Monday, September 18

Population 62 and the lavender couch @Liz Flaherty

I was talking to Nan yesterday and we did a little unintended brainstorming. I'm not going to tell you what it's about because she might surprise you with it one of these days, but the conversation made me think of some little bitty seeds of information that had either made their way into a story--mine or someone else's--or are lying there on a lavender couch at the back of my mind taking root. Some of them have been there, dormant, for years, but I like them anyway. They remind me a little of worry beads or prayer stones--they give you a good place to go when your mind needs to settle.


Here is my list.

  • Population, 62.
  • A plane named Sunflower.
  • They called him Tru Drew.
  • We rode the Electrolux down the stairs.
  • Never. Not even once.
  • She could barely ride a bicycle--what was she doing on a mechanical bull?
  • "Of course your son's a good kid--you're the idiot."
  • Joy shimmered.
  • Heat made invisible blisters everywhere he touched her.
I'm pretty sure I'll never use all of these but it was fun pulling them off the purple couch to take a look at. How about you? Do you have a list of seeds?

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12 comments:

  1. I love those! I have some too--maybe I'll share them tomorrow. And we seem to do that a lot--brainstorming. Unintended and deliberate--I'm so glad!

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  2. What fun little "idea seeds!" The story I'm working on right now started with the question "What is Dracula was some upstart nobody from an alien planet?"

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    1. Lol! Just the kind of thing that crops into everybody's mind, right?

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  3. My most recent one happened during a conversation with the DH. I don't remember exactly what started the conversation but a question occurred to me , "Do you think it would be possible to rob a train 🚂 in today's world?"

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  4. For my current WIPs (a series), my question was "If your father killed your mother, what would your reaction be to love and relationships as an adult?" Love your little snippets of ideas, Liz.

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    1. Oh, man, that sounds interesting. I have wondered--speaking of that subject--if children of parents who killed the other parent (sorry--I know that's written wrong) maintained relationships with the parent who did the killing.

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  5. I don't - but now I want to make a list! :D

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  6. Great ideas, Liz! I'm digging out my list for Thursday.

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    1. It was fun bringing them out from under the sofa pillow. :-)

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