Story Idea: Left Behind

I got this idea while reading a synopsis of “Future Boy Conan” Which I haven’t watched. I’m sure the science of this is utter bull but it could work for an interesting story. I’m just going to brain dump this here for later.

There is a huge asteroid heading towards Earth, humanity has had 5-10  years notice (maybe longer) of this but it’s so big that there was nothing that could be done to prevent it. The governments of the world decide to abandon the Earth and head out into space in search of a new home, so they have built huge spaceships called Arcs each with it’s own ecosystem and enough nuclear fuel to power it for a very long time, in order to do this they’ve basically strip mined the earth.

One of the ships gets clipped by the asteroid or something else goes wrong during takeoff that screws up it’s engines and makes it either crash back down to Earth or makes them unable to travel any distance so they are forced to land on Earth after the impact.

The survivors on this space craft and the animals/plants they took with them are the only living organisms that survived the asteroids impact apart from maybe some things under the sea and micro organisms that were hardy enough to survive it.

Story Idea: History is Written by the Winners

In the Bible that dude God killed 2,038,344 people, and Satan only 10. Maybe Satan is the good guy but he just lost the battle.

I read the above tweet this morning and had a thought for a story, what if god was the bad guy and he just put himself in a good light because as the victor he was the one who told the story?

I assume the story would be a bit Hellblazer stories with a John Constantine like character but possibly not. It could actually end up being a double bluff where Satan convinces a faithful person, probably a priest, that he is in the right only to find that at the end that Satan had tricked the priest and the whole thing was meant to be a test of his faith…

 

 

Story Idea: Culinary Conspiracy

I had a thought this morning, what we didn’t need food, food was a drug that we obtained a chemical dependency to by eating when we were children. Had we not eaten as children we wouldn’t need to eat now.

I know it’s a completely ridiculous but the concept of Breatharianism does exist, I wouldn’t even call it a psuedo science. But there being a conspiracy by the evil food industry to make us dependant on food would make an interesting plot for a science fiction novel or short story at least…

33 Ways to Stay Creative.

Apparently my theme doesn’t handle ordered lists so I’ve had to fudge the list the make it more readable….

I saw this and in the run up to NaNoWriMo I thought I’d run through the list.

1. I don’t really do lists, why does this count as something that makes you more creative? Lists of what!!!!

2. I used to carry a notebook everywhere, i kept on losing the note books. Now I have a notes application on my phone. It’s synchronized with the internet so my notes don’t go missing.

3. I assume free writing is just writing what comes to your mind, I do that here far too often… I guess I could do it more with a little more focus though…

4. Noooooooooooooooo…. Okay maybe this is a good idea, I think disconnecting from the internet is just as good an idea though…

5. What the hell does this mean? Host a seance? Try and have an out of body experience? I’m calling bull on this item…

6. No, I like it, I’m crap which is why I strive to be better.

7. My life is a break… I guess every now and then you have to walk away to get some perspective though.

8. Check, and everywhere else, as my workmates will attest…

9. I’m on my 5th cup of the day and it’s only half 10…

10. I think I know my roots, I guess I could know more. Is this supposed to mean you actual roots or your creative roots? Damn you vague list for being vague!

11. Last FM that is all I’m going to say. I’ve pretty much stopped listening to music any other way when I’m at work. I’ve never heard of any of the artist I listen to.

12. Does writing this this count as being open?

13. Creative people annoy this shit out of me? Or is that people who think they are creative? I’m not sure… True story I went to a party a while back where there were a bunch of “artists”, bunch of self important anti social so and sos kept on talking loudly about really obscure crap to do with their field and excluded everyone else at the party. I guess it’s okay when you have something in common with them…

14 You can read a lot of my writing on this blog… I even have a writing section… Gies feedback!

15.  I’ve tried to start a writing group but it fell apart because everyone is so busy, must try again…

16. I’m about to put myself through 30 days of mental anguish in the form of NaNoWriMo…

17. I try to make the time to practice but it’s hard, I must try harder to try harder…

18. Everything I do is a mistake… I accept this.

19. Glasgow, China, Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Japan… Oh you mean more local? I guess I could try going to a different place to write. Recently I’ve tried writing in different coffee shops. I quite like Big Mouth Coffee Company.

20. I really enjoy foreign films, don’t watch enough, need to rectify this. Irritatingly I found a channel on Sky that did nothing but foreign films then sky replaced it the next week… I was sad… True story…

21. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9… Okay… Moving on…

22. When am i supposed to find time to rest… Sleep is for the weak!

23. Like diving in front of buses so you can sue the bus company for medical costs?

24. There are rules… (I was tempted to mimic the typographical breaking of the rules that this does on the original list, but that would be conformist of me)

25. Roger. Eat lots of burgers….

26. I’m afraid I can’t do that Dave… I’m going to have to force myself when it comes to NaNoWriMo, that’s the nature of the beast.

