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Ideas While Driving

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by urbannight

I hate the fact that I sometimes work out troubling plot points when driving.  In one case, the major plot point is the plot itself.  I have a great concept I want to work on but I can’t find the right story idea in which to implement this concept.  I’ve been hesitant to reveal too much about it in any type of public forum because it is not something I’ve ever come across.  So it is nice to have a semi-original idea.  (I think there are just to many stories and only so many plots that there is nothing completely original any more.) I say semi-original because I’ve discovered there is a t.v. show that touches on some of the concepts, but not my central one.  At least that part is safe so far.

While driving to work one morning, in the dark, thinking about said t.v. show’s mythology and how it differed from the obvious source material, I finally worked out my plot issue.  I worked out the one piece that helped me settle on a story idea.  The only problem is that something happened in traffic that distracted me and I stopped thinking about it.  Half an hour later, after getting to work, parking in the garage, getting to the office, getting breakfast ready, and sitting down, I realized I forgot it. 

That’s the way it works.  I get my best ideas or resolve issues at the worst of times and then can’t remember then when I’m in a place I can do something about them.

Now I’ve spent a couple of days trying to recreate my thought process to find that one ‘hook’ I need again.  By finding that one hook, it pulls up the thread of my construct.  So all the loose threads fall into place and I suddenly have my weft upon which I can start weaving a story.  I NEED that hook. 

This is not the first time I’ve gotten ideas or worked out a plot point when on the road.  It seems to be my best thinking time.  But it is really hard to write anything down.  Years and Years ago, I had a recorder to put the ideas into.  But that got lost during a movie in college.  In practice, it really didn’t work out so well.  Probably not a huge loss.  On the other hand, I might have eventually gotten the hang of it. 

I guess that’s the way things go sometimes.

Over the Hills and Through the Woods, To Grandmother’s House I go.

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2012 by urbannight

I’m WAY behind on reading blogs. I’ve dumped a bunch of them into folders to read later. Some are in folders specific to the writer, the rest are in a massive folder called Word Press Saves. Maybe I’ll get caught up before I die.

Hmmmm, probably not. I seem to get behind once a week. So if I’m suddenly replying to things that are rather old, I’ve found some that I got behind on before and to which I have finally gotten.

In the mean time, an unabridged Clive Cussler book is fantastic for long drives. It was about 14 hours long. So it filled my drive each way, 7 hours there and back again. I really enjoyed Lost Empire, despite the huge stretch linking such diverse things that Cussler takes. Or maybe I like him because he is able to do it in a way that creates a roller coaster ride of an adventure store.

It is also why I’m one of the few people who seem to like the movie Sahara, based on his book of the same title. It’s a fun ride despite its flaws. It is a boy’s adventure story all grown up.

The stories sure make the miles fly past when driving. Driving up Iowa and though South Dakota is pretty boring. Rest stops are either too close together or to far apart.

One thing about long drives that really annoys me is when you have signs for gas and you can’t see anyplace from the road. There are some hills along this drive. Some small patches of forested area. But on the whole, not a lot of totally blind areas. Some signs do say the distance to the gas or food from the exit. But I always start to need gas at the towns for which they DON’T provide the distance.

Maybe it is a personal blind spot, but if I pull off the highway for gas, I want to still be in sight of the on and off ramps. I have this fear of getting lost in the middle of nowhere. Or maybe I just watched to many bad horror movies that start where the lone woman, driving across country, pulls into a hole-in-the-wall town for gas and/or food.

Speaking of movies, on the day in-between my two driving days, I watched some movies with grandma. We watched the original, and then the remake, of The Parent Trap. Both have problems but I’ve decided that this is one example where I like the remake better.

In the 1961 remake, I think they cut the girl’s hair short to try to make her look younger. Every time I watch it I can’t stop thinking about how much I hate the haircut. It never fails. It distracts me the entire way through. There is also the fact that the rough and tumble, John Wayne inspired, father (Mitch) is one again going to marry a prissy woman who doesn’t like the outdoors. Which, based on some lines in the movie, seems to be one of the major reason they split up. When the mother (Maggie) punches Mitch in the eye (very badly, no one hits like that) Mitch makes a comment that sounds like Maggie frequently resorted to violence to end arguments with him. The only character that is really amusing is actually the reverend who seems highly amused at the interpersonal relationships and how everything is playing out.

The second movie has a major problem with how strange it seems that a Brit that lives in England would send her daughter to a summer camp in the U.S. Everything else is much more funny. Of course, this was back when Lohan could still take direction and therefore could still act. And she still looked cute as a button. Red hair was so much better on her than that bleached out mess she has now. The ending is also slightly more believable in which the mother backs away and returns to England and this time her ex-husband comes after her, thereby correcting his first mistake of NOT chasing after where when she had hoped she would, years ago.

That is a terrible sentence. But I’m not fixing it. My back hurts too much.

Yep, my back.

Because another thing I learned this weekend was that it is possible to OVER massage a sore muscle. My grandmother has this massaging seat you put over a chair. It does rolling and kneading. It also has heat. You can also isolate it. I was hoping it would loosen up the perpetually sore muscles around my right shoulder blade. I’m not sure how long it lasts before it powers off. I used it through 2.5 power cycles. When I went to bed last night, I lay down and was going to use my percussion massager on the muscles since they were still sore. It hurt like hell. And it still does today.

Before leaving, that Hatfield’s and McCoy’s special came on. I wish I could have stayed to watch it. I got really interested in a matter of minutes. Now I shall have to go find it.