September 30th, 2004

documentation, writing, quill

Better... and writing fun.

Decided to waste my time doing some more cleaning in the kitchen. I perfunctorily wiped down the stove, and used the shredded sponge to wipe up spots on the kitchen floor before throwing it out. That's the life cycle of sink sponges -- you use them to wipe the floor before you throw them out.

Typed up the written bits of my vision of the Ugly Duckling, which also has Beauty & Beast elements mixed in, though I haven't gotten there yet.

I'm now working on typing up the outline for Tales from the Cutting-Room Floor, which will be my National Novel Writing Month project. Ben and some of his problems and exploits are like a malicious combination of pyrogenic and good ol' Shawn, though I anticipate that he will develop a personality entirely his own throughout the month of November. Characters tend to do that.

What I want right now is isolated elements of embarrassment. Not entire embarrassing stories, but random solo events that could contribute to a humiliation so thorough and complete that even if you were the staunchest of Memory Integrity advocates, you'd want to wipe the incident from your brain utterly.

Examples include being walked in on in the bathroom by the opposite gender, barfing on one's true love, getting utterly lost, being seen unintentionally near-naked in public, and the like. (These are already used in scenarios for the book.) What else is there to add? I am cruel to these people, so very, very cruel...
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running, bomb tech

Action Lunatic (sheep time)

Snagged this from cadhla and ataniell93. It's also good as a character exercise (hint, hint, easalle!)
Go to the toy aisle of any store. All the dolls (or "action figures") come packaged with one or two "accessories." Barbie has her purse, The Hulk has a big rock, Space Ghost has little cards and a desk. If someone were to go to the toy store and buy a YOU [or Your Character] action figure, which one or two little objects would be in your package with you? Furthermore, what outfit would you be wearing, and what action would you perform when they pressed the little lever on your back?

The Work Lunatic is dressed in black slacks and a long-sleeved black shirt, with her hair held neatly back out of her face with a headband. The phone headset is permanently attached; any attempt to remove it will also result in the removal of a lot of the Lunatic's long, wavy, dark brown hair. In addition to the standard Lunatic accessories of watch and silver star pendant necklace, the Work Lunatic also has a pen, some paper forms, and a huge plastic cup that can be filled with real water! When you push the action lever, the Lunatic's hands move in a typing motion. The talk button next to the action lever will make the Lunatic say one of two phrases: "We're not selling anything," or, "I can't believe you just said that! Minus!"

The Work Lunatic Playset comes with a small desk, an office chair (careful when adjusting it, or your Lunatic will crash into the computer), a computer and monitor, a telephone, a tape recorder, and several tapes.