27. I used to do this all the time, I have a 1979 edition of the Oxford concise dictionary back home, I used to open it up and a random page and read it. Also the encyclopedia Britannica.Now I have the 1920 Oxford Concise Dictionary.

28. For writing? Not sure what to do here?

29. I’m not anyone’s perfect, not even my own, I know this.

30. See 2, My Catch Notes account is chock full of ideas. I also have an entire Category of my blog dedicated to story ideas… 

31. No No No No. Maybe. I need to tidy up my study.

32. I am.

33. I’ll try, I guess I just have.

Via Laura Kane.

Keep Calm And Write 50K

It’s drawing closer and closer to November and you know what that means? NaNoWrimo, a month of me spamming the internet with drivel about how I’m trying to write a 50,000 word novel over the course of 30 days.

I’ve tried 3 times and failed three times, but my word counts have grown each time, i think I had about 40K by the end of last November, which is much more impressive than the 7 or thousand I managed in the first year.

This year as with every year I’m not entirely sure I know what I’m going to write about, my current lead candidates are to restart a story that I began writing a couple of months ago but only wrote 1,000 words for. The premise for the story was/is a one night stand gone horribly horribly wrong.

The other idea I have is a story following a guy who can’t die because the bureaucratic agency that runs the after life can’t seem to find his paperwork.

I’m leaning towards the second as it’s more humorous, and thus will probably be easier to write…

I know I’ve asked this on Twitter quite a few times, but is anyone else thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year?  If so what are you writing?

If on the off chance you are interested in reading the drivel I came up with for NaNoWriMo in previous years I’ve posted two of them in the writing section of my website:

1. NaNoWriMo 2008: Untitled

Is a near future science fiction story that never got the chance to get properly going. I think it’s quite amusing though.

2. NaNoWriMo 2009: The Cryonaught

Is the story of a guy who volunteers for an experimental military program on cryogenics.

3. NaNoWriMo 2010: Fantasy Story (Not Posted)

I’ve not put up my NaNoWriMo from last year yet, maybe I’ll think about putting it up in the run up to NaNoWriMo, it was a fantasy story that was never going to just be 50K words which was it’s biggest problem.

 

 

 

 

The Sanctity of Paper

It’s weird I quite often carry around a note book but I don’t like to write in it. There is something sacred about an empty notebook, those first few pen strokes in a new notebook break a seal, but to me there is a certain amount of inertia to breaking that seal, I don’t know why, but it’s difficult. Once I’ve written something in a notebook it’s fine, but those first few words are difficult.

It’s like you have to write something that is worthy of the notebook to christen it or to steal it’s virginity. Why is it that a wad of paper holds so much power over me? I often come up with idea’s that I’d like to note down but I don’t because I don’t think that they are worthy of putting in a notebook. I don’t feel there is any issue like this with putting something down in digital form. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I’ll write any old crap here, I also note stuff down on my phone all time, but putting down the thoughts in a notebook just isn’t easy.

Why is this? Does anyone else experience this?

Story Idea: The Author

I came up wiry this idea on the plane, while reading a book. I was thinking about the way sometimes I script what is happening around me in my head, and how cool it would be if I had a super power to make my scripts come true.

The basic concept is this: Have you ever considered yourself to be the protagonist of the world? There is I think a philosophical concept which implies that it is possible that the world revolves around the observer, what the observer cannot see does not occur but is filled in by the observers mind. Kind of like playing a video game I guess, the computer doesn’t bother rendering the bits of the game that you can’t see,when you visit an area the programming of the game and the script makes it seem as if stuff has been happening though

What if you had the super power to script anything in the world around you, you get to change the variables of the world, alter your story. The man who you are having an argument with who has just pulled a gun on you, as he pulls the trigger you silently will him to have forgotten to reload it, click…

The cute girl who just walked into the room, you make up a story about how she’s vulnerable and has just broken up with her boyfriend, you start talking to her, you script it so that you are her type and end up going home with her.

This may sound cool, if you had this power it would to be honest be awesome, but it would make for a rubbish story, mainly because there is no strife, you have created the ultimate boring story of wish fulfillment, and your story like the first version matrix in the Matrix series will fail.

So what can you do to add strife? Perhaps add a moral compass to the main character? Perhaps the character isn’t the only one with this power, those who possess the power are immune to being rewritten.

