NaNoWriMo: Saturday Chores Edition

Eleanor Roosevelt once said

“The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.”

It’s been a busy day around here at Castle Kredwyn.

Writing has been happening…cleaning and grocery store trips have also been in the works. Course I also shot a cranky email off to Senators Feinstein and Schumer for their wrongheaded decisions.

But now…I’m hungry. And since my characters have hied themselves off to the Green Man Pub for some grub, I thought that food would be a good idea.

Writers cannot work on empty stomachs…

And so my plan is to roast some chicken in the oven with the pesto mix that I made back before the nights began to get really cold and the leaves of my basil plants started to turn brown.

The chicken will work in the oven for about an hour, which is good for me.

I’m not drinking any beer. Darn it. I had a pumpkin ale last night in lieu of Captain Morgan and coke. I confess…I forgot the coke. Next thing I knew…this fuzzy feeling came over me and I all but fell asleep at the keyboard.

So no beer for me this evening.

The air is brisk outside. That cool crisp breeze helps a lot when it comes to clearing out the wonky energies from the house.

So this is kind of a Nano check in to see how y’all are doing.

Anyhow…here’s some plot twist ideas that I ran across the other day (anything that puts chocolate & skunk together has got to be interesting):

Take these 7 words and re-write them into a sentence to be incorporated into your story:

gallop crooked siren macabre fluttering shudder vintage

shy skull brash horror release rage journey

traitor tranquil raced deadly grumpy rhapsody jagged

temple reward tunnel foster sick tournament spotless

chocolate harrowing skunk jokes wander artist frightened

sequined insectoid shallow daunting pyramid book gorgeous

competition ooze foggy flames spiral stranger quickest

coward thief scared eyeball screech laugh strange

stranger fire uncovered haunted document tragedy excavation

tease shiver ancient twitch squealed absorb liar

angel nasty fever visitor dependable modified curved

impenetrable fuzzy unusual outstanding microscopic talons typical

deep triumphant evaded wings flipped overgrown stripes

foolish slobbered idiot adroit acrobat cherish cheater

magnetic patrol hidden guess vanish shard crawled

teeming dancer thrill transform mask thirst limber

deny dictator sweat swelling worried rust curdling

brave checkered sly fierce hobbled underneath fatal

So how’re y’all doing?

Update I just wanted to say “Wow!” There’s a lot of garlic in that pesto. Looks like I’ll be safe from whatever vampires y’all come up with.


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    • kredwyn on November 4, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Will probably spend most of tomorrow trying to catch up and get what’s left of the mess known as reorganization dealt with.

    I’m still trying to figure out how I wound up with all of these books.

    • pico on November 4, 2007 at 8:38 am

    one interesting plot generator is Mathews’ Algorithm, which I mentioned (a little) here.

    Here’s how it works.  Make a table of sentences involving your characters and plot elements you’ve already used, and keep it relatively parallel.  A simple one is Subject + Verb + Direct Object.  If we use an example with famous characters:

    Don Quixote fights windmills.
    Sancho Panza rides a donkey.
    Dulcinea sings to her neighbor.

    Now, think of this as a 3×3 table:

    Don Quixote fights windmills
    Sancho Panza rides a donkey
    Dulcinea sings to her neighbor

    Shift the second column down once, and the third column twice:

    Don Quixote sings to a donkey
    Sancho Panza fights his neighbor
    Dulcinea rides windmills

    Heck, if you don’t like that, do it a second time:

    Don Quixote rides his neighbor
    Sancho Panza sings to windmills
    Dulcinea fights a donkey

    Voilà!  Instant story!  What a great plot you have, with Quixote singing to a donkey that Dulcinea later sings to!

    If it seems too schematic, consider this: Mathews wrote an entire novel using this system (Cigarettes), and it’s so elegant we still have no idea what elements went into his algorithm.  It’s that smooth.

    • RiaD on November 4, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    i’ve been sick…still am. haven’t written since wednesday, doesn’t look like i’ll be up to it today either.
    Good for you things are still progressing at your end…although i don’t know how you manage to do other things when you write…I’m more like joan wilder(romancing th stone)and just obsess til its out of me.

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