So, I haven't been writing much lately, and that's sad. Especially when it's kinda what I want to do with the rest of my life, it's probably important for me to be writing. And so, today, I finally just sat down in my chair and started typing. Only about 300 words actually written today, and it was a flash fiction writing prompt, not anything special, but I started. And I'm going to keep at it, because I love doing it. I also took a long walk, listened to epic music, and started brainstorming what I had to do to fix the novel I'm working on.
It's become pretty clear to me at this point that there are major problems with the book I'm writing, and that's why I've gotten so far into a rut. But I came home from my walk today with really clear, discernible, and realistic goals for the novel, and I think it'll make the story not only much better, but much easier to finish. So, to kick all that off, I popped on what has become a website I frequent now, Twitch.tv, and streamed myself doing that writing prompt I talked about and doing some preliminary outlining/planning work on fixing my novel, To Look Skyward.
You can see that video here.
If you just want to read the flash fiction that came from the writing prompt, it'll be at the bottom of this post. All that being said, I'm really pumped to be writing again, and I have lots of ideas. So many ideas. Time to go get them out of my head and on to paper. Er, virtual paper, anyway.
Prompt #1: An impulse buy leading to intergalactic warfare.
Normally, when you go to the grocery store, you don’t expect to start a war. I didn’t have any expectations in that direction, anyway, when I headed to Wal-Mart early Wednesday morning to grab some toilet paper. It’s only a few blocks from my house, so most of the time I walk. Looking back on that day, I would rather have wiped with a dish rag than have to deal with the fallout of my visit to the superstore.
You see, twenty years ago, the aliens invaded. But it wasn’t your typical alien invasion, mind you, like they used to portray in those corny movies. When the extraterrestrials came, they came with consumer products and capital investments, not with laser guns and dreadnoughts. They had those too, of course, but what’s the profit in blowing up potential customers? And public relations would’ve really tanked if they had enslaved us all. No, it was much safer to just offer us shiny new technology and watch our society do backflips for a decade trying to cope with the influx of new innovation. There was massive job turnover, completely new industries developing overnight, and a whole lot of insanity as everyone tried to cope with the new world we lived in. Things have more or less shaken out now, but, of course, Wal-Mart is still around. They did rather well in the transition.
Wow, talking about all of this makes my trip to go buy toilet paper seem rather mundane. Trust me, it wasn’t.