I think the main things have to that there are rules or laws to using these powers. You cannot rewrite that which you already know or have experienced, or that which has been experienced by someone else who has the power, in effect we are making the people with power gods among men (or women).

Another possible rule could be that even though you have this power of authorship, you are still mortal, someone could sneak up on you and kill you.

Also regardless of your power you only know what you could normally perceive, Ie you are not omniscient.
I’m sure there are other limitations that could make it interesting.

The idea in a way reminds me of what happens in Bill and Ted’s Excellent adventure where they say that when they get out of whatever situation they are in they will travel back and orchestrate something,except without the time travel aspect.

Another thing to wonder about is how you gain these powers,are just born with them,do you collect them highlander style by killing your enemies? The second option could lead us to a fairly naive protagonist who gets his power by accidentally killing someone, saw by running him over?

Anyway I need to put more thought into this idea,I’m on a train,so excuse the post being horribly formatted, will fix in hotel room.

How to really get people to quit smoking…

I write a lot of story idea’s here, and as I doubt that this is the type of policy that would never see the light of day I’m going to file this under story ideas, as it would provide some interesting colour to a dydtopian/utopian science fiction/alternate present story…

I just had an idea that would probably never work or be implemented but could stop people from smoking. I’d like to point out at the start that I am not and never have been a smoker.

At the moment the way I see it the government applies a tax on every packet of cigarettes that you buy, I don’t know the rate of tax I don’t care to be honest, but supposedly that tax is in part supposed to artificially inflate the price of cigarettes to the point that people are less likely to buy, in the mean time it raises money for the government to spend on missiles… Sorry the NHS…

My proposal is to remove that tax completely, but instead make purchasing cigarettes something you need a license to do, applying for a license costs say £100. When you go to the shops to buy your cigarettes you have to not only show your licence but also swipe it so that there is a record of the purchase. At the end of the year you get a bill for your cigarette licence which is adjusted for every cigarettes you’ve bought.

The license would stop under-agers from buying cigarettes, because they wouldn’t be granted a licence, it would also make it impossible for people who didn’t smoke to buy cigarettes for people who did.

The other advantage of this plan is that being hit with a big one off bill is a lot scarier that whittling away at your money with a tax you barely notice.

I’m normally against the government, or any other body for that matter collecting and storing information about me, but in this case I think that since you are doing something which has been proven to damage your body I think that how much you smoke should be recorded in your NHS records, it should also be given to health/life insurance providers so that they can raise your premiums…

This is all hypothetical, I’m aware that you could replace “Cigarettes” with unhealthy food, or alcohol, but this isn’t a blog post about making people have healthier diets or stopping people from drinking, it’s about smoking…

If you did hypothetically want  to extend this to food, you could give people credits whenever they ate healthily, if you ate nothing but salads and fruit all year maybe the government would actually owe you money…

I’m not sure how you’d modify this for drink, I’m not sure I want to broach that topic, I don’t drink but I know far to many people who do and I don’t want to be lynched by my drunken friends…

Story Idea Extended: Overpopulated Take 2

I had an idea this morning that kind of extends the idea I had the other day regarding over population. In a world where overpopulation is rife I can see the government promoting homosexuality as an alternative to heterosexuality. The logic being that homosexuals don’t produce babies, which could curb the overpopulation of the world.

This would be a stark contrast to todays world where homosexuality is still frowned on by most governments, maybe future governments would give special benefits to homosexual couples in order to stop to growth of the human race to unmanageable proportions.

Not sure how this would work, whether there would be a hetero backlash. Maybe people would start campaigning for hetero rights? It would be an interesting way to look at the world.

Story Idea: Outsource your people

I had a quick idea for a story, set in a dystopian future. The entire world is in disarray, there has been a population explosion and the world’s resources can’t cope with it. There is one country that has managed to thrive in the midst of the chaos. In order to combat over population, they have mandated that all citizens are sterilized.

With over population no longer an issue they have thrived, the one problem they have is replacing the people that die/retire from work. For this problem they have come up with a novel solution, they outsource their population. When an opening for a child becomes available families can apply to become parents, the application process is long but comes with financial benefits, as the government pays you money to raise children.

Where do the children come from if everyone is sterilized? From other poorer countries, the government pays people in other countries for their babies. In doing so the family of the baby not only gets the money for the baby, but they can also rest assured that their child will live a better life in the utopian country.

I’m of two minds of the adoption bit, as part of me also sees Brave New World like nurseries being developed where the children spend their entire lives being prepared to do certain jobs, in this version of the idea the families pay for their child to have a better life and how much they pay gives them different social status. Perhaps particularly good genetic stock could receive the equivalent of a scholarship?

Anyway that idea is incubating who knows it might come to something.