I used to think having 'lots of ideas' was a good thing. I'm realizing now it has a dark side. I get so ATTACHED to my ideas that I can't give them up. I hoard them. I suppose it's the fear of running dry. The fear of one day drawing from the well only to find an empty bucket.
Time to put that fear, that lack of belief in myself, to bed. Maybe you can relate?
The remainder of this post will consist of random words, ideas, titles, dialogue snippets, and other bits taken from a stack of notebooks I've been adding to for years. Have at them. Find a use I never thought of. Pass them on. I ignore them. If I use something I'll remove it. (I just found a children's book idea I forgot about that I like. Keeping that one.) Also, if I find an entire notebook is about conflict or something I'm not going to list that. And given the stack I have, I'm actually hoping I find more of that type of content. Yikes.
Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
*A letter to Francis Bellamy about the controversy of his Pledge of Alliance and how it was changed. "Dear Mr. Bellamy,
Please forgive the informal tone of this letter. I know we have not been introduced, but I must confess a familiarity with you that while not quite on the level of a friend, it is well above that of a stranger. This may be startling, especially again since you don't know me, but take it with the highest degree of honesty you may grant me when I tell you your 'oath', put down so succinctly, within the pages of Youth Companion magazine has made a profound mark upon the country of your birth.
An oath or pledge is not a matter taken lightly. You knew this (by all accounts) and measured your words accordingly. Would it then surprise you to learn of the discord and debate you birthed? Please don't think I am placing the blame upon your shoulders. Much has changed in the world since you were called home. Your words have been changed, Mr. Bellamy. Several times in fact."
that's where I left it.
* A children's book about a teen superhero with ADD. The book is narrated by the hero's robotic sidekick Sir Kit.
* George Washington writing a letter to the editor about the inflated cost of diamonds and double standards in general.
"False prophet? False testimony? False witness? All bad. False teeth? Not the same and just fine in my book!
* Necking with statues
* Story about a failed gold theft. Everything goes wrong. The ring leader is thwarted at every turn by accidents and the foibles of his own crew. The story ends after he tries shooting himself but the gun jams.
* Band name: Terrance and His Good Inches.
* "Nothing brings a smile to my face like taking bacon from a hungry kid's mouth."
* "I'm going home, putting a beer in this hand, putting my dick in the other, and seeing which one I finish first."
* Story idea: History Kid. A history book for kids showing normal kid behavior throughout time at various historical locations. Kids throwing rocks over the Wall of Jericho, wiping away cave paintings, spitting off the Eiffel Tower.
* Murder mystery story about missing children. One young child (the first on and off her bus) drew a map of her route to and from school so she knew how close she was to home or school. One day the bus takes a different route home. She draws the route in her notebook. That's how the police are able to eventually find her body.
* The Dangling Web Theater Company (Spider motif logo)
* Daisy Chain: a linking series of Daisy Duke pics
* How come you never see a "hero" at a shelter for abused women or men?
* A vigilante who carries no equipment. He or She specializes in improvisation.
* Razor blade smile
* A child tells her father that their is a monster in her closet. The father turns the lights on, checks the closet, looks under the bed, then tells her all is well. Suddenly the lights go off and the closet door closes. The father sends her out to the hallway. He's pulled back into the room. Door slams shut. The little girl hears growls and things smashing. All hell breaks loose. She's very scared. The door slowly opens. Her father steps out, bruised but smiling. He turns back toward the dark room. "Apologize" A monster voice from inside the room. "I'm am very sorry, sir. It will never happen again." The father says, "And?" The monster, "I, ah, will now go very far away and never come back. May I go now?" Father nods. Daughter hugs him. "Thanks, Daddy!" "That's what Daddy's are for." (Note: I am obvious a father and obviously want to protect my kids. no great mystery where this ditty came from.)
* historical fact: In Athens once a year a vote was held to see who should be banished from the city for a duration of several years. If someone got 6000 votes cast with a broken shell or piece of pottery called a "ostrakon" then bye-bye! This is the likely origin of the term 'ostracized'.
* The only reason a guy wears socks is to clean spills on the floor
* a visual of a stained glass window where the feathers of a bird actually make a sword
* juggling in a cemetery
* A cemetery where stones lower into the ground for mowing
* goldfish have a 9 second memory
* Spider-Man's powers have nothing to do with spiders, if you think about it. If Peter didn't make web shooters and studied martial arts, he'd make a better fighter character.
