T is for Twilight Treasure Hunt (and Tolkien)

April 23, 2014

For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas…

No, not the kind of twilight with sparkly vampires. I wonder how long they’re going to be associated with that word. ;)

This is another kinda thin notion that makes me think of a favorite book, but I came across those words on my Sweet Spot Map list and thought of a treasure hunt (or the search for a Macguffin,) where you have to be at the right spot for twilight, during the transition from day into night, to find the magic path to continue onward. Tolkien used ‘the setting sun with the last light’, but it’s a very similar idea. (And yes, The Hobbit is largely a treasure hunt of sorts.)

If you’re interested enough to pick this up and write your own version, feel free; ideas are cheap. And let me know! I’ll be keeping the notions vague enough that lots of different stories might be written from them.

Thanks for visiting!


S is for Scavenge like it’s the zombie apocalypse

April 22, 2014

For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas…

“Scavenge like it’s the zombie apocalypse.”

I wrote that down fairly early in my A-Z planning, and if there was anything more that it meant, any characters or coherent plot, I’ve forgotten about them. It’s a cool sounding phrase, though, isn’t it?

Presumably, in the story, it’s not actually the zombie apocalypse, but somebody’s scavenging as if it were. Is it some other kind of apocalypse, or a reality tv show? Is the scavenging character just crazy?

If you’re interested enough to pick this up and write your own version, feel free; ideas are cheap. And let me know! I’ll be keeping the notions vague enough that lots of different stories might be written from them.

Thanks for visiting!


R is for Rainbow Rider

April 21, 2014

For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas…

I know that this concept was used offhand in the Xanth series (specifically ‘Centaur Aisle’,) but I love the idea of a fantasy character who can get from place to place by climbing onto a rainbow and riding it. How does he (or she) catch up to the rainbow and touch it? Where does it take the riders? Obviously this would have to be a very magical realm, where not much science is operative.

If you’re interested enough to pick this up and write your own version, feel free; ideas are cheap. And let me know! I’ll be keeping the notions vague enough that lots of different stories might be written from them.

Thanks for visiting!


Weekend Writing Warriors – The Rose-Spar Ladies 5

April 20, 2014

Welcome friends, followers, and Weekend Writing Warriors!

This week, I’m sharing eight more sentences from my funny fantasy adventure, “The Rose-Spar Ladies.” So far, Cromeve has ruined one of the priceless carved ‘Lady’ statues, which he gave to his wife as a present. Then he went to visit an old friend…

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“We’re going to rob Old Man Ustit.”

That made Vorray sit up straighter, and some of the food scattered around his feet. “Now, wait a minute; I never burgled *people*!”

“Well, it shouldn’t take much for a clever man like you to work it out. You studied with the best thieves in the land, didn’t you?”

“So sorry you’ve come all this way to no avail, old chum, but it’s out of the question.” Vorray staggered to his feet. “I’ll be pleased to have you to dinner, for old time’s sake, but then you simply must leave.”

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Q is for Quiver of the Quixotic Queen

April 19, 2014

For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas…

So, Q is a kinda tough letter to work with, but I love the idea of a quixotic queen. Quixotic is a word rooted in the adventures of Don Quixote, of course, (though it’s not pronounced the Spanish way,) and it refers to somebody who’s excessively impractical, with unrealistic ideals.

So I picture a queen who’s grown fed up with outlaws or corruption in her country, who starts running around the countryside with a bow and quiver of arrows trying to fight the good fight even when she’d be wiser not to.

If you’re interested enough to pick this up and write your own version, feel free; ideas are cheap. And let me know! I’ll be keeping the notions vague enough that lots of different stories might be written from them.

Thanks for visiting!


P is for a Pretty Penny (of Pulchritude)

April 18, 2014

For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas…

This is another Premise that came to me off the cuff, but I rather like it. Magic pennies that affect your appearance. I’m not entirely sure how they work, but maybe you get to flip the penny just once and live with the results. If it comes up heads, you wind up with a pretty face. For tails, it might be a part further down your body that ends up looking good. ;) And whichever way the flip comes up, the other side might get less pretty…

If you’re interested enough to pick this up and write your own version, feel free; ideas are cheap. And let me know! I’ll be keeping the notions vague enough that lots of different stories might be written from them.

