Archive for February, 2011

Ideas for sale

Posted in Odds, Stories, Writing on February 27, 2011 by oneoveralpha

My imagination is one of the best assets I have for my writing. It’s also one of the biggest detriments. To understand this, just look at the story ideas I have come up with in the past week. (By ideas I mean just that. Things like characters and plot are nebulous at best.)

1. Some friends had a birthday party for their two year old. As I watched the aunt, uncle, and grandparents taking photos and video of him playing, I realized that there will be an unprecedented amount of information about these whippersnappers as they grow up: photos, videos, blog postings, texts, Facebook updates, whatever replaces Facebook, whatever replaces whatever replaces Facebook, etc., etc. It’s possible a century or more from now, a biographer could be given all that information in one lump sum.

2. The original idea in #1 was that it would be a descendant wishing a biography of a famous ancestor, but as I was thinking of writing up this blog, I came up with another version with the subject asking for a biography of themselves. After decades – or centuries – of upgrades, be they cybernetic, genetic, or whatever, perhaps the subject has forgotten who they were and would like to be reminded of that.

3. Just as I wrote that last sentence of #2, I thought, What if they have forgotten who they were? What if they were writing an autobiography and just didn’t realize that? (I’ll admit, this one’s very nebulous.)

4. One of the first movies I saw as a kid was The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. I’ve seen it dozens of times, but I’d never seen For a Few Dollars More. So when I saw it was going to be on TV, I sat down and watched it. As I watched a Western, I just had the urge to write a Western. So I came up with an idea of two brothers who start up a gang of roughs. Things go wrong, and the anti-hero brother has to shoot the villain brother.

5. Similar to #4, but the brothers are twins that nobody knows about. One robs while the other sets up an alibi.

6. A friend at work showed me a game where you try to rebuild a city during a zombie apocalypse. You kill zombies, extend the fortified walls, reclaim buildings, that sort of thing. I had an idea for a kid growing up in such a world.

7. I had a dream that had a brief connection to the zombie game. When I woke up, I hammered some of the details into something I could work with. A soldier is wounded in Afghanistan and discharged while one of his friends is killed. Several years later, his friend’s daughter tracks him down to ask him about her dad. During this meeting the zombie apocalypse begins.

8. The same as #7, but instead of a zombie apocalypse it’s an alien invasion.

That’s eight ideas. Eight ideas in seven days. Some would be short stories, but I can see a few as screenplays or novels. Yes, it’s cool that my well of ideas is far from drying up, but I already have hundreds of ideas I’ll never get around to writing. I don’t need more.

So why did I title this “Ideas for sale?” Well, if you’re a writer who’s out of ideas, contact me and I’ll gladly sell you some. Of course, they will be worked out more than these nebulous things. 😀

Of course, this reminds me of a story I wrote years ago, “Do I have an Idea for You.”


I’m a CFO?

Posted in Odds, Writing on February 25, 2011 by oneoveralpha

Empire Avenue has started a new way to rank people in various indexes. I don’t pretend to fully understand the purpose of it, but two cool things came from it. I set up a Empire Avenue profile for my book A Man of Few Words. Well, it is a Vice-President in the Writing Index. Even cooler, my personal account is the CFO. What does all that mean? I don’t know. But it should give me some visibility, which is always good.

Dammit II

Posted in Books, Writing on February 22, 2011 by Stephen L. Thompson

I’m getting worse. I missed A Man of Few Words hitting 5,000,000 by 941, but I missed it hitting 6,000,000 by 3,378. Dammit.

Ready for your examination?

Posted in Odds, Writing on February 21, 2011 by Stephen L. Thompson

The good kind, I won’t need gloves for this. At least, I hope not.

After a friend told me on numerous occasions that I should write for, I finally got around and signed up for it. Back at the beginning of February, I became the King of Prussia Writing Examiner. Basically, I’ll give out quick writing exercises, writing tips, other writing stuff. I haven’t really been promoting it because I felt I should build up a foundation of articles so people could get a feel for what I’d be writing about. At least, that was the plan. I have several articles that I need to polish up, but I’ve been caught up in a few other things lately. But I’m announcing this now to give people a head’s up and so they can start checking it out.

First rejection of the year

Posted in Writing on February 6, 2011 by oneoveralpha

Well, I just received my first rejection email of the year. While that sucks, it just means I have to find someplace else to submit that story. I guess that means I’ll be checking out Duotrope.

January Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter on February 1, 2011 by oneoveralpha

See what I did writing-wise this past month:


Flash Fiction Magazine

Daily Flash Fiction Stories

Defusing Chaos

Because chaos doesn't sort itself out.

Something For Everyone's Needs

Mr, Mr.

Travel wildly. Dream deeply. live daringly.

Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis

Best Differential Diagnosis Book

Stop. Focus. Over.

Silence is violence.

David Gaughran

Let's Get Digital


A site devoted to the Young Adult sci-fi/fantasy novel The Eye-Dancers


Author of New Adult and Contemporary Writing

The Evolution of Eloquence

Improving the English language one letter at a time

Book Hub, Inc.

The Total Book Experience

Twenty Somethings

Stories, poems, and things about things.

Read it to absorb my awesomeness

And you will become...awesome

Daily (w)rite

Author Site for Damyanti Biswas


Custom stories, handcrafted in micro batches

On the Homefront

Reflections on life: the funny, poignant, serious and quirky