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August 16, 2007, 12:11
I've decided I AM going to go for this, this year. I'm far too much of a perfectionist when it comes to my writing, and I want to have a go at this "shotgun"/"kamikaze" style of writing. I consider it every year then either forget when the time comes, or else time constraints mean I can't, or... So this year is THE year.

"Once you start evaluating your story in terms of word count, you take that pressure off yourself. And you'll start surprising yourself with a great bit of dialogue here and a ingenious plot twist there. Characters will start doing things you never expected, taking the story places you'd never imagined. There will be much execrable prose, yes. But amidst the crap, there will be beauty. A lot of it."

BUT! I'd also like other people's ideas to try and incorporate into it. As my ideas are many, but I seem to follow a lot of similar plots all the time, and I'm not going to rehash an old plot (and it's against the rules to bring in a half-written novel anyway ). All I have so far is that it'll probably concern Sei and Mirii, since they don't have much in the way of stories yet.

Now: I'm willing to consider absolutely any idea people might want to fling at me. And I don't just mean fully fledged ideas like "visiting such and such a world, get into this particular situation, blabla" (although that sort of thing might be nice to consider too, *hint hint* ). What I mean is ANYTHING, even as simple as an interesting phrase or a saying ("Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity", "Teamwork…means never having to take all the blame yourself", "Pressure makes diamonds"), an event (tornado, festival, storm at sea), a title, an object, a cool picture, a word. Absolutely anything people like (or conversely DON'T like, as there's got to be an antagonist or adverse event to solve and so on etc) or think would be exciting.

My plan was to incorporate ANY idea I may get (which I obviously might NOT get, but eh, hope springs eternal and all that... ), although obviously it may not all fit/work*. (I'll credit anyone who gives me an idea of some sort.) NB: No, I am not asking people to help me WRITE it, since that's cheating. Just some ideas.

I'll keep the following cut updated with my ideas and so on.

People's suggestions and my ideas thus far are:
Title ideas: Storm Force, Firebug, Thunder's Daughter, Black Gold
Characters: Sei, Mirii, maybe The Pets
Places: "bamboo jungle", eucalyptus-esque forest, deep sea, hydrothermal vents,
Scenes: Nothing yet!
Events: Monthly sacrifice, tornado, firestorms
Misc (places, phrases): alien Maya/Aztec-ish culture (not sure what the creatures look like yet), "They eat their goddess!", wholly aquatic fish-people who communicate in sign-language and colour-changes, "werecreatures", hallucinogens, city at the bottom of the ocean, "steampunk", journal entries
Pictures: Thunder's Daughter and demon guardian, Reluctant Goddess, "Eater"

"Ideas board" (a big old sheet of watercolour board I'm going to stick scraps to, like pictures of animals, fashions, scenery, even just scraps of colours and so on):
Ideas/pics board

So! Come Nov 1st... my goal is 50,000 words in 30 days. Fun!

Edit 17/08/07: Some ideas forming... hmm. Not going to tell everyone them yet, but I'm getting SOMEthing at least. Not sure where Sei is, during all this - he and Mirii get separated somehow - but MIRII is in the company of a Maya-like society, who have new "royalty" at the start of every lunar month (which is 3 Earthly months long) and she is their chosen one, since she has golden skin.

Edit 03/09/07: Hm, I need to update my list. :\
Burning Mountain - "the breath of our ancestors", used for divining by the "other Maya". (A priest writes questions on bits of tree bark and throw them in, and then "divines" the answers from any changes in the smoke.)
Deep-sea "kelp" forests which grow and photosynthesise from phosphorescent chemosynthetic bacteria. (Glowwy, yay!)
Fan worms and hagfish used for food by the people in the bubble-city (As it's almost all they can catch). They also use the kelp to produce a steady stream of oxygen. They haven't seen the sun in decades, and want Sei's help to build a submarine. (Why of course, captain Nemo!)
Werecreatures - at least, what one society believes to be werecreatures. In reality, there's no physical shapeshifting, but elaborate costumery and a heightened drug-induced state that leads to animal-like behaviours.
"River Demons" - ?mythical

* NB: When I say ANYthing, please bear in mind that although it's set in a fantasy-ish environment, this is a) "pure sci-fi" (so no magic, real gods/goddesses etc) and b) not Eath, so no Earth animals (although I'm happy to use them as inspiration for alien animals). Additionally, although I'm not stopping people suggesting something pornographic, then end product will (I hope) be clean.



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Aug. 17th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
wow, those italics ...i can soooo... relate 2 *emotinally sobbing*
ideas, tap tap tap.

aztec type culture, godess about 2 be eaten, they save her (lots of shootin sure iz fun!) and then it turns out shes extremly pissed of wiv them and wishes they'd let her be sacrificed because it was an honour. she could be a new charecter wiv a bit of edge who was able to show the others how 2 survive in the jungle (?) or wherever they are stuck (?). urm yeah.

creatures: (?) somethng worm like and particuarlly nasty that shoots glue like threads at its enemies, to virtualy paralise them because they are all glued togever. it then eats them alive... (well i was also thinkin bout makin 1 of those for mi stories, but feel free to ue it or ask for similar predators/creatures ).

* More to come *

Aug. 19th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Heh, funny you should mention a "worm"-like thing, I was actually planning on using a caterpillar/snake/planarian as one of the beasties. :) So far I've called it "the Eater", since well, that's what it does (well, actually that's ALL it does, apart from sleep).
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