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Dream notes

Posted in Odds, Writing with tags , on May 16, 2013 by oneoveralpha

It seems that I get a lot of my ideas for stories when I’m trying to sleep.  As such, I keep a small notebook and pen by my bed to jot down my ideas in the hope that come morning, I’ll be able to read my handwriting.  But this morning, something different happened.  This may have happened before, but I don’t remember if it has or not.  Anyway, I had a dream this morning where my family went to some medieval amusement park type place.  I don’t remember much, but I do remember at one point I picked up a plastic “torch” and dunked the end in these jars of lamp oil they had sitting around, for some reason.  My plan was I would then be able to light it and have a real torch, because we all know that a oil soaked chunk of plastic, at the end of a plastic handle, is the idea form for a torch.  But as I carried this thing around waiting for the right time to light it, I had an idea for a story, so – in the dream – I found a sheet of paper and pen and wrote myself a note.

When I woke up, I couldn’t tell if it was funny or sad that I wrote myself a dream note.  Of course, now that I’m fully awake, I see that my great idea isn’t so good.  I might be able to make something of it, but I doubt it will live up to awe of being a dream note.


Between cheeses and monsters …

Posted in eBooks, humor, Odds, Stories with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2013 by oneoveralpha


… and next to bondage.  Interesting.  This weekend, I’m doing a free promotion for A Man of Few Words.  I was checking on it’s placement on the free Kindle anthology list and saw the above.

Cover question

Posted in eBooks, Odds, Writing with tags , , , , on April 4, 2013 by oneoveralpha

I’m working on finishing up a short story that I plan on publishing on Kindle in the next week or two.  But I need a cover for it.  So I played around and came up with the following.  I’m just wondering what people think of it.


QR Code Test

Posted in Books, Odds, Website on March 5, 2012 by oneoveralpha

I’m in the process of putting the final touches on my second story collect, The All-You-Can-Read Buffet.  One minor bit, is in the back of the book I include my website and a QR code.  I didn’t put much thought into, just found a QR generator, plugged in my website, and pasted the image into my manuscript.  But then I was on Empire Avenue and saw a mission from (e)SKING sending people to his blog “9 Ways to Screw Up QR Codes at Trade Shows.” After reading his list I made a change to the way I had presented it in the book, but I still hadn’t tested it as per his example number 8.  So I’m putting this out there to test my QR code.  It should take you to my website,  Leave a comment letting me know if it worked, or not, and what you were using.  All I can offer in return is that you’ll receive a blanket “Thank you” in my Acknowledgment.  😀


Failure of the Memory Sock

Posted in humor, Odds, Writing on November 14, 2011 by oneoveralpha

Like most writers, I often have ideas as I’m failing asleep. When that happens, we have a choice of either getting up, turning on a light, and writing it down, or hope we remember it in the morning. For a while I kept a notebook and pen by my bed to jot ideas down in the dark, but unfortunately, my handwriting is barely legible when I’m awake, wearing my glasses, and in a lighted room. The next morning I’d often look at the ink scrawled across the page and have no clue what was written. But hoping to remember your idea doesn’t always work, because you sometimes forget to remember something. To counter that problem, I began using the Memory Sock. The way this works is I took a sock with a hole in it and laid it on the floor where I could easily reach it. If I’m just about to fall asleep and have a great idea, I just feel around for the sock and toss it out into the middle of the floor. The next morning, I see the sock and my memory is jogged. Sometimes.

About a week ago, I was just about asleep when I had an idea. So I tossed the sock out into the room. I saw it there the next morning, remember the idea, but didn’t write it down. The sock then became buried under other clothes. A few nights later, I had a dream that I could turn into a story. But the sock wasn’t within reach. So the next morning I found the sock and wrote down the original idea. But after several days of trying to jog my memory, I cannot remember what the dream was I could turn into a story. It’s really bumming me out.

The homonym song

Posted in humor, Odds on March 8, 2011 by oneoveralpha

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.”

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