Thanks for visiting!


O is for the Omnivorous Octopus

April 17, 2014

For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas…

Well, I’ve run out of the best ideas I came up with in March, really. I should be able to spend some more time brain-storming over the long weekend, but for now–I have some words I scribbled into a notebook while waiting for the Veronica Mars movie to start, and one or two real ideas.

I was thinking about O’s in the shower this morning, actually; started with Octopus because they’re always fun and pretty strange. Tried a few adjectives that didn’t really make sense, and then hit on ‘omnivorous octopus.’ I wasn’t sure if octopuses(/octopodes) are generally omnivorous in the standard biological sense, (eating both animals and plants,) but I liked the idea of a story about ‘the octopus that ate everything!’ People, computers, water or mud, it eats it all. Depending on what it eats and how you describe it, that could be a fantastic horror tale or a funny picture book for kids!

According to wikipedia, octopuses appear to be generally carnivorous, they generally don’t snack on seaweed or anything else green. And octopodes is ‘infrequent’ while octopi is generally ‘incorrect.’

If you’re interested enough to pick this up and write your own version, feel free; ideas are cheap. And let me know! I’ll be keeping the notions vague enough that lots of different stories might be written from them.

Thanks for visiting!


N is for Neural Rewiring

April 16, 2014

For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas…

This is a notion that I got in reply to a story I read via Escape Pod, “Loss with Chalk Diagrams” by E Lily Yu. That story brought in the idea of ‘neural rewiring’ to take away grief and the sense of loss after someone has died, but I started to wonder about using the same novum for someone to add new skills to help reach his goal.

Here’s how I see it: my protagonist is a young man, a stunt pilot with many strengths. He’s a  good flight leader, able to plan ‘routines‘ as beautiful as anybody in the field, (flight choreographer?) and has a good sense of spacial awareness when flying. But his reflexes aren’t good enough to fly his most incredible routines himself. He finds out about the rewiring techniques that could ‘fix‘ him (make him good enough) through his med student fiancee, his biggest booster, and she helps him apply for a clinical trial.

there aren’t any openings in the trial, he tries every connection he knows, eventually finds out the big secret of some woman who was in the trial and secretly blackmails her to get in.

The process works great on his flying, but changes his relationship with the fiancee, he still loves her but can’t show her how he feels in the same way or make her happy. Talks to the doctor about this, and finds out that he can still reverse the procedure, but not have both the reflexes and the things he took for granted that made their relationship work. And he has to decide right away, before the new neural pathways get reinforced.

So he leaves the girl with a note, and heads off to wow the crowd at the big show

This time, since I’m excited about writing this version, please don’t write it exactly as I laid it out above, but there are lots of possible variants on the idea. If you’re interested enough to pick this up and write your own version, feel free; ideas are cheap. And let me know!

Thanks for visiting!


M is for the Magic Milkshake

April 15, 2014

For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas…

So we’ve got a magic milkshake. Who serves it? A mom of course, to her daughter.

What’s the magic supposed to do? The mom is trying to make sure that she goes steady with a rich boy from a successful family, (despite the girl’s own ideas.) Maybe the boy gets a magic milkshake of his own.

If you’re interested enough to pick this up and write your own version, feel free; ideas are cheap. And let me know! I’ll be keeping the notions vague enough that lots of different stories might be written from them.

Thanks for visiting!


L is for Lair of the Lawyer

April 14, 2014

For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas…

I don’t have much more than this phrase for L: “Lair of the Lawyer.” A lot of the ideas that I’ve posted so far I made up with some free association and looking at words that were on my Holly Lisle ‘Sweet Spot Map’. For L, I saw the lair and ‘lawyered’ (as in the HIMYM catchphrase,) but just thought of the phrase ‘Lair of the Lawyer.’ And then, in my A-Z ideas file, I added “I’m not sure what I can make from this.”

So, where is the lair of the lawyer? Some lonely cave, or a fancy condo on the top floor of a skyscraper? Is he a scoundrel willing to twist the law for the sake of whoever will pay his bills, or a misunderstood man with a good heart?

If you’re interested enough to pick this up and write your own version, feel free; ideas are cheap. And let me know! I’ll be keeping the notions vague enough that lots of different stories might be written from them.

Thanks for visiting!


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