of the way–is the dish full or empty? If it slips from someone’s hand as they’re lifting it up, and it still has food on it from dinner, that could happen, theoretically.

What if…

A guy drops a plate with leftover steak on it, and his dog happens to be underfoot? Does the plate land on the guy’s foot, and does the dog get the table scraps?

The dish-washing robot drops the plate because he’s low on lubricant in his finger joints, but manages to shoot a tractor beam to prevent the dish from breaking? Who invented this robot, and why? Where is it? And why would a robot that cool be used only to do the dishes?

Or maybe a girl drops a plate full of mashed potatoes that a guest hadn’t touched, only to have it grabbed by a hand that peeks out of the space-time continuum–a hand belong to a dude who’s an interstellar traveler doing good for the galaxy, and who hasn’t had mashed potatoes–his favorite food–in years. Does anything continue beyond the impromptu dinner–time travel, maybe?

All right. That’s enough to get the creative juice flowing, grease your mental gears, liven your mental wiring, or what-have-ya.

April is about 3/4 over–next week is the last, and the Sunday after that is May 1st.

Make it a great weekend, with good memories, all right?

Until next time,



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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