* visual of clouds turning upwards and forming a circle
* person is smoking in a park. A man approaches them to say smoking is very unhealthy. The person replied that so is talking to strangers.
* Herds of Sasquatch behind electric barricades being kept for...food
* "The worried look of the old."
* Rock music doesn't cause devil worship, religion does.
* Of what conflict do we suffer from ourselves
* freewill is like digesting ice cream. You can either handle it or not
* a cautionary glancer is someone at a convention who wants to look at your work without looking at you
* children's book title "Ant Sneezes and Other Small Things"
* "That's not evil, that's masturbation."
* Comedy short about a martial arts class where the students are sneaking snacks. As the class happens the instructor steps on a cracker, hears a soda can open, smells bacon.
* story where humanity is finally exploring deep space to the point where it catches up with early twentieth century radio signals. These deep space data miners are filling the gaps in our knowledge. one pilot starts to hear updates on WWII and the...German victory. Wait, what?
* OCD pilot in space
* story of Jerk-O the Space Clown, where the next laugh is only a light-year away. He's always getting in trouble. "The Planet of Questionable Motives"
* The wolf who e-Bayed at the moon
* symbolism lists for quick reference
* Undiscovered Country Realty and the Post Mortem Chamber of Commerce
* Scientific Superstitions "Never run that test on a Tuesday."
* White noise generators in bathroom stalls
* Vomit Ave
* Bookmark used like a birthmark
* "He's a self-styled stallion of the local coffee shop. He thinks he's got a lot of what the others guys have not."
* Something with Marx weeping in a corner while sharpening a dagger for Lenin, cursing his name for spilling blood on his utopia and turning Russia into a graveyard. Can I make Marx a sympathetic figure? Do I want to?
* Truth Tooth. Implanted lie detector as science proves the human ability to talk is the number one method of lying in humans
* Story idea: Digging. A family's life is turned upside down when their house becomes the center point for a decades old murder mystery. As the police peels back the back lawn, the family is peeled back from the stress. Secrets old and new come to the surface.
* Story idea" Scratches: Surfaces exist for a reason. Teen coming of age story where the main character suddenly develops x-ray vision allowing them to see "below the surface".
* Zombie Juice Energy drink. Enough Energy to Wake the Dead. image is a zombie with a tap coming out of its forehead. it's holding a glass under the running tap.
UPDATE! SOME BOOKS HAVE POEMS GOING ON FOR 7 PAGES. NO WAY IN HELL I AM POSTING STUFF LIKE THAT. GOOD LORD. WHAT WAS I THINKING!
* Re-making Aliens as a comedy
* "What would Buddha do? Nothing."
* Mettle Detector
* Drafting a piece about the hierarchy of convention attendees. Devotees to dragged-along to significant others.
* "There's no place like Rome. There's no place like Rome."
* That uncomfortable feeling like using someone else's toilet.
* words batman might say on a really bad day, " Our eyes have been blurred by the grey, spoon fed poisons that weave blinds to hide the monsters at our door. Night birthed me to remind the fiends some still see their faces."
* using tombstones as switches
* If Christ was a carpenter like Joseph, do you think he made comfy chairs? Does someone own one today? hmmm.....
* Image – "bombs" dropping out of a plane are actually body bags.
* Among the social insects, the need for prompt corpse management is considered so pressing that there are dedicated undertakers, workers that within a few minutes of a death will pick up the body and hoist or fly it outside, to a safe distance from hive or nest, the better to protect against possible contagious disease. Honeybees are such compulsive housekeepers that if a mouse or other large creature, drawn by the warmth or promise of honey, happens to make its way into the hive and die inside, the bees, unable to bodily remove it, will embalm it in resin collected from trees. “You can find mummified mice inside beehives that are completely preserved right down to their whiskers,” said Gene E. Robinson, professor of entomology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
* Local awareness, Intimate knowledge of the immediate surroundings. Knowing what was moved last. Where fingerprints are. Who was in the room last. How items are best placed. The history. Hidden space. Layers of paint. Old smells, images, what pictures used to hang on the wall. Omniscience in a 5 foot radius.