Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Bingo Queen and the Health Nut

Health Nut by Jayson Hotchkiss
Pick two from below who have naturally opposing views on life. Two who will clash as soon as you throw them together. Now put them in a scene or short story where they're vying for the same thing or must cooperate. The last piece of pie? The beneficence of a benefactor? Stuck in a vampire's holding pen together?

I stumbled across this list while moving stuff to a new computer. I'm guessing it came from a NaNoWriMo "take a character/leave a character" folder someone created in 2006. Now the NaNoWriMo forums have an official Adoption Society folder with lots of things to adopt like plots, names, titles ... fears, super powers. Though the forums are archived and cleaned out each year, the link should hopefully keep working.

  • bingo queen
  • bartender who doesn’t drink
  • nerdy criminologist, expert on criminal psychology, loser on figuring out social skills
  • collector of orally-told, ancient stories, wandering about the continent
  • ninja incompetent
  • bumbling wanna-be ruler of the world who attracts others eager to change the world, looking for a leader
  • seller of addictive substances who is convinced he’s being a help to society
  • rescuer of animals in a world that treats them as disposable
  • teenage emperor pretending incompetence as he ferrets out the ones who would take over his empire
  • world weary vampire, who doesn’t have the strength of character to kill himself
  • proselytizing health and exercise nut afraid of dying
  • cherry picker who dreams of climbing the highest peak in the kingdom
  • spirit who has returned 20 years after his death when the fortune and estate he spent a lifetime building is being frittered away
  • young boy left behind by his migrating family is taken in by his tribe's enemy
  • spiritual girl in a land of atheists
  • vampire that feeds off fear
  • girl possessed by her dead grandmother as she seeks to continue her research into a cure for a disease that is wiping out the neighboring enemy
  • crazy cat lady who is the contact point for her cadre of cat spies.
  • wish-fulfillment fairy who can’t fulfill her own wishes. She was cursed by an ogre who was killed in retaliation by her boyfriend.
  • giant with a mullet and an obsession for butterflies

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